ANAHEIM -- A's slugger Khris Davis belted his Major League-leading 48th homer on Saturday at Angel Stadium, and Jed Lowrie also went deep, inching closer to joining Davis in triple-digit RBI territory.The A's, who claimed a 5-2 win over the Angels, have already secured a playoff berth, allowing them to
ANAHEIM -- A's slugger Khris Davis belted his Major League-leading 48th homer on Saturday at Angel Stadium, and Jed Lowrie also went deep, inching closer to joining Davis in triple-digit RBI territory.
The A's, who claimed a 5-2 win over the Angels, have already secured a playoff berth, allowing them to relish such moments without the pressure of playing for more.
Both Davis and Lowrie will look to further pad their career-best totals in Sunday's regular-season finale, before hunkering down and preparing for Wednesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees in New York.
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Davis' first-inning homer, a two-run shot to opposite field against Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs, gave the A's a 2-0 lead and brought serious intrigue to his pursuit of 50.
Assuming the designated hitter starts Sunday, he'll have at least three more at-bats to crank out two home runs, which would make him the third player in A's history to reach the 50-homer plateau (Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire). Davis has enjoyed multihomer games on seven occasions this year.
"That's the balance right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We want to get some guys some rest and get some other guys some at-bats, too, but we also want to potentially take care of some milestones."
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Davis' blast pushed his RBI total to 123, four shy of MLB leader J.D. Martinez, while Lowrie, who delivered a sacrifice fly in the third and launched a solo homer in the sixth, exited the day with 99 RBIs -- 24 more than his previous career high. The veteran infielder's 23 home runs are also a career high in an All-Star season, besting his previous mark of 16. Stephen Piscotty got in on the fun, too, using a sac fly in the eighth to record his career-high 86th RBI.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks, a candidate to start Wednesday's winner-take-all game as an opener, provided a scoreless first inning, keeping his ERA in the first inning as an opener at 0.00 after seven appearances this month.
"He's the one guy that's been consistent in that particular role," Melvin said. "He's handled it really well."
Hendricks is ready to take on the unconventional role with everything on the line.
"I think there's definitely going to be a lot more scrutiny on it," he said. "I think it's one of those things, if it doesn't work, it's going to be the reason, where if it does work, it's going to be the reason as well. Everything is going to be amplified, and at this point we're going to take it as we go, and if we do it, we do it, and if we don't, we don't. At the end of the day, as long as you get all 27 outs, that's all that matters."
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Trevor Cahill allowed one unearned run across four innings after Hendrik's departure, before Shawn Kelley, Fernando Rodney, Jeurys Familia and Blake Treinen trotted out for postseason tuneups. Rodney walked three and allowed a run before escaping a bases-loaded jam, while Kelley and Familia offered clean innings.
Treinen worked around a hit and a baserunner who reached on catcher's interference to lock down his 38th save and lower his ERA to 0.78 through 80 1/3 innings, the lowest in Major League history among pitchers with a minimum of 75 innings pitched.
Chapman, who drew a walk ahead of Davis' home run, scored his 100th run of the season to go along with his 24 home runs and 42 doubles. He is just the fourth player in A's history to collect 100-plus runs, 20-plus homers and 40-plus doubles, and he joins the Indians' Francisco Lindor, the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, the Red Sox's Mookie Betts, the Braves' Ozzie Albies and the Astros' Alex Bregman as the only players to accomplish the feat this season.
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The Angels had two on with one out in the fifth when Kaleb Cowart sent a single to left-center field to bring in their first run. But Taylor Ward ran into the second out on the same play, unsuccessfully attempting a try for third base under the watch of A's center fielder Ramon Laureano, whose pinpoint throw easily nailed Ward. Since making his debut on Aug. 3, Laureano leads the Majors with nine outfield assists, five more than any other player in that span.
Davis, two homers shy of recording the third 50-homer campaign in franchise history, and the A's wrap up the regular season on Sunday with a 12:07 p.m. PT tilt at Angel Stadium. Left-hander Brett Anderson (4-5, 4.42 ERA) will start for Oakland opposite Halos right-hander Matthew Shoemaker (2-2, 4.82).
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.