The Oakland Athletics look to complete a three-game sweep of Los Angeles when they host the struggling Angels on Thursday. Oakland has outscored Los Angeles 34-10 while winning five consecutive meetings and is 11-5 against the Angels this season.
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The Athletics are in a virtual tie with the Cleveland Indians for the American League's second wild-card spot and trail the leading Tampa Bay Rays by a half-game. Marcus Semien hit a two-run blast in Wednesday's 4-0 victory while Jurickson Profar and Sean Murphy hit solo home runs with Murphy's fifth-inning shot also representing his first major league hit. Los Angeles has lost three straight games and 10 of its last 12 and has also dropped 15 of its past 18 road contests. Angels star Mike Trout was hitless in four at-bats to drop to 8-for-42 over his last 11 appearances and he is 2-for-14 lifetime against scheduled Oakland starter Brett Anderson.
TV: 3:37 p.m. ET, FS West (Los Angeles), NBCS California (Oakland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels LH Jose Suarez (2-5, 6.71 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Brett Anderson (11-9, 4.04)
Suarez has dropped four straight decisions and has allowed 27 runs (24 earned) and 38 hits in 26 innings over his last six appearances. The 21-year-old received a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox in his last turn when he gave up four runs and four hits over five innings. Suarez served up two homers against Boston and has allowed 18 in just 63 innings.
Anderson defeated the New York Yankees in his last turn when he gave up two runs and six hits over six innings. The 31-year-old, who was moved up to start in place of right-hander Chris Bassitt, had lost four of his last five decisions before faring well against the Yankees. Anderson hasn't allowed a run in 13 2/3 innings while beating the Angels twice this season to improve to 4-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 15 career appearances (12 starts).
1. Semien matched his career best of 75 RBIs, set in 2016, and is one homer away from equaling his career high for homers set in the same season.
2. Slumping Angels DH Shohei Ohtani struck out in all three at-bats Wednesday and is 4-for-37 with 16 strikeouts over the past 11 games.
3. Bassitt left the team Wednesday for the birth of a daughter and his start was pushed back to Saturday.
PREDICTION: Athletics 5, Angels 3 Bet Now
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