Rucinski stung by homers in last Cactus League start

Cron doubles in Angels' only run on getaway day in the desert

Rucinski stung by homers in last Cactus League start

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's used six solid innings from Jesse Chavez and a pair of home runs to beat the Angels, 4-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium as both clubs wrapped up their Cactus League schedules.

C.J. Cron doubled twice and drove in a run for the Angels. Drew Rucinski, likely to make the club as a long reliever, started and went 5 1/3 innings.

Chavez has a spot on the A's pitching staff, but the club has not announced if it will be a starting or relief role. He pitched well in his final outing of Spring Training, scattering three hits and allowing one run in six innings with six strikeouts.

"You work up all spring to get everything figured out and that's what the last one's for, to put it all together to go in confident regardless of where I'm going to be," said Chavez, who ends camp with a 3.27 ERA.

The Angels scored in the first inning, as Cron doubled to score Collin Cowgill. Cron doubled again in the fourth before being removed for a pinch-runner.

A's outfielder Billy Burns tied the game with an RBI single in the third. He's competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster and is a candidate to replace Coco Crisp, should the veteran land on the disabled list due to a lingering elbow issue.

Mark Canha and J.P. Sportman each hit solo homers for the A's. Canha's shot to left in the fourth gave the A's a 2-1 lead. It was the sixth homer of the spring for Canha, who is a good bet to make his first Opening Day roster. He also bounced a double over the wall in right-center in his second at-bat.

Rucinski was charged with three runs on seven hits, including the two homers. He struck out four against one walk. The right-hander has a 2.60 ERA this spring and should earn one of the final spots in the Angels' bullpen.

Up next: The Angels broke camp after the game and will open the annual three-game Freeway Series against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. PT. The game will air on MLB.TV. They'll play the Dodgers there again on Friday night and finish it off at Dodger Stadium on Saturday evening. It's Matt Shoemaker for the Angels on Thursday. Garrett Richards (left knee) will be left behind to pitch in a camp controlled game Thursday. He'll open the season the disabled list.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.