But Kazmir overcame his case of the yips against the Angels on Sunday, giving up just one earned run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings to lead the A's to a 3-2 victory in the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday.
Kazmir has been one of the
It got so bad that A's Manager Bob Melvin pushed Kazmir back in the rotation at least twice so Kazmir could avoid having to face the Angels.
But Kazmir had no fear on Sunday, escaping two early jams and then leaning on an infield defense that turned double plays to end the fifth and sixth innings.
The Angels put two on with one out in the first inning when Kole Calhoun and
The Angels put two on with two out in the third when Calhoun walked and Trout singled. Pujols made solid contact off Kazmir again but lined out to right field to end the inning.
Clippard gave up a single to David Freese but struck out
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out three and walking two.
The A’s scored once in the third on
The game was delayed for 5 minutes and 14 seconds in the second inning for an instant-replay review of a call at third base in which Lawrie, attempting to steal, was initially ruled safe, then out by umpire Greg Gibson when he slid past the bag.
Replays showed clearly that Freese, the Angels third baseman, tagged Lawrie once. He did not make a second attempt to tag Lawrie after the runner came off the bag.
But replay officials in New York, issuing a rare explanation for a decision, determined that Lawrie was tagged on the right shoulder prior to touching third base. Those officials look at the entirety of the play no matter what part is challenge.