Mickey Moniak's first career grand slam powers the Angels to a 7-5 win over the Athletics

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Mickey Moniak's first career grand slam powers the Angels to a 7-5 win over the Athletics

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mickey Moniak hit his first career grand slam, and Taylor Ward also homered in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Jo Adell had an RBI double and Logan O'Hoppe added an RBI single for the Halos, who have won three of four after taking two straight from Oakland.

Moniak cleared the bases with his fourth homer of the season to cap a five-run rally in the third. The former No. 1 overall pick has struggled despite getting regular playing time during his first full season with the Angels, but Moniak has improved sharply in recent weeks with improved plate discipline.

Brent Rooker hit his 14th homer and JJ Bleday had an RBI single for the last-place A's, who have lost four straight and 17 of 22. Oakland lost its 10th straight road game and dropped to a season-worst 24 games below .500.

Armando Alvarez got his first major league hit and his first RBI for the A's, ending the 29-year-old's epic quest for those achievements.

Alvarez doubled in the third, and he drove in a run in the eighth with a single. The former 17th-round pick played exactly 700 games in the minors over eight seasons since 2016, but he got his first major league callup last weekend after batting .311 with Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Tyler Anderson (7-7) yielded three runs on five hits and five walks over five uncharacteristically shaky innings for the Angels during which he was visibly and verbally upset with himself. The left-hander has been Los Angeles' best starter this season, but Anderson has issued 23 walks in his last six starts.

Ben Joyce escaped a jam in the eighth, and Carlos Estevez pitched the ninth for his 15th save - although the Angels closer lost his streak of 26 straight retired batters since May 21 on Tyler Soderstrom's two-out single.

Mitch Spence (4-4) yielded six runs on eight hits while pitching into the sixth inning of his fifth consecutive winless start for Oakland.

Moniak walked in the sixth and scored on a double by Adell, chasing Spence. Ward added his 14th homer in the seventh.

Alvarez's RBI single and Lawrence Butler's sacrifice fly on a sliding catch by Moniak trimmed the Angels' lead to 7-5.


Athletics: RHP Ross Stripling threw a bullpen session in Anaheim, and he's expected to throw another on Saturday. He has been out since May 25 with a right elbow strain.

Angels: INF Miguel Sano returned to the roster after a 50-game absence with left knee inflammation and grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... RHP Chase Silseth also returned from a 76-game absence with right elbow inflammation. He was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake.


Joey Estes (2-2, 5.53 ERA) takes the mound for Oakland in the series finale Wednesday against Roansy Contreras (1-0, 3.90 ERA), who will make his first start since joining the Angels last month in a trade with Pittsburgh. He started 29 games for the Pirates over the past two seasons.


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