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Oakland's Brandon Moss gets a shaving cream pie to the face as he conducts an interview after his game winning two-run home run in the 19th inning against Los Angeles on Tuesday morning in Oakland. The Athletics won, 10-8, in a game that lasted six hours and 32 minutes.
Oakland's Brandon Moss gets a shaving cream pie to the face as he conducts an interview after his game winning two-run home run in the 19th inning against Los Angeles on Tuesday morning in Oakland. The Athletics won, 10-8, in a game that lasted six hours and 32 minutes. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

American League

Athletics 10, Angels 8 (19)

Brandon Moss and Oakland 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 win over Los Angeles 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.

Jerry Blevins (2-0) worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the victory.

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.

Oakland lost center fielder Coco Crisp to a strained left hamstring and outfielder Chris Young to a strained left quadriceps.

Brett Anderson was originally scheduled to start for the A's but was scratched with a sore right ankle in favor of Dan Straily. Anderson entered to start the 13th and pitched 5 1-3 innings before hobbling off the field with an apparent foot injury.

Blevins, the last reliever in the Oakland bullpen, was given as much time as he needed to warm up. He retired Mike Trout and Pujols to end the top of the 18th inning.

"Good game to win, bad game to lose," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I mean, we exhausted everything we had obviously. Blevins probably has one more inning, then you might be looking at Seth Smith on the mound."

Moss hit a solo homer in the sixth and the A's scored four times in the eighth, two on Josh Donaldson's single, to close the gap to 7-6.

Angels reliever Jerome Williams did not allow an earned in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two.

Tommy Hanson pitched six strong innings for Los Angeles, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high six in his first start since being activated from the bereavement list.

Called up to fill in for Anderson, Straily lasted 4 2-3 innings. He gave up six runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out six.

Pujols homered for the first time in three weeks, when he also hit two at Texas on April 7, a span of 74 at-bats. He had three hits in his previous 31 at-bats.

Hanson pitched for the first time in 10 days. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 11 before allowing a run in the fourth.

Pujols homered with two outs in the first and Trumbo led off the second with his fourth of the season. He hit it with such force — the drive was estimated at 475 feet — that every A's player remained stationary, not even bothering with a cursory glance.

John Jaso's RBI single brought the A's to 2-1, but the Angels rallied for four runs in the fifth, with Pujols and Hamilton driving in runs and Trumbo knocking in two with a double. Pujols homered again in the seventh.

Bourjos went 0 for 4, was hit by a pitch and added a sacrifice bunt, ending his 10-game hitting streak. He was injured running out the bunt in the 10th.

"It (stinks) to play this long into the night and come out on the wrong end," Bourjos said.

Mariners 6, Orioles 2

Michael Saunders homered in his first at-bat since he was activated from the disabled list and Joe Saunders pitched his eighth career complete game to lead Seattle to a win over Baltimore in front of the smallest crowd ever at Safeco Field.

Kyle Seager had a two-run triple and Jason Bay added three hits as the Mariners won their third straight game for their longest winning streak of the season. Their latest victory came in front of announced total of 9,818 at the 14-year-old ballpark.

Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer for Baltimore. Zach Britton (0-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits over six innings in his first start of the season after being called up from Triple-A Norfolk.

Joe Saunders (2-3) gave up his first earned run at Safeco Field this season in his third home start, but went the distance for the first time since April 27, 2012. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out two while improving to 8-0 at the Mariners' longtime home.

Indians 9, Royals 0

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the eighth inning, Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and Cleveland pounded Kansas City to split its four-game series.

Raburn hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth. Raburn finished with four hits and Jason Kipnis also went deep to pace a suddenly potent Indians offense.

Not that all the offense was needed.

Jimenez (1-2) allowed only two walks and an infield single by Billy Butler over his first seven innings. Otherwise, he kept the Royals off balance in a dazzling start that brought back memories of the pitcher who once threw a no-hitter for the Colorado Rockies.

Meanwhile, Wade Davis (2-2) made a second straight miserable start for the Royals. The right-hander allowed eight runs and 12 hits and three walks in just 4 2-3 innings.

Tigers 4, Twins 3

Prince Fielder's towering three-run homer in the sixth inning put Detroit ahead, and the Tigers held on for their fourth straight win.

