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    The Angels’ Kaleb Cowart, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani (17), Taylor Ward (3) and Andrelton Simmons after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano steals second base beneath Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Cam Bedrosian #32 of the Los Angeles Angels is taken out of the game by manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart watches his grand slam off Oakland Athletics’ Lou Trivino during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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    OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Shohei Ohtani #17, Taylor Ward #3, and Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulate Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels after he hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Shohei Ohtani #17, Taylor Ward #3, and Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulate Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels after he hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after he hit a triple that scored a run in the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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    OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics collides with Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels as Ward safely slides back to second base at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND — Kaleb Cowart has two weeks to try to end a disappointing season on a high note. He got off to a good start on Tuesday night.

Cowart hit his first career grand slam and an RBI triple, leading the Angels to a come-from-behind 9-7 victory over the Oakland A’s.

Tyler Skaggs returned to the mound after missing five weeks with a groin injury, and he pitched three hitless innings. Skaggs was having the best season of his career before injuries derailed him in the second half, and now he’s trying to finish strong.

Cowart has not had much go his way in his big leagues over the past year.

After getting about a month-long audition as the everyday second baseman last August, Cowart was moved back to the bench when the Angels signed Brandon Phillips. In the winter they traded for Ian Kinsler, and after they traded Kinsler in July, David Fletcher became the everyday second baseman.

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In sporadic playing time, Cowart was hitting .123 coming into Tuesday’s game.

However, Fletcher is likely out for the remaining two weeks with a strained hamstring, which gives Cowart a brief opportunity to try to change the narrative of his season.

After his average dropped to .120 with outs in his first two trips, he came to the plate in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and the Angels trailing 4-3.

He lofted a ball just over the fence in right field, for the Angels first grand slam of the season. It was the first grand slam by an Angels second baseman since Maicer Izturis in 2007.

Cowart added an RBI triple to pad the lead in the eighth.

Cowart took Cam Bedrosian off the hook after he had allowed four runs in the fourth inning in relief of Skaggs.

Bedrosian immediately loaded the bases with no outs, on a hit and two walks. After striking out and getting ahead of Mark Canha, 0-and-2, he was nearly out of the jam. Canha hit an inside fastball off the left-field fence, for a three-run double.

The Angels pushed the lead to 9-4 after Cowart’s triple in the eighth, but they had to hold off a late rally. Ty Buttrey recorded the last five outs, entering with the bases-loaded in the eighth, to pick up the save. He is perfect in his first four big league save attempts.

More to come on this story.

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