KEY MOMENT: Down by two runs in the ninth, Kole Calhoun double for his third hit of the game and Mike Trout hit a towering two-run homer to center field, his fifth of the season, against left-hander Sean Doolittle to pull the Angels even, 9-9. But Oakland went ahead in the 11th when Jed Lowrie singled and Josh Donaldson hit a run-scoring double to left against Yoslan Herrera.
AT THE PLATE: Trout (double) and Howie Kendrick (single) drove in runs in the first, and Calhoun (two-run homer) and Chris Iannetta (two-run double) had the big hits in a four-run fourth, as the Angels built a 6-3 lead. David Freese followed a walk to Kendrick and J.B. Shuck’s single with an RBI single to center to pull the Angels to within 9-7 in the eighth.
ON THE MOUND: Setup man Joe Smith, who opened the season with six scoreless innings, was unable to protect a 6-5 lead or record an out in the eighth, as the A’s rallied for four runs and a 9-6 lead. Brandon Moss and Alberto Callaspo drove in runs with singles, and Derek Norris added a pinch-hit, two-run single off left-hander Jose Alvarez. But Michael Kohn pitched out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the eighth to keep the Angels within striking distance.
DOWN GOES DANE: Reliever Dane De La Rosa, whose velocity was way down against the New York Mets on Saturday night, now has a shoulder injury to go with the forearm strain that forced him to open the season on the disabled list. The Angels voided De La Rosa’s option to triple-A and placed him on the disabled list because of a shoulder irritation. De La Rosa, who went 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 75 games in 2013, will resume his rehabilitation in Arizona. There is no timetable for his return.
ON THE MEND: Hitting coach Don Baylor, who broke his leg in a freak opening-night mishap, has begun physical therapy and could return to work part time when the Angels come back from their next trip. “He could be around for early batting practice and to meet with the guys,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, “but it will be awhile before he returns to the dugout.”
EXTRA BASES: Through nine innings Tuesday, Angels relievers combined to allow 24 earned runs and 39 hits, including nine homers, in 40¿1/3¿ innings on the season for a 5.36 ERA. … With two more first-inning runs, the Angels have outscored opponents, 18-5, in the first inning this season.
UP NEXT: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 2.40 ERA) will oppose Oakland left-hander Tommy Milone (0-1, 5.40 ERA) at Angel Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: Channel 13. Radio: 830.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times