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Barrera’s walk-off homer leads A’s past Angels 4-3

OAKLAND, California (AP) – Luis Barrera struck a walk-off, three-run shot for his first home run of his career, and Oakland Athletics got a seven-game home loss streak with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the opening of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

The A’s were trailing 3-1 with two outs in the ninth before coming together against closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).

Ramon Laureano doubled and Christian Bethancourt stepped up before Barrera launched the upturn into right-back spots in his 17th career battle. Barrera had made a mistake in the left field that allowed the Angels to score their third run.

Lou Trivino (1-2) retired Mike Trout with two on and two out to finish the ninth to earn the win.

Trout came off the bench and was part of a two-run rally that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead in the eighth.

Trout came to pinch hit after Sam Moll went from Jared Walsh with one out. Zach Jackson deliberately walked away from Trout after a pass ball before pinch hitter Anthony Rendon broke the post with an RBI single on the left.

Andrew Velazquez followed with a single left and Trout came around and scored after Barrera played the ball wrong for a foul.

The Angels took the lead in the first on an RBI forceout by Shohei Ohtani, but could not get anything else out of Paul Blackburn in 6 2/3 innings. Blackburn have allowed one run or fewer in five out of seven starts this season.

The A’s finished seventh on an RBI single by pinch hitter Jed Lowrie.

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The Angels got a couple of sharp defensive plays where Velazquez made a leaping grip to steal Kemp to lead the fight out and center player Aaron Whitefield made a dive catch to rob Sean Murphy to finish the sixth.

LET US PLAY TWO

The A’s play their second doubleheader this week, after sharing a traditional twinbill in Detroit on Wednesday. This is the first time since 1986 that the A’s played a pair of double-heads with nine innings in the same week.

Oakland had back-to-back twinbills at home against the Orioles on 28-29. August that season after rain earlier this month in Baltimore.

“I came here at 8 this morning and I’m leaving here around 10.30 tonight. But it’s baseball, right?” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said, “It’s part of our game.”

COACH’S ROOM

Angels: INF Matt Duffy rejoined the team after playing the last two nights on a rehearsal assignment in Triple-A. Manager Joe Maddon has not decided when Duffy will be activated after a stay at IL with COVID.

Athletics: AF Stephen Piscotty (calf) has still not been approved for baseball activity and is not expected to be ready on Tuesday once he is eligible to come from IL.

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In the second game, RHP Adam Oller (0-2, 11.17) came up from Triple-A Las Vegas as the 27th man for the extended doubles to face Angels RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 4.13).

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