ANAHEIM — The Angels, who have waited all season for their offense to arrive, are finally enjoying an extended hot streak at the plate.
The Angels’ come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the Oakland A’s on Friday night was their fourth straight victory, and sixth in their last seven. In all seven games they have scored at least five runs, their longest such streak since they did it 10 games in a row in their division-title season in 2014.
The Angels (55-55), back at .500 for the first time since July 2, pulled within two games of the Kansas City Royals for the American League’s second wild card spot. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners are in between the Angels and Royals.
On Friday night, the Angels trailed 6-2 in the sixth before mounting a comeback, with two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Cliff Pennington’s two-out, two-run single in the sixth cut the deficit in half. The Angels had a shot to add more, loading the bases on a Yunel Escobar single and a Mike Trout walk, but Albert Pujols stranded the runners with a foul out.
In the seventh, they took the lead with the help of Daniel Coulombe’s control issues. He walked Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Ben Revere before getting yanked.
Blake Treinen then entered. He struck out C.J. Cron, but pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena, who has struggled for most of the season, delivered one of his biggest hits with the Angels. His two-run single into left tied the score, 6-6.
Escobar then hit a dribbler toward third baseman Matt Chapman, who bobbled it as the go-ahead run scored. Trout’s third hit of the night — and 997th of his carer — added an insurance run.
The late runs also took Troy Scribner off the hook for a loss on the night of his first major league start.
Scribner lasted four innings and was charged with five runs, although only two were earned. His night was an uneven one, marked by a three-run homer, four walks and an embarrassing stumble on the mound.
Just before he was lifted in the fifth, for issuing his second straight walk to start the inning, he lost his footing on his follow-through and tumbled to the ground. After, he sat on the grass, a look of embarrassment more than any type of injury.
The Angels put Scribner into the rotation in place of Jesse Chavez, who had a 5.43 ERA after 21 starts. A non-drafted free agent, Scribner moved through the systems of the Houston Astros and then the Angels without attracting much attention on the prospect lists.
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