Daniel Straily 's major league debut, meanwhile, didn't leave much to be desired.
Greinke takes the mound opposite Straily on Wednesday as the visiting Angels conclude a three-game set with the Oakland Athletics .
After taking Monday's series opener 4-0 behind a dominant display from Jered Weaver , Los Angeles (59-52) fell 10-4 on Tuesday thanks in part to C.J. Wilson's lousy performance. Jonny Gomes , Josh Reddick , Derek Norris and Adam Rosales each went deep for Oakland (59-51), which snapped a three-game skid and moved into second place in the AL West - one-half game ahead of the Angels.
"It just shows you the resiliency of this team," Gomes said. "Weaver has to be the leading candidate for the Cy Young Award and all you can do against him is try not to ruin your swing for the next game. Nine innings is plenty to not score runs and it was nice to pile some up."
While the A's appear to have a difficult matchup versus Greinke, he's gone 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA over his last seven starts - including an 0-1 record and a 5.14 ERA in two outings since joining Los Angeles.
After giving up both runs during a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay on July 29 in his Angels debut, Greinke was hit hard Friday in an 8-6, 10-inning road defeat to the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander was tagged for six runs and 10 hits over seven innings, yielding four runs in the first.
"It's just what you do," Greinke, acquired from Milwaukee before the non-waiver trade deadline, told the Angels' official website. "You've just got to keep making pitches and limit it as much as possible. Four is a really bad inning. You don't want to ever let that happen, but you can't dwell on it. You've just got to start making your pitches."
Greinke has held his own versus the A's over the course of his career, going 5-1 with a 3.09 ERA over nine starts, but he hasn't faced them since 2010. Greinke may be wary of Gomes, who is 3 for 10 with two homers - and six strikeouts - in their matchups.
Having averaged a minor league-best 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings, Straily (0-0, 1.50 ERA) lived up to his billing in his first big league appearance. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed one run, five hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings Friday against Toronto.
He was in line for the victory until the Blue Jays tied the game with three runs in the ninth, with the A's eventually winning 5-4 in 15 innings.
"We've had many late nights watching the A's in extra innings in the clubhouses in Double-A and Triple-A, so to be in this clubhouse watching it and being a part of it has been a surreal experience," Straily told the Athletics' official website. "It's definitely been a dream come true here. Having my debut end in walk-off fashion couldn't have been any better."
Straily will do his best to slow down Mike Trout , who became the fifth player to homer on his 21st birthday Tuesday, joining Ted Williams , Frank Robinson , Alex Rodriguez and Jason Heyward . He is the youngest player to ever post a 20-homer, 30-stolen base campaign.
"Right now it means nothing. That's the kind of stuff that pops up at the end of the season," said Trout, who leads the majors with 87 runs scored despite having played in just 88 games.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|July 28, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|August 05, 2012||A.J. Griffin||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|August 04, 2012||A.J. Griffin||Day-to-Day||Sore right shoulder|
|August 03, 2012||Seth Smith||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|August 03, 2012||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right wrist|
|July 28, 2012||Coco Crisp||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
|July 20, 2012||Cliff Pennington||15-Day DL||Left elbow tendinitis|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Athletics used pitching to get into the wild-card race. Their hitters are helping keep them there.
On a day when Oakland pitchers allowed five home runs, including a pair by Kendrys Morales , the A's got production at the plate from just about everyone in their lineup and continued their second-half surge.
"It's chemistry, man," closer Ryan Cook said after securing Oakland's 9-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. "The days when they're struggling offensively, we're going to do our part to keep it one less. The days they're raking, we're going to do our best to keep it at that.
"It's extremely selfless, this whole team, from top to bottom."
Chris Carter and George Kottaras homered, and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run single for the A's.
Since getting shut out in the opener of this three-game series with the Angels on Monday, Oakland has scored 19 runs on 23 hits.
"The more we go along, the more we win and the more we compete with teams that are considered the best teams, the more confidence we're going to have," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We have to try to instill more confidence in ourselves going forward that we can play with good teams, and to this point we've done pretty well."
Oakland, which won the final two games of the series against its division rivals after losing the opener, improved to 17-8 since the All-Star break and is a majors-best 23-9 since the start of July.
Pat Neshek (1-0) recorded one out in the sixth for his first win with Oakland. Cook, the sixth pitcher used by Melvin, gave up two runs in the ninth before locking down his 12th save.
The A's beat the Angels for the seventh time this season and kept pace with first-place Texas in the AL West despite the rocky outing from rookie starter Dan Straily and blowing a 4-1 lead.
They did it by getting production throughout the lineup: Eight Oakland starters had at least one hit and six drove in runs.
"We have good at-bats late in the game and when we need the clutch hit, we get it," said Carter, who has 10 home runs in 27 games since being recalled from the minors. "I feel like when the game is tied late, we're going to win every game. Someone's going to come through."
The A's needed every bit of their offense after falling behind 5-4.
Coco Crisp started the comeback with a game-tying RBI double in the sixth before Cespedes lined a single to right to drive in Crisp and Josh Reddick . Carter followed with his two-run home run to give the A's a 9-5 lead.
All the damage in the sixth came off Los Angeles reliever LaTroy Hawkins (2-3).
"When you score eight runs you have to find a way to win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Troy had a tough sixth inning. At some point things have to stabilize coming out of the `pen to give us a chance."
Four of the Angels' home runs came off Straily, the A's right-hander who was making only his second career start.
Zack Greinke walked five in five innings, remaining winless since his trade from Milwaukee to the Angels.
Oakland's sixth-inning outburst prevented Greinke from getting his first win since being acquired July 27. Greinke's season-high five walks all came in the second inning when the A's batted around and scored four runs.
Straily wasn't much better.
The rookie right-hander, who led all of baseball in strikeouts when he was called up from the minors Aug. 3, labored throughout and pitched with runners on base in every inning after striking out the side in the first. He left after giving up Morales' two-run homer in the fifth.
Morales also homered in the second. It's the third multi-homer game this season for Morales and the ninth of his career.
Chris Iannetta , Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo all homered for the Angels. Trumbo's home run, a solo shot in the seventh, is his 29th this season.
Los Angeles nearly rallied in the ninth.
Howie Kendrick hit a two-run single off Cook and stole second with two outs before Erick Aybar grounded out to end it.
The teams played the final three innings with only three umpires.
Home plate umpire Bill Miller left the game in bottom of the sixth for unknown reasons. Miller had just signaled Moss out on a called third strike when he abruptly turned and left the field.
That came five innings after Miller was hit in the facemask by a pitch from Greinke. The pitch sailed over the glove of Iannetta and hit the umpire squarely in the facemask. Miller stayed in the game but eventually left.
Second base umpire Dan Iassonga replaced Miller behind the plate.
Kottaras hit a two-run home run off Greinke in the second.
Notes: The five home runs tie a season high for the Angels. ... Straily had five strikeouts and one walk in 4 2-3 innings. ... Oakland RHP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) ran in the outfield before the game and is scheduled to come off the disabled list to start the series opener in Chicago on Friday. McCarthy (6-3) has been on the DL since June 24. ... A's RHP A.J. Griffin (strained right shoulder) has not thrown since going on the DL on Aug. 5. ... RHP Erwin Santana (5-10) will pitch for the Angels when they begin a 10-game homestand against Seattle on Friday.