Rajai Davis

Angels rally in the ninth inning for first win of the season

Angels rally in the ninth inning for first win of the season

Cornered in an 0-and-2 count against a man who had struck him out 24 hours earlier, Danny Espinosa reconsidered his strategy in Tuesday’s ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum.

He told himself to wait on Ryan Dull’s next pitch, maybe try to “play pepper” with it. When it was a slider that floated over the plate, Espinosa pounced and sent the baseball soaring through the night. Improbably, he provided the Angels a comeback victory over Oakland 7-6 for their first win of 2017, and his first hit as an Angel. It salvaged Matt Shoemaker’s return to a major league mound and erased the team’s first bullpen blowup.

“To be able to come through for the team is the best feeling,”...

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