Brandon Moss 19th inning HR gives the Oakland A's the win vs. L.A. Angels
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon Moss and the Oakland Athletics played 6½ hours of baseball before walking off with one tiring win.
Moss hit his second home run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the 19th inning to give Oakland a 10-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels early Tuesday in the longest major league game of the season.
"It was a crazy game and I'm glad it's over," Moss said. "That was exhausting, it really was."
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. By time, it was the longest game ever played in Oakland — and the longest in Angels history.
Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes singled off the left-center wall against closer Ernesto Frieri 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 Brett Anderson's bases-loaded walk to J.B. Shuck, but the A's tied it in the bottom half on Adam Rosales' two-out single off Jerome Williams after a costly error by Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.
Pujols homered twice earlier in the game and finished with four hits and three RBIs. Mark Trumbo also went deep for the Angels and added a two-run double.
As the game dragged on deep into the night, fans who remained in the scattered crowd of 11,668 chanted the names of Oakland's radio announcers, Ray Fosse and Ken Korach. One player in the Angels dugout wore a rally cap folded in half, with the bill sticking straight up like a mohawk.
But it was the A's who finally pulled it out on Moss' two-run shot.
"It's one of those things where you just want to quit, but at the same time you don't want to lose so you're not going to quit," Moss said. "You just keep fighting through and keep hoping they throw a ball into your bat. I don't even know how I hit it. I was so late on everything after the 10th inning on. If it was thigh-high or up I couldn't catch it, so I was just trying to get anything down in the zone. Both teams tonight battled so hard."
Seth Smith drew a leadoff walk from Barry Enright (0-1) in the 19th and, two outs later, Moss drove an 0-1 pitch to right for his fourth homer of the year.
Josh Hamilton jumped at the fence, but the ball sailed well beyond his reach.
"You're always going to have your share of frustrating games over the course of a season. This one was extremely frustrating," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Everybody gave it everything they had. It's frustrating when you don't put the outs together to hold the lead."
Enright, normally a starter, was called up from the minors Thursday and was making his first big league appearance of the season.
"It was a changeup," he said. "He swung through the first one and I wanted to make it more down but it hooked over the middle. I was trying to extend the game and I made a bad pitch."
Jerry Blevins (2-0) worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory.
It was the longest game in the majors since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-3 in 19 innings at St. Louis on Aug. 19 last year, according to STATS. But it wasn't the only baseball marathon of the night.
The Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 4-3 in 15 innings in a game that took 5 hours, 31 minutes, and ended about 12:45 a.m. on the East Coast.
Turned out, that was a breeze compared to what the Angels and A's had in store.
And all that baseball took a toll on both teams.
Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos was removed with a strained left hamstring and is headed to the disabled list. Third baseman Luis Jimenez came out with a bruised left shin.
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