ANAHEIM (AP) — Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1.
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A’s to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco has gone 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.
The Angels had 12 hits, seven for extra bases. Right fielder Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games.
The A’s dropped to 67-90, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The A’s have lost seven of eight.
Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) continued his difficult rookie season for the A’s. He was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk.
It was Marte’s 13th home run and 27 of his 59 hits this season have been for extra bases. He came up as a third baseman but has started 22 games in left field, a position he had never played before at any level.
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Mike Trout’s walk in the fourth inning gave him 113 on the season, tying him for the Angels’ team record with Tony Phillips (1995) for most in a season. Trout leads the majors in walks and on-base percentage (.441).
Angels 3B Yunel Escobar left the game after three innings, complaining of left shoulder stiffness.
Athletics: Originally the team said rookie infielder Renato Nunez would be out for a day or two with a sore back, but by game-time announced he was available.
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained elbow), who has made only nine starts this season, threw a bullpen session and is expected to make a brief start either Saturday or Sunday. . DH Albert Pujols is out with right Plantar Fasciitis.
Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (5-11) is scheduled to come off the DL (strained right forearm) to make a brief start. Manager Bob Melvin said he would only throw about 30 pitches.
Angels: Rookie RHP Alex Meyer (1-3) is scheduled to make his fifth start for the Angels since his Aug. 1 trade from the Twins. He is 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA with the Angels.