ANAHEIM -- It's been a family affair for several A's during the weekend series at Angel Stadium, with Dillon Overton the latest to feel the support from relatives and friends.
In his Major League debut, Overton pitched well enough to earn the win in Oakland's 7-3 win over the Angels on Saturday night, the team's third straight victory. With 28 friends and family in attendance, Overton gave his support staff plenty to cheer about over 5 2/3 innings.
"It's awesome," said Overton, 24, who became the first A's pitcher to start and win his debut since Bobby Cramer on Sept. 13, 2010, at Kansas City. "When I got taken out, I was walking off the field and I was looking up in the stands at my family and it almost makes your eyes want to start watering a little bit, because it's just a surreal feeling.
"It's a dream come true. Not many people can get their first big league win in their first outing. So it's awesome and I'm an extremely blessed young man."
Overton pitched in front of his wife, Morgan, his parents, Pat and Lavon, his father-in-law and other relatives and friends from his hometown of Weatherford, Okla. Of the 28, three-fourths came from Oklahoma and the rest traveled from Texas.
"Like I said, I'm just extremely blessed to have the support and love that I have from my hometown and everybody from my home state," said Overton, who allowed three runs on seven hits. "It's just, it's awesome."
Overton impressed manager Bob Melvin and catcher Stephen Vogt with his level-headed demeanor after allowing solo home runs to Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun in the first inning.
"It's your first big league game, there's a lot going on in your mind, you can't really explain it, you get the first out of the game, and the next thing you know, you give up two homers, and to pitch that deep in the game effectively for us on a day when we were pretty limited in the bullpen, it speaks volumes about the character of the young man," Melvin said.
Added Vogt: "We kind of were laughing on the bench after his first inning. He threw his first pitch, gave up his first homer and got his first punchout. So he got everything out of the way and now it's just time to go pitch."
After the win, Overton's teammates gave him his first beer shower.
"There's a first for everything," he said. "It was fun. It was fun. I enjoyed it."
Overton made another strong impression on the A's when he struck out Albert Pujols with runners on the corners and one out in the third. Pujols took him deep to left in the fifth, passing Harmon Killebrew and moving into 11th place on the all-time homer list in the process (574).
"When he punched Pujols out, that was probably the at-bat of the game," said Vogt, who contributed a sac fly to help his pitcher. "That kind of kept us in there, kept us with a one-run lead and gave us a chance to win. Tip your cap to him. He did a great a job against a tough lineup to make your debut."
While Overton earned the win, it was a team effort for the A's. Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with four runs scored from the top of the lineup. Danny Valencia smacked a two-run homer in the first inning. Khris Davis, also playing in front of a number of relatives, added two hits and one RBI.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the A's on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.