ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics know they can count on their power. Their last two performances in Anaheim demonstrated they’ve got what it takes to score in many other ways.
Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in two runs, and Mike Fiers pitched six solid innings in the A’s 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Ramon Laureano had two RBIs and Mark Canha reached base four times for the A’s, who rebounded from a five-game skid by taking two of three in Anaheim. Piscotty’s seventh-inning homer was only a grace note on a second straight symphonic display of run production by an offense that can do more than blast the long ball.
“We know we can hit some homers, but when we win games like this, it’s good,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “We have to be able to win games without the homers.”
The A’s finished third in the big leagues last season with 227 homers, and they’re eighth this year with 94 after hitting at least one in 14 of their last 15 games.
But after they scored nine runs without a homer Wednesday night, the A’s cobbled together six runs in a…