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Suarez strikes out 8, outduels Irvin as Angels edge A's 1-0

José Suarez struck out eight over seven superb innings to outpitch fellow lefty Cole Irvin, and the Los Angeles Angels edged the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Monday night.

Luis Rengifo homered in the first inning and it held up to provide Suarez with the only run he needed.

Suarez (4-4) gave up two hits while earning his second straight win against the A's. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 18 innings.

Aaron Loup pitched the eighth and Ryan Tepera finished for his second save to close out the two-hit shutout in just 2 hours, 14 minutes.

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 08: Jose Suarez #54 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 08, 2022 in Oakland, California. / Getty Images

Irvin (6-9) faced the Angels for a second consecutive start after losing to Los Angeles on Aug. 2 despite allowing just two runs in six innings. He took another tough defeat Monday night.

Irvin struck out six, didn't walk a batter and permitted five hits over eight innings.

Steven Duggar, claimed off waivers Sunday from Texas, made his Angels debut when he entered to play left field in the eighth.


Shohei Ohtani had the night off a day before he pitches. Angels interim manager Phil Nevin gave the two-way star an option to rest Monday or Wednesday but Ohtani prefers to get out and move after a start on the mound so he is slated to play Wednesday's series finale.

On Sunday in Seattle, Ohtani was visited by trainers before his second at-bat after having his left foot stepped on by Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales in a collision near the on-deck circle.

"Nothing to do with his foot, he'll be fine," Nevin said.


Angels: OF Mickey Moniak broke his left middle finger on a bunt during Sunday's 7-1 win at Seattle. He could play again this season. "I think we got the best news possible when you're dealing with a fracture," Nevin said. ... RHP Archie Bradley is expected to soon begin a throwing program as he works back from a broken right elbow.

Athletics: RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. is slated to throw a simulated game Friday in Arizona as he recovers from a stress reaction in his pitching elbow that has sidelined him all season. The A's remain optimistic he will return this season in a role to be determined.


The A's recalled RHP Domingo Tapia from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned RHP Adrián Martínez to Las Vegas.


In the dugout pregame, Nevin wished bench coach Ray Montgomery a happy 53rd birthday and confirmed he got him a gift. Details, please? Nevin hesitated, then said: "It's a nice bottle of something. Really nice."


Ohtani (9-7, 2.83 ERA) makes his ninth 2022 road start having lost to the A's at home his last time out Wednesday. He looks to reach double-digit wins for the first time in his four major league seasons after finishing with nine last year.

RHP James Kaprielian (3-5, 4.32) pitches for Oakland having gone 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA over six starts spanning July and August following an 0-5 showing in May and June.

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