ANAHEIM -- The Angels had Albert Pujols and his team-leading 119 RBIs on the bench, but they didn't have any trouble producing runs in an 8-1 win over the A's on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.Jefry Marte clubbed a grand slam, Mike Trout recorded his 99th RBI of the year,
ANAHEIM -- The Angels had Albert Pujols and his team-leading 119 RBIs on the bench, but they didn't have any trouble producing runs in an 8-1 win over the A's on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
Jefry Marte clubbed a grand slam, Mike Trout recorded his 99th RBI of the year, Kole Calhoun collected three extra-base hits and the Angels scored seven runs in the fourth inning to back starter Ricky Nolasco, who ended his season on a high note.
"The run support is huge," Nolasco said. "You can go out there and challenge more, fill up the zone and make the defense make some plays."
The Angels sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and hit for the cycle as a team. A's starter Daniel Mengden allowed the first seven batters to reach base in the frame before being pulled for Zach Neal. Mengden was charged with eight runs on nine hits in three-plus innings.
"When it rains, it pours," Mengden said. "I think I fell behind every hitter and got in bad fastball counts and they weren't quality fastballs and they hit me around a little bit. I just wasn't very good that inning. Execution was terrible, pitch quality was terrible. Just a terrible inning. It sucks to end that way, but when you fall behind good hitters like that, they're going to do some damage."
Trout continued his dominance of the A's with a single to score Calhoun in the first inning. A candidate for American League MVP, Trout has driven in 12 runs in 17 games against Oakland this year.
Nolasco scattered five hits over eight innings and allowed one unearned run in his last start of the year. He struck out four against two walks and improved to 4-6 in 11 starts with the Angels since coming over in a Trade Deadline deal with the Twins.
"You always want to go into the offseason on a good note," Nolasco said. "Eight innings there is nice."
Ryon Healy drove in the only run for the A's with a double to score Brett Eibner with two outs in the sixth. Eibner reached on a throwing error, making the run unearned.
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Grand opening: Marte ripped his first career grand slam to dead center to set the tone for the Angels' seven-run fourth inning. He added a double in his next at-bat. Marte has emerged as a power bat in his first year with the Halos, showing he can be a key piece to the team moving forward. More >
A's bats silenced (again): The A's, who have mustered just 10 hits total -- three of the extra-base variety -- in the first two games of this series, have been held to one run or fewer five times in their last seven games. Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien are all hitless in this series, while rookie third baseman Healy can't be slowed, with four hits in these first two games -- including three Tuesday. As a team, the A's rank last in the American League in runs, with 632.
Extra bases: Calhoun went 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles. He now has 33 doubles this year, which is a career-high for the Angels right fielder. He's doubled in each of his last four games.
Third time, no charm: Mengden's fourth-inning struggles reflected an ugly trend for the right-hander, who has a 9.00 ERA from the third inning on, compared to a 2.57 ERA in tge furst two innings. The right-hander finished his rookie season 2-9 with a 6.50 ERA in 14 starts over two stints with the A's.
"I'll take way more positives than negatives, you just never want to finish like that," Mengden said. "It will leave a bad taste in my mouth going into the offseason, so it's something to work for. We have a lot of guys, so it'll be a grind this offseason to work hard for next year, but I want to try to earn a spot back here."
"I'm very happy. I thank God for the opportunity, and I'm more happy because my mom was watching from the stands." -- Marte on his first grand slam coming with his mother in the crowd to watch him play for the first time in the United States
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Trout walked in the fourth inning to reach 113 for the season and tie the franchise record set by Tony Phillips in 1995.
A's: Right-hander Sonny Gray will return from the disabled list Wednesday for one final start, a 7:05 p.m. contest against the host Angels. Gray, who has been sidelined by a forearm injury since Aug. 6, is only expected to throw around 30 pitches.
Angels:Alex Meyer (1-2, 5.91 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale against the A's on Wednesday. It's the final start of the year for Meyer, who is trying to prove he belongs in the rotation for next season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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