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A’s set season-high run total and lower magic number in destruction of Angels

OAKLAND — The NFL season is underway, but the highest scoring total at the Coliseum this season still belongs to the A’s.
To say the A’s dominated the Angels would be an understatement. Eight A’s players scored two or more runs for the first time since 1929, and when the dust finally settled, it was a 21-3 romping of the Angels as Oakland shrunk it’s magic number to five.
You know it’s bad when a team inserts a catcher to pitch the seventh inning of a game, in September no less, when clubs carry too many pitchers on the roster to even keep track of. That’s what went down when the Angels switched Francisco Arcia from behind the plate to the mound, and he was greeted by home runs from Nick Martini and Chad Pinder, with Martini’s two-run shot the first of his big league career.
The A’s scored five runs in the third, seven in the fourth, and six in the sixth. It was just the third time in franchise history the A’s have scored five or more runs in an inning three times in a game, and the first time since Sept. 30, 2000 against Texas, when they also set the Oakland record for most runs in a game with 23.
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Stephen Piscotty was pulled in the sixth as things got out of hand, but he continued to be one of the hottest hitters in the league while he was in the game.
The Pleasanton native finished the day 2 for 3 with four RBIs, crushing a three-run home run for the second consecutive day. Piscotty has now matched his career-high RBI total for a season with 85, and is making a case for Player of the Month now batting .344 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs over the month of September.

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