ANAHEIM — Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Yoenis Cespedes also went deep for the A’s, offsetting Albert Pujols’ 496th home run.
Frieri (0-1) was trying to preserve Hector Santiago’s first victory for his new club when Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with a single. One out later, Jaso batted for Derek Norris and drove a 1-2 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his first homer of the season and the first by an A’s pinch-hitter.
Jaso has six homers and 21 RBIs at Angel Stadium along with .424 average, the highest by any player with at least 75 plate appearances at the “Big A.”