OAKLAND — Torii Hunter stared into his locker after going hitless in eight trips to the plate during the first scheduled doubleheader in the Major Leagues in eight years.
Los Angeles entered the All-Star break on a hot streak. Hunter hopes his team can regain that momentum after splitting two games with Oakland on Saturday.
Scott Sizemore singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Angels in the nightcap.
Jered Weaver won his sixth straight decision in the opener, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win.
“It’s a tough loss,” Hunter said. “Going 0 for 8, that’s not going to help the team. It’s the third game after the break and we’ll get it going. We haven’t lost anything. When you’re off for a few days it might take some players or teams a little more time.”
This was the first planned doubleheader in the big leagues since Aug. 2, 2003, when San Diego played at Philadelphia. Since then, twinbills have been part of makeup games. And it was Oakland’s first scheduled doubleheader at home since Aug. 10, 1997, against Milwaukee.
Sizemore hit a 2-2 pitch from Rich Thompson (1-3) to score pinch-runner Cliff Pennington from second.
“I just battled until I got a pitch I could handle, put a good swing on it and found a hole,” Sizemore said. “Any win is a good win, especially starting the second half. We need to build momentum.”
Brad Ziegler (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning.
Mark Trumbo homered and drove in two runs, and Vernon Wells also connected for the Angels.
“We didn’t hit the ball well all afternoon and we’re lucky to come out with a split,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We have guys who can drive the ball with bigger swings and with that comes more strikeouts. As we move forward, hopefully we’ll become more of a situational hitting team.”
David DeJesus, Landon Powell and Coco Crisp also drove in runs for the A’s.
Angels’ starter Ervin Santana allowed three runs — two earned — and a season high-matching 10 hits over 61⁄3 innings. He walked two and struck out six as he remained winless in his past six road starts.
A’s starter Rich Harden, making his third start since coming off the disabled list July 1, gave up three runs on four hits over seven innings. Harden walked two and struck out nine.
Trumbo’s two-run shot, his 18th home run, in the second inning gave the Angels an early edge. He leads all American League rookies in homers.
Harden set down 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced before Wells’ 14th homer of the season tied the score in the sixth.
The A’s tied the score at 2 in the fourth, getting RBI singles from DeJesus and Powell. Crisp gave Oakland the lead an inning later with a ground out, allowing Eric Sogard, making his first appearance of the season, to score after an error moved him to third.
Angels’ reliever Hisanori Takahashi shut down the A’s in the seventh after Sogard doubled, Jemile Weeks beat out an infield single, and Crisp moved both runners up with a sacrifice. Takahashi struck out Ryan Sweeney, walked Josh Willingham intentionally and struck out DeJesus to end the threat.
A’s relievers Grant Balfour, Andrew Bailey and Ziegler kept the Angels off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Takahashi pitched 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings.
Erick Aybar homered and Bobby Abreu drove in two runs in the opener for the Angels.