Cliff Pennington’s first career grand slam rallies Angels to sweep of A’s

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center left, hugs catcher Martin Maldonado as they celebrate Pujols’ two-run home run, his second home run of the night, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center left, hugs catcher Martin Maldonado as they celebrate Pujols’ two-run home run, his second home run of the night, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches the flight of his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington watches the flight of his grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington celebrates his first career grand slam, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington, center, celebrates his first career grand slam with teammates during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington, center, celebrates his first career grand slam with teammates during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington is doused with liquid by Ben Revere following the team’s 10-8 win against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Pennington hit his first career grand slam. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington is doused with liquid by Ben Revere following the team’s 10-8 win against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Pennington hit his first career grand slam. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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ANAHEIM — On an unusually hot night at Angel Stadium, Cliff Pennington stopped to chat with Jed Lowrie about the one thing that has captivated their free time this week.

Not baseball. Harvey.

Pennington, the Angels’ shortstop, and Lowrie, the Oakland A’s second baseman, both live in Houston. In some way, each of them has been affected by the hurricane that made landfall last Saturday on Texas’ southeast coast. Harvey, which has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, could become the most costly natural disaster in United States history.

Lowrie had just advanced to second base when he and Pennington traded updates in the fourth inning Wednesday. Other than that moment, Pennington said, natural disaster was not on his mind during the Angels’ 10-8 win over the A’s.

“I thought about it afterwards a little bit,” said Pennington, whose grand slam in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winning hit. “I wasn’t trying to dedicate it to anything like that. I’m just trying to play as hard as I can every night, like I have every time. Sometimes you get it. Sometimes you don’t. When you have something like this going on, obviously it feels good because there’s a lot of not feeling good away from the field.”

Pennington has hit 36 home runs in a major league career that began in 2008. This was his first grand slam.

Comeback complete! @CliffPenn7 comes up with a HUGE slam for the @Angels. https://t.co/9B2XCZpcrB #PapaSlam pic.twitter.com/P6q2HO6QN2

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

On a night when Mike Trout chased a cycle into his final at-bat, and Albert Pujols tied Jim Thome for seventh place on baseball’s all-time home run list, the Angels’ biggest hit came from a 33-year-old utility player with a wife and three children living in a federal disaster area.

Pennington said his family is OK. At his suburban home, his household now includes a cousin who was rescued from his Houston apartment complex Monday by a civilian on a jet ski. Some of his neighborhood was submerged by flood waters, but Pennington said his house is high enough that it avoided damage.

What did the grand slam mean to Pennington’s inner circle?

“I have 15 text messages,” he said after the game, “and probably 12 of them are flood pictures.”

The Angels’ four main opponents in the American League wild-card race all won Wednesday. The Minnesota Twins (69-63) routed the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day, forcing the Angels (69-65) to win to remain a game out of playoff contention.

Seven teams are separated by four games in the race for the final wild-card berth. The Angels have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers.

Oakland led 8-5 when the Angels struck for five runs in the seventh inning.

With one out, reliever Ryan Dull allowed a single to Trout and hit Pujols with a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Left-hander Daniel Coulombe relieved Dull and promptly allowed a single to Kole Calhoun, scoring Trout. Right-hander Chris Hatcher (0-2) relieved Coulombe and struck out C.J. Cron for the second out, then walked Luis Valbuena to load the bases.

On a 2-and-2 count, Pennington crushed a 95-mph fastball to right field over the fence in right field. The initial home run call was upheld by a video review, giving Pennington three home runs this season and giving the Angels a 10-8 lead.

Trout needed four plate appearances to hit a home run, a triple and a single, leaving him a double shy of his second career cycle. He then singled in his fifth plate appearance of the game. Trout scored four runs, matching a career high. His four-hit outburst snapped a rare 0-for-17 slump.

Pujols’ second home run against A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman gave him 612 in his career and 20 this season. His four RBI gave him 1,900, making Pujols the 10th player ever to reach that career milestone.

6⃣1⃣2⃣@PujolsFive mashes his way into a tie with Jim Thome for 7th on the all-time HR list. pic.twitter.com/SfwrI2Hodw

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

In the third inning, Pujols followed Trout’s triple with a rare home run into the right field bleachers. His last opposite-field home run was on April 15 of last year.

“It’s great to see Albert having a great night tonight,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, “but we need to be more than those guys.”

Angels starter Parker Bridwell hardly struggled for three innings against the A’s, who were swept in Anaheim for the second time this season. But he began the fourth inning by walking Lowrie, lost his release point, and torpedoed his chance at a win.

The first seven A’s hitters all reached base against Bridwell. All of them scored, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 lead. The rookie right-hander was removed after throwing 34 pitches in the fourth inning without recording an out. Bridwell’s earned-run average rose from 2.79 to 3.52.

The Angels’ bullpen offered atonement. Blake Wood allowed one run in two innings. Yusmeiro Petit (one inning), Cam Bedrosian (one), and Jose Alvarez (two-thirds) got the ball to Blake Parker with two outs in the eighth inning without allowing another run. Bedrosian (4-3) was credited with the victory.

Parker worked the final 1⅓ innings. The veteran right-hander has converted four saves this season, including the Angels’ last three opportunities.

