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John Jaso's home run in 9th inning sparks A's past Angels 3-2

  • Oakland Athletics' John Jaso, right, hits a two-run home run as Los Angeles Angels catcher Hank Conger looks on during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Anaheim. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

ANAHEIM -- Baffled by a left-hander all night, the A's needed just one inning against Angels right-handed closer Ernesto Frieri to pull out a 3-2 win Monday.

John Jaso, who watched from the bench while Angels' starter Hector Santiago limited the A's to one run for seven innings, stepped in against Frieri and hammered a one-out, two-run homer into the right field bleachers in the ninth inning.

That turned a 2-1 deficit into a one-run lead, and Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen to secure the victory, Oakland's third straight and ninth in 13 games. That's the best record in the American League.

But the bottom of the ninth had its own bit of drama as the Angels challenged a close play at first base. Eric Sogard bobbled a one-out grounder at second base, and his throw to first base was a dead heat. Umpire Chris Segal's original call was that Howie Kendrick was out, and the video review did not overturn it.

Jaso has always loved hitting in Angels Stadium. He came in with a .415 average here, and that number jumped to .424 (28 for 66) with the homer.


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