The victory was largely due to Khris Davis' three-run homer. It would not be wrong to say that 31-42 record isn't setting the league on fire, but it's enough for a half-game advantage for Oakland over the Anaheim crew, which is now 31-43. And the A's need just few steps ahead in the last week of June to make their July and August brighter.
"We can't fall into those labels," Davis said of the A's, whose streakiness has been one reason the club has tumbled to the bottom of the A.L. West. "We've just got to keep learning about ourselves."
Davis also hit a solo shot for the fifth Oakland run in a 5-4 win on Thursday. He came up in the eighth inning on Friday after Stephen Vogt singled and took third on Danny Valencia's double. Davis also held to a single in three at-bats earlier in the game and fouled off two pitches from Fernando Salas. He then hit the third out to left-center for his 18th homer and 47th, 48th and 49th RBI.
Off the bat, Davis' blast was nothing less than a double, good perhaps for a couple of runs. "I thought it was in the gap; I thought 'I've done my job,'" Davis said.
Manager Bob Melvin also echoed similar feelings saying he thought the ball would wind up hitting the wall. "That looks like a double off the bat," the manager said. "It ends up carrying out of the ballpark. When you look at his production numbers, he does his damage in a hurry. He may go a few games without getting any hits, then he'll knock in three runs with one swing. And a lot of them have been big. He's been terrific."