Angels bullpen gives up another lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LaTroy Hawkins became the latest Los Angeles reliever to give up a handful of runs, costing the Angels yet another game on what has been a bad road trip for the bullpen.
Hawkins allowed five runs, three hits and two walks in the sixth inning, allowing the Oakland Athletics to rally and beat the Angels 9-8 on Wednesday.
The Angels' bullpen allowed 32 runs over 29 1-3 innings over their last nine games.
"At some point things have to stabilize coming out of the bullpen to give us a chance," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We haven't been able to keep games on our terms as far as using guys in their role. That's highlighted by the fact the starters haven't gotten us to a certain point."
Kendrys Morales hit two of the Angels' five home runs. Four were off Dan Straily, the right-hander who was making only his second career start.
Zack Greinke walked five in five innings, remaining winless since his trade from Milwaukee to the Angels.
"The team has played well," Greinke said. "Some of us, including myself, have not pitched up to our standards. We should have won more than we did."
The A's beat the Angels for the seventh time this season and kept pace with first-place Texas in the AL West despite the rocky outing from Straily and blowing a 4-1 lead.
Oakland's sixth-inning outburst prevented Greinke from getting his first win since being acquired July 27.
"Until we see guys come back who have contributed for us, the guys here have to find a way to get it done," Scioscia said. "Our options of getting the pen stronger are on the disabled list."
"We're not holding the fort very well," Hawkins said.
Los Angeles nearly rallied in the ninth.
The teams played the final three innings with only three umpires.
Home plate umpire Bill Miller left the game in bottom of the sixth for unknown reasons. Miller had just signaled Moss out on a called third strike when he abruptly turned and left the field.
That came five innings after Miller was hit in the facemask by a pitch from Greinke. The pitch sailed over the glove of Iannetta and hit the umpire squarely in the facemask.
Second base umpire Dan Iassonga replaced Miller behind the plate.
Kottaras hit a two-run home run off Greinke in the second.
Notes: The five home runs tie a season-high for the Angels. ... Straily had five strikeouts and one walk in 4 2-3 innings. ... Oakland RHP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) ran in the outfield before the game and is scheduled to come off the DL to start the series opener in Chicago on Friday. McCarthy (6-3) has been on the DL since June 24. ... A's RHP A.J. Griffin (strained right shoulder) has not thrown since going on the DL on Aug. 5. ... RHP Erwin Santana (5-10) will pitch for the Angels when they begin a 10-game homestand against Seattle on Friday.
Updated August 8, 2012