Magneuris Sierra RBI double in 12th, Angels beat A’s 5-4 for sweep

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Magneuris Sierra hit an RBI single in the 10th inning, then doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th that lifted the Los Angeles Angels over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

The A’s suffered their second winless homestand of the season at 0-5.

Jaime Barria (2-2) limited the A’s to an unearned run in three innings of relief to pick up his first win since May 8.

The teams traded runs in the 10th inning, with Sierra and Ramon Laureano producing RBI singles. Austin Pruitt (0-1) gave up Sierra’s deciding double.

The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the sixth on a three-run homer by Luis Rengifo, his seventh of the year.

Oakland tied it in the seventh on a three-run double by Tony Kemp, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch it to a triple.

Athletics starter JP Sears allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his Oakland debut. The left-hander was acquired from the Yankees along with Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina and Cooper Bowman for Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino on Aug. 1.

Angels right-hander Touki Toussaint fanned six in five scoreless innings in his first start of the season and third appearance overall.

Angels star Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 with a single and an intentional walk.

LOWRIE DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT

Before the game, the A’s designated veteran infielder Jed Lowrie for assignment, ending the 38-year-old’s third stint in Oakland.

“He’s been a part of some great clubs, especially of late,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “He’s had some great moments here. So definitely not an easy day.”

Lowrie played for the Athletics from 2013-14, 2016-18 and 2021-22, making his lone All-Star Game in 2018. In 50 games this season, he batted .180 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.

Oakland also selected the contract of outfielder Cal Stevenson from Triple-A Las Vegas. He started in center field and went 1 for 3 with a single, walk and sacrifice bunt in his major league debut.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Aug. 5 with inflammation in his right middle finger. “We’re going to get him evaluated by a hand specialist Monday,” Kotsay said. Sears was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Blackburn on the active roster.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-7, 3.41 ERA) seeks his first win since May 22 as Los Angeles opens a three-game home series against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Sandoval has lost six straight decisions.

Athletics: RHP Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63) opens a three-game series in Houston on Friday. Oller earned his first major league win against the Astros on July 25, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings in a 7-5 victory.

Yankees star Judge hits 62nd homer to break Maris’ AL record

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season Tuesday night, breaking Roger Maris’ American League record and setting what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard.

The 30-year-old Yankees slugger drove a 1-1 slider from Texas right-hander Jesus Tinoco into the first couple of rows of seats in left field when leading off the second game of New York’s day-night doubleheader.

Maris’ 61 for the Yankees in 1961 had been exceeded six times previously, but all were tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year. Barry Bonds hit an MLB-record 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001, and the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa had 66, 65 and 63 during a four-season span starting in 1998.

McGwire admitted using banned steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performing-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball started testing with penalties for PEDs in 2004, and some fans – perhaps many – until now have considered Maris as holder of the legitimate record.

A Ruthian figure with a smile as outsized as his body, the 6-foot-7 Judge has rocked the major leagues with a series of deep drives that hearken to the sepia tone movie reels of his legendary pinstriped predecessors.

“He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ,” Roger Maris Jr. said Wednesday night after his father’s mark was matched by Judge. “I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.”

Judge had homered only once in the past 13 games, and that was when he hit No. 61 last Wednesday in Toronto. The doubleheader nightcap in Texas was his 55th game in row played since Aug. 5.

After a single in five at-bats in the first game Tuesday, Judge was 3 for 17 with five walks and a hit by pitch since moving past the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which had stood as the major league record for 34 years. Maris hit his 61st off Boston’s Tracy Stallard at old Yankee Stadium on Oct. 1, 1961.

Judge has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012. He leads the AL with 131 RBIs and began the day trailing Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315.

The home run in his first at-bat put him back to .311, where he had started the day before dropping a point in the opener.

Judge’s accomplishment will cause endless debate.

“To me, the holder of the record for home runs in a season is Roger Maris,” author George Will said earlier this month. “There’s no hint of suspicion that we’re seeing better baseball than better chemistry in the case of Judge. He’s clean. He’s not doing something that forces other players to jeopardize their health.”