Athletics 8, Angels 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Mark McGwire hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off Lee Smith, rallying the Oakland Athletics over the California Angels 8-5 Friday night.
McGwire, leading the majors with 22 home runs, sent an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-field seats. The blown save was the second in a row for Smith, who had converted 19 straight chances before giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night in Texas.
Jim Edmonds went 0-for-5 for California, ending his hitting streak at 23 games _ tied for longest in the majors this year. He fell two games short of Rod Carew’s club record 25-game hitting streak in 1982.
With one out in the A’s ninth, Mike Bordick doubled off Smith (0-2). Rickey Henderson followed with a single, advancing Bordick to third. After Henderson stole second, Smith intentionally walked Geronimo Berroa to load the bases.
Smith struck out Ruben Sierra, but McGwire then homered off baseball’s career saves leader.
Greg Myers put the Angels ahead 5-4 in the ninth with a two-out, RBI double off Dennis Eckersley (1-2). The hit came two batters after Spike Owen doubled off the right-field wall.
Geronimo Berroa hit a two-run homer and Henderson had the second of his run-scoring singles as the Athletics rallied to tie the game at 4.
Henderson’s RBI single off Percival in the seventh drove in Scott Brosius, who reached when second baseman Damion Easley dropped a routine popup.
J.T. Snow hit his 10th homer for the Angels, a solo shot in the second, and had a run-scoring single in the fifth. California also got two unearned runs in the fourth when a grounder went through McGwire’s legs at first base with runners on second and third.
The Angels led 4-1 in the fifth. Berroa’s 11th homer, a 422-foot blast that went into the center-field bleachers, came in the bottom half.
Steve Ontiveros lasted just five innings for Oakland, matching his second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed four runs _ two earned _ on six hits, walking three and striking out three.
Notes: The Athletics moved right-handed pitcher Ariel Prieto, their top pick in the June 1 amateur draft, onto their roster a day after signing him to a minor league contract. The A’s also placed right-hander Jim Corsi on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and moved righthander Steve Karsay from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. ... Tony Phillips and Garret Anderson were scratched from the California starting lineup with tight right hamstrings. ... Ontiveros had allowed just two earned runs in his previous 21 innings while winning three straight. ... The game was Oakland’s first of an 11-game homestand.