Angels drop 3rd in a row to A’s as pitching, defense falter

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The season can’t end soon enough for the Angels.

The Angels lost 10-6 to the Oakland A’s on Sunday, getting swept by a team that has the worst record in the majors.

The Angels had a three-run lead in the sixth inning, and then proceeded to give up 10 runs over two innings filled with misplaced pitches and critical errors.

Starter Tyler Anderson and reliever Andrew Wantz each threw fastballs over the middle, allowing two-run homers in the sixth inning.

In the seventh, just after the Angels had tied the game at 4 on a Luis Rengifo homer, right-hander José Soriano fielded a comebacker that should have been a routine, inning-ending double play.

Instead, he threw the ball into center field, opening the floodgates for the A’s to score six runs.

The Angels (64-73) have lost six of their last seven games to fall to nine games under .500, their low point for the season.

Things started well in this series finale, with Eduardo Escobar hitting a two-run homer and Chad Wallach adding an RBI double in the fourth to put the Angels up 3-0.

In the bottom of the inning, Anderson walked the bases loaded, but escaped with two strikeouts and a popout.

Anderson lost his no-hit bid and his shutout in a span of a couple minutes in the sixth inning.

Zack Gelof hit a chopper to Escobar at third. His throw to first was initially judged by umpire Bill Miller to be in time. Upon review, it was called an infield hit.

Anderson’s next pitch was a fastball over the middle of the plate, which Ryan Noda crushed for a two-run homer.

An out later, Anderson gave up a single and his day was over after 5 1/3 innings.

Wantz entered and promptly allowed a two-run homer to Seth Brown to give the A’s a 4-3 lead. Wallach, the catcher, was set up outside and Wantz threw the pitch over the middle of the plate.