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Game #34: A's Overcome Shaky Start, Beat Angels

Oakland takes two out of three from Anaheim, move into a tie for third place in the divison

Chad Pinder hit his second home run of the season to give the A's a 2-1 lead
Chad Pinder hit his second home run of the season to give the A's a 2-1 lead
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The Swingin' A's entered today's game with the 4th highest home run total (44) in the American League. Chad Pinder added number 45--his second home run of the season--with a go-ahead two-run blast in the 5th inning that didn't just get his starting pitcher, Andrew Triggs, off the hook but it also got himself and Ryon Healy off of it too.

With the home run, the A's would take a 2-1 lead which they never relinquished as they now move into a third-place tie with the Angels in the AL West following the win.

As we all know, there are two things that the A's are really good at doing: 1. hitting home runs and 2. kicking the ball around and forcing their pitchers to get 4, and sometimes 5 batters out in any one inning.

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Healy and Pinder were both responsible for the run that Triggs allowed in the first inning when Jefry Marte grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded and 1 out. In typical A's defensive fashion, Healy bobbled the ball at third while Pinder's turn to first was far too slow to turn two and get Triggs out of the inning.

Although it wasn't scored an error, Healy added one of those for good measure in the 5th inning immediately following a Pinder / Yonder Alonso tag-team miscommunication that would allow Juan Graterol to reach base (and go to second on what was ruled a double).

The A's lead the league with 32 errors (league average is: 20) and are a little bit lucky (if that's the word) that they don't end this home-stand with two more.

For Triggs' part, though he walked the bases loaded before retiring a batter; though it took him 27 pitches to retire his first 3 batters; and though it took him 108 pitches (half of which were balls) to get through 6 innings, he hung in there and battled, allowing just the 1 run in those 6 innings.

Between Liam Hendriks, Ryan Madson, and Santiago Casilla, Oakland's bullpen would allow just one base-runner in 3 innings of relief while holding the Angels scoreless.

Khris Davis added a key insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning with a base hit that would score Ryon Healy, making it 3-1 Oakland.

Andrew Triggs (5-2, 2.21 ERA) earns his team-leading 5th win of the season while ex-Athletic Jesse Chavez, earns the loss. Chavez moves to 2-5 on the year -- all 5 losses coming to teams in the AL West.

The A's have a travel day tomorrow and will resume action on Friday in Arlington as Jesse Hahn (1-2, 3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) will face Andrew Cashner (2.63 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) and the Texas Rangers.