OAKLAND, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes didn’t get much sleep after playing in the longest major league game of the season, so the Oakland cleanup hitter found an energy drink to get him going.
It obviously did the trick — much like the Cuban slugger has done for the Athletics since he arrived last season.
Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the A’s beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Tuesday night.
“The reason I was so good was because when I got here, I drank a Red Bull,” said Cespedes, who doubled and tripled to pace Oakland’s 10-hit outburst. “I was ready for the game.”
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6½ hours, the A’s had a few problems defensively but looked just fine at the plate while beating Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season.
Cespedes led the way with two towering drives that hit the extended portion of the outfield wall at the Coliseum, but Oakland got plenty of production from the rest of its lineup as well.
Smith, Derek Norris and Eric Sogard also had two hits apiece while Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh inning for Oakland, which has won 13 straight against AL West teams.
Not bad considering most of the players from both clubs didn’t get to bed until nearly 4 a.m.
“We pounded the coffee, tried to get that caffeine and get our legs underneath us,” Norris said. “We had guys banged up so a couple of us at the bottom of the order had to step it up and create some havoc on the basepaths and set it up for the top of the order.”
Mike Trout drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight game for the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 9-17, the worst start in franchise history.
The Angels are 0-5 against Oakland for the first time since 1990.
“We have to find a way to get leads, hold leads and win ballgames even when you’re not as deep as you need to be,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “We have a lot of things on the pitching side that we’re trying to work through and get a little more continuity from our starters and our bullpen.”
Playing in his third game since coming off the disabled list, Cespedes had an RBI double in the fourth, a two-run triple in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The A’s are 3-0 since getting their cleanup hitter back. Before his return, Oakland had dropped eight of nine.
“His bat is huge,” Parker said. “He’s a complete player. Having him in the lineup, he makes everybody else comfortable around him.”
Unlike Monday’s game in which the teams combined to use 16 pitchers, neither manager had to go too deep into the bullpen despite shaky outings from both starters.
Parker allowed four runs and walked three while the Angels’ Garrett Richards (1-2) gave up seven runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Both teams were also sluggish on defense early.
Oakland committed two errors in the third, leading to the Angels’ first run. J.B. Shuck reached on an infield single and went to second when third baseman Josh Donaldson threw wildly to first. Erick Aybar’s groundout moved Shuck to third and he scored when shortstop Adam Rosales made a throwing error on Trout’s grounder.
Los Angeles returned the favor in the fourth.
Cespedes doubled in Smith and went to third when Aybar’s throw home bounced past catcher Hank Conger and went to the backstop. Aybar was activated from the disabled list before the game.
Cespedes then scored on a wild pitch by Richards to put Oakland ahead 2-1.
Trout put the Angels in front 3-2 with a two-run double in the fourth. Richards, a reliever at the start of the season, couldn’t make it hold up.
John Jaso hit an RBI double in the fifth to drive in Norris with the tying run. After Rosales walked, Cespedes tripled off the wall in left-center to give the A’s a 5-3 lead.
Oakland loaded the bases in the sixth to chase Richards. Nick Maronde’s wild pitch allowed Norris to score from third, and Smith followed with his bases-clearing double to right that made it 9-3.
Parker threw in the A’s bullpen to stay warm during the top of the sixth but left after giving up a leadoff walk to Aybar in the seventh.
Evan Scribner, Sean Doolittle and closer Grant Balfour pitched the final three innings for Oakland.
Trout hit an RBI triple off Scribner and scored on Albert Pujols’ groundout. Trumbo — whose mammoth home run a night earlier still had Coliseum security guards buzzing 24 hours later — followed with his fifth of the season, a solo shot that cut the gap to 9-6.
Sogard singled leading off the eighth for Oakland and scored on Cespedes’ sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Maronde was optioned to Double-A Arkansas after the game. ... Trout has 14 RBIs over his last 13 games after driving in just two through the Angels’ first 13 games. ... The Angels placed OF Peter Bourjos (left hamstring strain) on the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Michael Roth to Arkansas. The team also selected the contract of OF Scott Cousins from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Scribner was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game when Oakland optioned RHP Dan Straily to the minors. ... Angels INF Alberto Callaspo (right calf strain) could come off the DL as early as Thursday. ... Los Angeles RHP Jared Weaver (left elbow) is playing catch every day but there is no timetable for when he’ll get back on a mound. ... A pair of lefties square off in the series finale. C.J. Wilson (2-0), who has a career ERA of 3.70 against the A’s, pitches for the Angels while Tommy Milone (3-2) goes for Oakland.