Brandon Moss hit his second home run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the 19th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels early Tuesday in the longest major league game of the season.
The teams were on the field for 6 hours, 32 minutes in a marathon game that ended at 1:41 a.m. on the West Coast. It was the longest game ever played in Oakland by time and the longest in Angels history as well.
Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes singled off the left-center wall to drive in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Los Angeles went ahead 8-7 in the 15th on a bases-loaded walk, but the A’s tied it in the bottom half on Adam Rosales’ two-out single after a costly error by Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.
Pujols homered twice earlier in the game and finished with four hits. Mark Trumbo also went deep for the Angels and added a two-run double.
All that baseball took a toll on both teams.
Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos was removed with a strained left hamstring and third baseman Luis Jimenez came out with a bruised left shin.
Oakland lost center fielder Coco Crisp to a strained left hamstring and outfielder Chris Young to a strained left quadriceps.
Brett Anderson was originally scheduled to start for the A’s but was scratched with a sore right ankle in favor of Dan Straily. Anderson entered to start the 13th and pitched 5 1-3 innings before hobbling off the field with an apparent foot injury.
Jerry Blevins, the last reliever in the Oakland bullpen, was given as much time as he needed to warm up. He retired Mike Trout and Pujols to end the top of the 18th inning.
The A’s scored four times in the eighth, two on Josh Donaldson’s single, to close the gap.
Angels reliever Jerome Williams did not allow an earned in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two.
Tommy Hanson pitched six strong innings for Los Angeles, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high six in his first start since being activated from the bereavement list.
Called up to fill in for Anderson, Straily lasted 4 2-3 innings. He gave up six runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out six.
Pujols homered for the first time in three weeks, when he also hit two at the Texas Rangers on April 7, a span of 74 at-bats. He had three hits in his previous 31 at bats.
Hanson pitched for the first time in 10 days, improving to 6-1 when making his debut in an AL ballpark. He extended his scoreless inning streak to 11 innings before allowing a run in the fourth.
Pujols homered with two outs in the first inning and Trumbo led off the second with his fourth of the season. He hit it with such force — the drive was estimated at 475 feet — that every A’s player remained stationary, not even bothering with a cursory glance.
John Jaso’s RBI single brought the A’s to 2-1, but the Angels rallied for four runs in the fifth, with Pujols and Josh Hamilton driving in runs and Trumbo driving in two with a double. Pujols homered again in the seventh.
Trumbo has a hit in 21 of his 25 games and has reached base safely in 24 of them.
Bourjos went 0 for 4, was hit by a pitch and added a sacrifice bunt, ending his 10-game hitting streak. He strained his left hamstring running out the bunt in the 10th and left the game.
Crisp came out in the 13th inning.
NOTES: Angels INF Erick Aybar (bruised left heel) had two hits, a double and a home run, in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Salt Lake. … RHP Mark Lowe (neck strain) and INF Alberto Callaspo (tight right calf) will start a rehab assignment with Inland Empire on Tuesday. … RHP Garrett Richards (1-1, 3.65 ERA) starts Tuesday night for the Angels against RHP Jarrod Parker (0-4, 8.10), whose four losses match an Oakland record for April. … Donaldson was chosen AL player of the week for last week. … Pujols had his 46th career multihomer game. … RHP Jesse Chavez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Straily.