Pennington started at shortstop on a rare day of rest for Andrelton Simmons. He considered his 42nd start of the season a welcome respite before it was back to the clubhouse, back to his phone, back to a dozen unfathomable pictures of his home state.

“There’s thousands and thousands of stories,” Pennington said. “Everyone is kind of dealing with it at some level. It’s tough.”

Big @MikeTrout games >>>. https://t.co/fQuWELY6qg pic.twitter.com/FVcyYrgvcZ

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

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  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a two run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell wipes his brow during a humid first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell throws to the plate during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell walks to the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in front of catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in front of Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates his solo home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Martin Maldonado heads to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A fan catches a third inning home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson scores after his three-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run off of Angels starter Parker Bridwell in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell reacts after the Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Parker Bridwell sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up seven runs during an eight run fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Wood throws to the plate during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron kneels on the field as first base umpire Ben May signals a fair ball on a run scoring single by the Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie during an eight run fourth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Mike Trout rounds second base during his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout celebrates after his triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases after his two-run home run in the fifth inning, his second of the game, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron stretches at first to get the out on the Oakland Athletics’ Matt Joyce in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A young fan catches a seventh inning grand slam by the Los Angeles Angels’ Cliff Pennington against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols wait for Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and Albert Pujols celebrate with Cliff Pennington after his seventh inning grand slam against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates with Cliff Pennington after Pennington’s seventh inning grand slam, his first career grand slam, against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker celebrates after getting the save during the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs in from the outfield after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Los Angeles Angels Ben Revere douses Cliff Pennington after the Angels’ 10-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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ANAHEIM — Mike Trout hit a home run in his first at-bat after missing two games with a stiff neck. Albert Pujols hit two home runs, giving him a share of seventh place on baseball’s all-time home run list.

The Angels’ biggest home run? That was hit by a 33-year-old utility player with a wife and three children living in a federal disaster area.

Cliff Pennington’s grand slam in the seventh inning Wednesday gave the Angels a 10-8 win over the Oakland A’s, capping a three-game series sweep.

On a night when their four main opponents in the American League wild-card race all won, the victory left the Angels a game behind the Minnesota Twins for the AL’s final playoff berth.

Oakland led 8-5 after six innings when the Angels struck for five runs in the seventh.

A’s pitcher Ryan Dull allowed a single by Trout and hit Pujols with a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Left-hander Daniel Coulombe relieved Dull and promptly allowed a single to Kole Calhoun, scoring Trout. Right-hander Chris Hatcher (0-2) relieved Coulombe and struck out C.J. Cron for the second out, then walked Luis Valbuena to load the bases.

On a 2-and-2 count, Pennington crushed a 95-mph fastball over the fence in right field. The initial call was upheld by a video review, giving Pennington three home runs this season and giving the Angels a 10-8 lead.

Comeback complete! @CliffPenn7 comes up with a HUGE slam for the @Angels. https://t.co/9B2XCZpcrB #PapaSlam pic.twitter.com/P6q2HO6QN2

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

Pujols’ second home run of the game, against A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman, gave him 612 for his career, matching Jim Thome for seventh on baseball’s all-time home run list. His four RBI gave him 1,900 for his career, making Pujols the 10th player to reach that milestone.

6⃣1⃣2⃣@PujolsFive mashes his way into a tie with Jim Thome for 7th on the all-time HR list. pic.twitter.com/SfwrI2Hodw

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

In the third inning, Pujols followed Trout’s triple with a rare home run into the right field bleachers. His last opposite-field home run was on April 15 of last year.

Trout needed four plate appearances to hit a home run, a triple and a single, leaving him a double shy of his second career cycle. He then singled in his fifth plate appearance in the eighth inning. Trout scored four runs, matching a career high.

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The Minnesota Twins (69-63) routed the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day, temporarily moving them 1½ games ahead of the Angels (69-65) in the wild card standings. Seven teams are separated by four games. The Angels have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers.

Angels starter Parker Bridwell hardly struggled for three innings against the A’s, the fifth-place team in the AL West. But he began the fourth inning by walking Jed Lowrie, and his momentum only got worse from there.

The first seven A’s hitters all reached base and scored in the inning, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 lead. Bridwell was removed without recording an out. All seven runs were earned, rocketing his earned-run average from 2.79 to 3.52.

The Angels’ bullpen atoned for Bridwell’s mistakes. Blake Wood allowed one run in two innings. Yusmeiro Petit (one inning), Cam Bedrosian (one), and Jose Alvarez (two-thirds) got the ball to Blake Parker with two outs in the eighth inning without allowing another run. Bedrosian (4-3) was credited with the victory.

Parker, who has converted the Angels’ last two save opportunities, worked the final 1⅓ innings. The veteran right-hander has four saves this season.

Pennington, who lives in suburban Houston, has spent the week monitoring the path of Hurricane Harvey. His wife and three young children (ages 7, 3 and 2) rode out the storm holed up in their house over the weekend.

“I’ve pretty much lived on the radar and calling my wife and figuring out if it’s raining or flooding,” Pennington said Monday.

Pennington started at shortstop on a rare day of rest for Andrelton Simmons. The home run was only the 36th of his career and his first grand slam.

More to come on this story.

Big @MikeTrout games >>>. https://t.co/fQuWELY6qg pic.twitter.com/FVcyYrgvcZ

— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2017

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