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Jonathan Lucroy flied out in his first chance at getting the winning hit. The next time up , he didn’t miss.


Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and the Athletics capped their comeback Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

”They stacked the left side up, so you don’t want to roll into a double play right there,” Lucroy said. ”I was trying to stay inside the ball and hit it somewhere up the middle or the other way.”

The A’s rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, an inning that ended when Lucroy hit a flyball with runners on first and second.

Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied out, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn’t matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it.

”We had a couple guys coming out of the bullpen just brought too many walks with them and hit batters,” Scioscia said. ”We put too many guys on base from the ninth inning on and those guys got it done.”

Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth.

Blake Treinen (4-1) got the win.

Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run

It was another blown save for Scioscia’s bullpen, the 15th by the Angels this season.

Blake Parker gave up two runs in the ninth. He also had a blown save Wednesday in Seattle. Canha’s tying single came off Cam Bedrosian.

”We made them work early on and they picked us up every single time,” Angels starter Andrew Heaney said. ”They may be struggling now and some guys are having their issues and that’s part of baseball.”

Chris Young homered and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

Pujols’ drive off Daniel Mengden was his fourth this month and 11th overall this season. It also moved the Angels’ 38-year-old slugger within five home runs of tying Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place all time.

Pujols also had an RBI single in the third.

Trout had homered in four of his previous six games. He had singles in the fifth and ninth, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.


Heaney allowed Canha’s home run in the second and a sacrifice fly to Olson in the seventh. Beyond that, the left-hander was stellar with eight strikeouts in eight innings. ”One mistake to Canha that was a changeup down the heart of the plate ,” Scioscia said. ”Outside of that he was dotting that outside corner, moving the ball in and changing speeds with his breaking ball all day.”


Mengden has issued 10 walks in his three June starts. He had only eight in his first 12 starts.


Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) added throwing to his regimen, one day before his scheduled visit with a hand specialist in Los Angeles. Chapman’s biggest hurdle remains swinging a bat. … LHP Brett Anderson (strained left shoulder) is headed for Arizona to pitch in extended spring training.


Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-2, 2.61 ERA) faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a two-game series Monday in Anaheim. Barria’s ERA is the lowest among all rookies with at least 40 innings this season.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (1-1, 11.05 ERA) starts against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday to begin Oakland’s 10-game road trip.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets hit the field together for the first time this offseason — without their star running back.Le’Veon Bell was not among the players present Tuesday for the start of the team’s voluntary three-day minicamp. Linebacker Darron Lee, whose role with the team is uncertain, was also not on the practice field.Coach Adam Gase appeared unconcerned, though, downplaying the fact neither was present.“It’s voluntary,” Gase stressed. “(Bell) was here that first week (of offseason workouts) , and we got a lot of good information that week to him.”According to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams with new coaches are allowed to hold a voluntary minicamp early in the offseason program. Teams also hold 10 sessions of organized team activities, which are also voluntary. The Jets’ mandatory minicamp begins June 4.Gase said Bell, signed as a free agent last month, was with the team during the first week of offseason workouts, and Lee has also been at the facility.The coach added that players who might not attend a voluntary session can remotely keep up to date on what the team is doing through the playbooks on their iPads.Bell not being at the on-field session Tuesday was magnified mainly by the fact he hasn’t participated in a practice since the 2017 season with Pittsburgh. He sat out all last season after declining a five-year, $70 million offer from the Steelers and then refusing to sign his $14.5 million franchise tender.The Jets signed him to a four-year, $52.5 million deal that includes $27 million in guaranteed money. During a conference call last month, Bell said he was happy to begin a new chapter in his career and would be physically ready to go when the season starts.“He has a pretty good training regimen that he goes through,” Gase said. “He knows how to get his body ready for training camp and the regular season. He’s been doing this for a minute.”While Bell will be the clear starter this season as a playmaker out of the backfield, Lee’s status with the Jets is murky.The linebacker’s name has been mentioned in trade speculation leading up to the draft. He has started at inside linebacker the past three seasons since being drafted in the first round out of Ohio State in 2016 Taylor Rapp Jersey , but the Jets signed former Baltimore star C.J. Mosley last month to team with Avery Williamson at that spot.Lee is due $1.8 million this year and the Jets must decide by May 3 whether to exercise their fifth-year option on his contract for next season.“We’ll make that determination in due time,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said.Lee has not performed up to expectations since being the 20th overall pick, but showed some improvement last season with the first three interceptions of his career — including one returned for a touchdown. But he was suspended the final four games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.“Once again, it’s voluntary,” Gase said. “It’s not one of those things where we’re going to spend a ton of time asking questions. The guys that show up, we’re going to try to help get better.”NOTES: Gase is having the offense and defense practice separately during the voluntary minicamp instead of pitting them against each other this early in the offseason. “We just thought it was the best process for us, really,” Gase said. “We’re only two weeks into the offseason program. To me, it’s like, we want these guys to get comfortable with what we’re doing, how we do it Shareef Miller Jersey , the structure of practices. It’s a little bit different from what some of these guys are used to.” … DL Leonard Williams on new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, whose intense approach has been well-documented during his several NFL stops: “I love guys like that. I love those high-intensity, get-after-it type of coaches that really know how to push you and get the best out of you. … I’m looking forward to playing for him.” … QB Sam Darnold said working with Gase is “awesome” and he has learned a lot already from the Jets’ new coach, including how Gase prepared the Dolphins last year to face the young quarterback. “Yeah, he was like, ‘This is what we picked on you, this is how we wanted to defend you, this was kind of our mindset going into the game because we knew you were on the other side of the ball,'” Darnold said. “Designing a game plan to go against me, hearing his thoughts on that and what head coaches are kind of thinking going against me is very interesting.”