Detroit trailed 3-1 when Andy Dirks reached on a bunt single and Miguel Cabrera walked. Fielder hit the first pitch over the wall in left-center for an opposite-field homer. That part of the fence is about 405 feet from home plate.

Max Scherzer (3-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out 10 without a walk. Drew Smyly finished the eighth and got the first two outs of the ninth, and Joaquin Benoit finished for his second save.

Mike Pelfrey (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Josh Willingham went deep for Minnesota.

National League

Braves 3, Nationals 2

Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as Atlanta beat Washington and ended its four-game losing streak.

Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg ended his career-worst streak of losses in four straight starts. He allowed two runs in six innings.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said the pitcher has a little tightness in his right forearm and was seen by a doctor after his start. Johnson said the hard-throwing righty will be given medication. Strasburg, who is 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA, said he'll be able to make his next scheduled start.

Jordan Walden (1-0) struck out three in 1 2-3 hitless innings. Craig Kimbrel closed for his ninth save.

Tyler Clippard (1-1) took the loss.

Reds 2, Cardinals 1

Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and Cincinnati got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a victory over St. Louis.

Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save, finishing off the third road victory in 11 games for the Reds and handing St. Louis its third straight loss.

Yadier Molina had three of the Cardinals' seven hits, including an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced their first run in 17 innings. St. Louis stranded 10 runners.

Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in. He walked two, one intentionally, after issuing just one free pass in 37 1-3 innings over his first five starts.

Latos (2-0) worked around five hits and three walks in his sixth quality start in as many outings this season. The Reds have scored just four runs in his last three appearances.

Brewers 10, Pirates 4

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice against Pittsburgh.

Gallardo (3-1) also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.

Jean Segura also connected for the Brewers, who added three triples and matched a season high for runs. They hit back-to-back homers twice in a game for the first time since 2005.

Milwaukee is 45-7 against the Pirates at Miller Park since 2007, the best record by any team against a division opponent during that stretch.

Pirates starter Wandy Rodriquez (2-1) walked four in a five-run first. Rodriguez, who entered with a 1.66 ERA, had walked three batters in his first four starts this season.

Cubs 5, Padres 3

Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs as Chicago defeated San Diego.

Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles and Ransom went 2 for 4 with a home run against the team that let him go this month. Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh inning with runners in scoring position to preserve the lead.

Scott Hairston also homered for the Cubs.

Kevin Gregg got the final out of the eighth with runners on second and third and worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. After a 5-13 start to the season, the Cubs have won five of seven.

Michael Bowden (1-1) got the win in relief of Jeff Samardzija, who struck out eight in five innings.

Clayton Richard (0-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4

Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping San Francisco beat Arizona to end a five-game losing streak.

Belt also had a solo homer in the second inning against Ian Kennedy. The first baseman broke a 4-all tie in the eighth after Brad Ziegler (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Nick Noonan and walked two.

Marco Scutaro had three hits and scored two runs for the World Series champion Giants.

Jean Machi (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning for his first win in the majors and Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Jason Kubel hit a two-run shot for Arizona.

Rockies 12, Dodgers 2

Nolan Arenado hit his first major league home run, and Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler also homered, as Colorado beat the Los Angeles.

Arenado, one of the Rockies' top prospects playing in his second big league game, had his first three hits.

Tyler Chatwood (1-0) shut out the Dodgers over six innings, striking out five with no walks. he also had three hits and two RBIs.

Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (0-1) was finished after three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and eight hits. Josh Wall fared even worse, giving up seven runs and eight hits in two innings. The Dodgers used five relievers in all, including utility infielder Skip Schumaker, pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips dives to beat St. Louis' Matt Holliday to second on a force out for the final out of the fifth inning of Monday's game in St. Louis. Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) watches the play. Cincinnati won, 2-1.
Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips dives to beat St. Louis' Matt Holliday to second on a force out for the final out of the fifth inning of Monday's game in St. Louis. Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) watches the play. Cincinnati won, 2-1. Jeff Roberson/AP Photo
Colorado's Nolan Arenado opens his mouth as teammates dump sunflower seeds on him after he hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Monday's game at Los Angeles. Colorado won, 12-2
Colorado's Nolan Arenado opens his mouth as teammates dump sunflower seeds on him after he hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Monday's game at Los Angeles. Colorado won, 12-2 Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo
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