Ben Revere calmly strokes the winning hit for Angels in 10th

OAKLAND — Ben Revere admitted in a postgame TV interview that the situation he faced in the 10th inning on Tuesday night is one that, when he was young, might have made him a little nervous.

To be precise, nervous enough to “almost” soil himself “a little.”

Fortunately for the Angels, Revere is now 29 years old and a veteran of parts of eight big league seasons and one postseason. He’s also learned relaxation techniques from a 14-year-old buddy movie.

After Revere’s single in the 10th put the Angels on top in their 8-7 victory over the Oakland A’s, he explained.

“Just take deep breaths,” he said. “Wooosah style a little bit. Let the game come to you.”

Revere was referring to the meditation phrase he saw repeated in Bad Boys 2, the 2003 Will Smith-Martin Lawrence movie.

The point is, Revere was able to calm himself enough to poke a 3-and-2 pitch from Blake Treinen into left field, just barely out of the reach of diving Matt Joyce.

When it dropped, the Angels had taken the lead in the rollercoaster game, and Revere had gotten back a little more of the luck he felt he was so lacking when it seemed all his line drives were finding gloves in the first half.

“I got some hits and I got some confidence back, and I feel like I can get back to my normal self,” Revere said.

Revere’s hit was the last one, but the biggest ones came from C.J. Cron, who been one of the keys to the Angels’ recently robust offense.

Cron hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, followed by a triple to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth, followed by a single just before Revere’s hit in the 10th.

Cron has hit .305 with 12 homers since the All-Star break. Now that the Angels have added Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton, Cron is hitting eighth in the lineup.

“Right now our lineup is much deeper, and he might seem like an afterthought, but he’s important to us,” Scioscia said. “He’s hitting the ball hard.”

With tonight’s win, @Angels take a half-game lead over Twins for second AL #WildCard spot:

— MLB (@MLB) September 6, 2017

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