The reliever was rolling, so Angels manager Mike Scioscia elected to use him for a third inning Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum, more than he had pitched in two years.
Two outs into the 11th inning and tiring, on his 39th pitch, Deolis Guerra left a changeup and served up the winning homer to Jed Lowrie, as the Athletics topped the Angels, 3-2.
Oakland won in walk-off fashion for a third consecutive game, while the Angels lost for the fifth in their last six games.
Only two Angels pitchers had preceded Guerra. Two others had warmed behind him. But Scioscia was convinced the changeup-reliant right-hander was the right choice.
“He’d been up at that pitch count...