ANAHEIM -#8212; The Athletics rallied from a 6-3 deficit, the blew a 9-6 lead on Tuesday night against the Angels.
After Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle gave up two runs to tie the game 9-9 and force extra innings, the resilient Athletics still had something left.
Jed Lowrie started the 11th with a single to left, then scored on Josh Donaldson's double as the A's squeaked out a wild 10-9 victory.
Jim Johnson, who picked up his first win Monday, earned another victory to improve his record to 2-2. The Athletics' new closer pitched two scoreless innings but did have to escape a jam in the 10th inning.
Yoslan Herrera, the Angels' seventh pitcher, took the loss. He gave up two hits and one base on balls in the fateful 11th inning.
The game lasted 4 hours, 12 minutes.
Donaldson was 3-for-6 with the RBI. Lowrie added three hits with two runs scored. Catcher Derek Norris, who came off the bench, had two hits and two RBIs.
Craig Gentry, still new to the A's lineup, played centerfield and had three hits and drove in two runs.
The A's had 16 hits and the Angels 12.
The A's took a 3-2 lead in the third when John Jaso's ground out playted Gentry after Eric Sogard rapped an RBI-single. Lowrie's double scored Sogard.
The Athletics got two in the seventh on Sogard's single plating Josh Reddick and a wild pitch that scored Gentry.
Doolittle squandered a two-run lead in the ninth. When Mike Trout belted a two-run home run.
Manager Bob Melvin said he likes what he's seen out of Johnson since he's been taken out of the closer's role. And the club has been winning -#8212; four in succession and eight of the last nine -#8212; so Melvin isn't feeling the urge to rush Johnson back in there.
"There's no reason not to (stay the course)," the manager said. "He's pitching a lot better. We want to see that continue. So does he."
Cole Kalhoun had three hits, including a home run, for Anaheim. Trout's fifth home run of the season accounted for the bulk of his three RBIs.
Athletics starter Dan Straily had a tough night. He gave up seven hits and six earned runs in 3? innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Coco Crisp was out of the A's lineup again Tuesday for the second consecutive game, but he did pinch hit but didn't deliver a hit.
"If he's getting close to 100 percent, I'm going to want to get him in the lineup," Melvin said.