ANAHEIM -- Danny Valencia's two-run, first-inning home run boosted Dillon Overton in his Major League debut as the Athletics beat the Angels, 7-3, to claim their third straight in the four-game set.Overton worked around three solo home runs, including back-to-back first-inning jacks from Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, to nearly
ANAHEIM -- Danny Valencia's two-run, first-inning home run boosted Dillon Overton in his Major League debut as the Athletics beat the Angels, 7-3, to claim their third straight in the four-game set.
Overton worked around three solo home runs, including back-to-back first-inning jacks from Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, to nearly deliver a quality start, exiting with two outs in the sixth inning and earning the win.
"It's a dream come true," said Overton, the first A's pitcher to start and win his debut since Bobby Cramer on Sept. 13, 2010. "Not many people can get their first big league win in their first outing. So it's awesome and I'm an extremely blessed young man."
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Angels right-hander Jhoulys Chacinstruggled again, and was unable to record a strikeout for the first time since Sept. 20, 2013. He exited after 4 2/3 innings. Valencia's two-run blast was responsible for half of the four runs scored against Chacin, sending the Angels to their sixth consecutive loss.
"We didn't do a whole lot on the mound to get it on our terms, so you're playing catch up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's what we've been doing this whole series. Our first order of business is to get our rotation where it needs to be to give ourselves chances to control a game early."
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So Crisp: A's outfielder Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, a walk and four runs scored in his return to the leadoff spot after a day off Friday.
"That's the Coco we know and love," said catcher Stephen Vogt. "He's a special baseball player and you never know, he could do that every day of his career and you wouldn't be surprised."
Oh man, not again: Calhoun and Trout rudely welcomed Overton to the big leagues with back-to-back homers in the first inning. Calhoun battled Overton, eventually turning on the eighth pitch of the at-bat and driving it a Statcast-projected 369 feet over the short wall in right field. Trout followed by taking a hanging 75-mph curveball and knocking it into the left-field bullpen. It was the third time the Angels have gone back-to-back this season, and the second time it's been Calhoun and Trout.
"Two of those guys have been All-Stars every year they've been in the league pretty much," Overton said of the homers. "So Trout's I didn't think too much of that one."
All-Star candidates: A's manager Bob Melvin cited Khris Davis, Vogt and Valencia as candidates to make the All-Star team. All three contributed in Saturday's win. Valencia had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer. Vogt added a sac fly. Davis had two hits and one RBI. More >
All Alone: Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols stands alone at 11th on the all-time home run list, as his fifth-inning solo shot off Overton moved him past Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. Pujols took a low, 88-mph fastball from Overton and hit it a Statcast-projected 424 feet (with 106-mph exit velocity) to center field to cut the Athletics' lead to 4-3. Pujols needs nine home runs to tie Mark McGwire (583) for 10th all-time. More >
"Pujols you have to give it to him, he hit that one a long ways," Overton said. "First time out there, you've just got to admire the distance on how far he hit it."
"This kid was under the knife [for Tommy John surgery in 2013] and to watch him progress the way he has and as quickly to move up, seeing him in Spring Training, and the confidence he pitched with, and the composure that he carries himself with, it was a lot of fun to watch him tonight." -- Vogt on OvertonMore >
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Mike Trout leads the Majors since 2013 with 36 first-inning home runs after launching a solo shot off Overton in the first inning to tie the game, 2-2.
Trout now has the highest Fangraphs WAR (42.7) for a position player in franchise history, passing Jim Fregosi, who had the lead while playing in 1,429 career games. Trout passed him in career game No. 727.
Athletics:Sonny Gray gets the start as the A's go for a four-game sweep of the Angels at Angel Stadium. Gray is winless in his last five decisions, which is a career-long streak. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. PT.
Angels: Left-hander Hector Santiago starts for the Angels as they look to avoid a sweep at home against the A's. Santiago has allowed one run in each of his last two starts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. PT.
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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.
**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the A's on Saturday.