*

upload_article_image

Murphy homers again, Montas wins as A's beat Angels 6-4

Sean Murphy homered for the second consecutive night, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run double and Frankie Montas pitched the Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Tuesday for their fifth straight win.

Shohei Ohtani hit his 18th home run with two outs in the eighth inning for the Angels. The two-way star is 2 for 9 in the series.

Montas (7-6) struck out eight with one walk over seven innings to win for the second time in six starts. He allowed two runs and five hits, including RBI singles by Justin Upton and David Fletcher.

Oakland Athletics' Skye Bolt catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Jared Walsh during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

Pinch-hitter Seth Brown delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth and Andrus followed with his double to make it 5-2.

Yusmeiro Petit gave up a leadoff homer to Jared Walsh in the ninth but finished for his second save.

Los Angeles lefty Andrew Heaney (4-4) had his three-start winning streak snapped, allowing three earned runs and five hits over five innings. He struck out six.

Oakland Athletics' Elvis Andrus hits a two-run double next to Los Angeles Angels catcher Kurt Suzuk during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

STICKY STUFF

Angels manager Joe Maddon supports the upcoming MLB crackdown that promises to penalize pitchers for using foreign substances to help them grip the ball.

“As an industry and moving forward and really trying to create the best version of our game that we can to make it interesting for us and for kids that may want to play in the future, I think it’s the right thing to do,” Maddon said. “It is really an unfair advantage. And that unfair advantage can also be defined in regards to games with greater resources possibly. I’m not talking about getting better sticky stuff, I’m talking about getting better players that then utilize enhancements like this that make them even better.”

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

Maddon insists he isn’t trying to offend anyone with the Angels or in baseball.

“I’m all about this game being resurrected and putting it back on the pedestal it deserves," he said. "It still is the best game, but it’s not recognized that way. It’s not spoken about as the national pastime anymore, and that bothers me. I think all these little bumps in the road, all these glitches, interfere with that.”

MELVIN'S CONTRACT

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

Bob Melvin, the winningest manager in Oakland history, is staying put through at least next season after the club exercised his contract option for 2022.

“Bob brings a real human touch in a world that’s very much driven by data,” said Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “Bob’s just kept up and he’s stayed in step.”

Melvin has guided the A’s to an 809-715 record since taking over on June 9, 2011. He recently passed Tony La Russa for most victories by an Oakland manager and last weekend became the 35th person in major league history with 1,300 managerial wins.

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Jose Iglesias, left, after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon was held out, a day after straining his right triceps diving for Chad Pinder’s double in the fifth. Rendon is not expected to need a stint on the injured list. “Better than we thought or expected,” Maddon said. … LHP José Quintana, who threw a 25-pitch bullpen Monday, is likely to face hitters soon and perhaps in a simulated game once the team returns to Anaheim.

Athletics: Pinder doesn't have a concussion from being hit behind his left ear by an 82 mph splitter from Junior Guerra in the seventh inning Monday but “was a little groggy this morning.” He came to the ballpark and went through baseball activities and isn't expected to miss significant time. “I'm happy to say he's feeling better as the day goes along," Melvin said. ... CF Ramón Laureano (strained right hip) ran the bases and “felt good and that's the most important thing,” Melvin said. If Laureano is fine Wednesday he will likely be activated.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Steve Cishek, right, is taken out of the game by manager Joe Maddon, left, during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

ROSTER MOVE

The Angels optioned RHP James Hoyt to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled RHP Aaron Slegers from their top farm club. Slegers entered in the eighth.

UP NEXT

LHP Cole Irvin (4-7, 3.70 ERA) takes the mound for Oakland in the series finale opposite RHP Griffin Canning (5-4, 5.22).

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Los Angeles Angels' David Fletcher hits an RBI single nexxt to Oakland Athletics' Sean Murphy during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)

Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha, right, is congratulated by Matt Olson after scoring on a single by Matt Chapman against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP PhotoJed Jacobsohn)