Crisp helps Athletics beat Angels 7-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Coco Crisp and Danny Valencia helped Dillon Overton have a winning debut.
Crisp hit a two-run single and scored four times, Danny Valencia homered and drove in three runs, and Overton pitched into the sixth inning to get the win in major league debut as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Saturday night.
Overton was overcome with emotion as he exited and was still flying high after his first postgame beer shower.
''When I got taken out, I was walking off the field and looking up at the stands at my family,'' Overton said. ''It almost makes your eyes want to start watering a little bit because it's such a surreal feeling. It's a dream come true. Not many people can get their first big league win in their first outing.''
The A's won have won the first three games of the series.
Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 574th homer to snap a tie with Harmon Killebrew for 11th place on baseball's career list. It was Pujols' second homer in two nights and No. 14 on the season, but the Angels lost their sixth in a row and fell to a season-worst 13 games under .500 (31-44).
Los Angeles loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Sean Doolittle retired the next two in order.
''Seems like the situation we need to win on the field to start the flow of momentum, to put the game on our terms, some of it is slipping through the cracks,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''You absolutely cannot go out there and give 10 baserunners in four-plus innings and think you're going to have a chance to win.''
Overton gave up back-to-back homers by Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout in the first inning. The 24-year-old left-hander was charged with three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
''We were kind of laughing on the bench after the first inning,'' Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt said. ''He threw his first pitch, gave up his first homer and got his first punch-out. Got everything out of the way, now it's time to go pitch.''
Jhoulys Chacin (2-4) allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings for Los Angeles.
''I've been working hard, trying to get better, and today, the first inning I couldn't make that good pitch,'' Chacin said. ''I just felt bad that I couldn't get through the fifth and we lost the game, but I'm going to keep battling and trying to get better.''
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea made a rehab start with Class-A Stockton on Friday. A's manager Bob Melvin said Manaea felt great after throwing 69 pitches over 3 2/3 innings. Manaea gave up two earned runs and two hits. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 14 with a left pronator strain.
Angels: RHP Joe Smith will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday with Class-A Inland Empire. Smith previously threw live batting practice twice, with the latest mound session coming Thursday. Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 7 with a strained left hamstring.
Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray will try to snap a career-high five-game losing streak in the series finale. Gray is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four games at Angel Stadium.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago has shown signs of improvement after a streak of rough outings in May and June, allowing only one earned run in each of his last two starts. Santiago is 3-3 with a 3.34 ERA in in 12 games against Oakland and allowed four earned runs over 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision in his one start against the A's this season.