OAKLAND — The
Richards, mixing a 94-mph fastball with a sharp overhand curve, threw one of the best games of his two-year career Tuesday night, limiting the A's to one run and seven hits in seven innings, striking out six.
But all Richards had to show for it was a no-decision, as the A's won, 2-1, on
Alberto Callaspo, traded from the Angels to Oakland in July, sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single to left.
Coco Crisp walked to load the bases, and with the Angels employing a five-man infield, Kohn struck out
After allowing Brandon Moss' RBI double in the first, Richards escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth by striking out Callaspo on a full-count curve and a first-and-third, two-jam in the fifth by striking out Donaldson with a 94-mph fastball.
Moss led off the sixth with a double to right-center, but Richards, who is 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts since replacing Joe Blanton in the rotation in late July, got Yoenis Cespedes to ground to third,
Reddick, the A's right fielder, helped preserve the tie with a diving catch of
The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but
The distance of Trout's homer off the window of a luxury suite high above the center-field wall Monday night, originally estimated at 421 feet, was bumped to 452 feet by
That still wasn't enough for Manager
"That ball was still in the air at 452 feet," Scioscia said Tuesday. "I don't know what the criteria is for measuring how long a ball is projected to go, but there's no way that ball was anything short of 500 feet."
According to ESPN, it was only the fourth-longest homer Trout has hit this season. His longest was a 462-foot shot in Kansas City on May 23.
"He's a strong kid with terrific bat speed and a great swing," Scioscia said. There isn't much Trout doesn't do well. Entering Tuesday, Trout led the AL in runs (106) and walks (100), he ranked second in average (.331), on-base percentage (.436), triples (nine) and multiple-hit games (55), third in slugging (.564), fourth in doubles (39) and sixth in stolen bases (33).
With his 25th homer Tuesday night, Trout became the first player in AL history with 25 homers, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks in one season.