ANAHEIM, Calif. -- — Chris Bassitt thinks Oakland isn't receiving enough attention for having one of the best starting rotations in the American League.
With another dominant outing Friday night, it might be time to start giving the Athletics their due.
Bassitt became the first AL pitcher to reach 11 wins as the A's shut out the Los Angeles Angels for the second straight night with a 2-0 victory Friday.
“I feel like everyone still doubts us and that these numbers will disappear. I think we take a lot of pride in our job and helping each other and pushing each other,” Bassitt said.
The A's, who have won 11 of 14 against the Angels this year, have shut them out in three straight meetings — the first time that's happened since 1994. Los Angeles has scored only one run in its last 43 innings against Oakland.
It was also the Athletics' 10th shutout of the season, tied with the Yankees for most in the AL. Oakland's starting staff has a 3.01 ERA since the All-Star break, third-lowest in the majors.
“It’s important these guys can get deep in games and not overwork the bullpen,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They seem like they have got stronger as the season has gone along. It shows you the quality of the guys that we have.”
Bassitt (11-3) struck out seven and allowed six hits over seven innings as he won for the first time in three starts after the All-Star break. It is the 10th time in 23 starts the right-hander has gone at least seven innings.
Bassitt said he struggled with his off-speed pitches the past couple outings, but not this time.
“I felt like I had all my pitches working. It was a very hitter-based game plan as far as attacking, and everyone was different,” he said.
The Angels didn't get a runner to third and went 0 for 4 with men in scoring position. Their best opportunity was in the fifth with runners on first and second, but Brandon Marsh struck out to end the inning.
“We've been staying with them toe-to-toe, we've just got to somehow break through offensively,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We failed against them offensively again and we have to figure that out.”
Sandoval took a no-hitter to the ninth inning in his last start at Minnesota on Sunday, but didn't have the same command Friday.
The left-hander threw a career-high 115 pitches, 73 for strikes, in 5 2/3 innings. He issued a career-high six walks and allowed four hits with six strikeouts.
“He had good stuff. They are very patient and don't have a bunch of chase guys. Just give them credit for working good at-bats,” Maddon said.
Oakland had the bases loaded with two outs in the second, but Sandoval struck out Tony Kemp on the hardest-thrown pitch of his career, a 96.6 mph sinker.
Angels: RHP Alex Cobb was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 27 due to right wrist inflammation.
Angels LHP Reid Detmers, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft, will make his major league debut Saturday. The Athletics will counter with LHP Cole Irvin (7-9, 3.62 ERA), who is averaging a major league-low 14.5 pitches per inning.
Brewers clinch NL Central, condemn Mets to losing record
— The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their second NL Central title in four years, beating the sloppy New York Mets 8-4 Sunday behind Willy Adames's two-run homer and three RBI.
Brandon Crawford goes oppo taco for clutch three-run blast
Brandon Crawford crushes a three-run homer to left field to pad the Giants' lead in the top of the ninth.
St. Louis Cardinals keep 'battling,' rally past Chicago Cubs for franchise-best 16th straight win
Paul Goldschmidt launched a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Chicago Cubs, 4-2, on Sunday, posting their 16th consecutive victory as they surge toward the National League postseason.
Sweet! Cardinals win 16th in row, go ahead in 9th, top Cubs
— Make it a very sweet 16 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Adames admires his early home run
Willy Adames flings his bat after a two-run home run sparks a Brewers win over the Mets.
Jansen, Springer homer, Blue Jays beat Twins, keep pressure
— Danny Jansen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, George Springer also went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Sunday to maintain pressure in the AL wild-card race before heading to Toronto for their final homestand.