KEY MOMENT: Albert Pujols isn’t known for his speed, but after drawing a walk to lead off the 10th inning, the Angels’ first baseman took third on Josh Hamilton’s single to center field and scored the winning run on Howie Kendrick’s sacrifice fly to deep right field.
AT THE PLATE: Hamilton, Kendrick and Erick Aybar opened the second with singles, Hamilton scoring on Aybar’s hit. Wild pitches by A’s starter Sonny Gray allowed Aybar and Kendrick to take second and third with no outs. Gray got David Freese to ground out to first and struck out Chris Iannetta. He was one strike away from escaping the jam when No. 9 hitter Gordon Beckham flared an 0-and-2 pitch into right field for a two-run single and a 3-0 Angels lead.
ON THE MOUND: Wilson blanked the A’s on two hits through four innings but gave up three hits, including Geovany Soto’s double and Coco Crisp’s RBI single, in a two-run fifth and a tying solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the sixth. Mike Morin replaced Wilson in the sixth and walked Soto to load the bases. But the rookie right-hander, after throwing a pair of 2-and-2 changeups that pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt fouled off, struck out Vogt with a fastball to preserve a 3-3 tie. Kevin Jepsen (seventh), Joe Smith (eighth), Huston Street (ninth) and Fernando Salas (10th) each threw scoreless innings for the Angels.
MOUND MYSTERY: The Angels remain undecided on a starter for Saturday night. Asked if his options are limited to pitchers in the organization, Manager Mike Scioscia said, “Right now, yes.” Triple-A left-hander Randy Wolf and double-A left-hander Michael Roth are the top minor league candidates. Reliever Cory Rasmus, who threw a season-high 51 pitches in 22/3 innings Monday night, could also start with Hector Santiago, who would normally throw a between-starts workout Saturday, possibly bridging the gap between Rasmus and the rest of the bullpen.
EXTRA BASES: The A’s flip-flopped their rotation this weekend to split up left-handers Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir and to give Kazmir an extra day of rest. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will now start Saturday night’s game, and Kazmir will pitch Sunday. … Angels left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who was designated for assignment after giving up six runs in 31/3 innings in Monday night’s loss to Miami, cleared waivers and was outrighted to triple-A Salt Lake.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Jered Weaver (14-7, 3.72 ERA) will oppose Oakland left-hander Lester (13-8, 2.53 ERA) at Angel Stadium at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 710, 830, 1330.