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OAKLAND — It took 16 innings for the Angels to score their first run of the season, but when they finally put together a rally, they made it count.

The Angels scored four runs in the eighth to overcome a two-run deficit and beat the Oakland A’s 6-2 on Friday night.

The rally came too late to get a victory for Matt Harvey, whose six-inning Angels debut was marred only by a two-run homer.

Harvey’s hanging slider to Khris Davis in the sixth looked like it might be enough to beat the Angels, who were shut out on Opening Day and trailed 2-0 as they came to bat in the eighth.

At that point, they had five hits in the season’s first 16 innings.

Then Jonathan Lucroy and Brian Goodwin led off with singles. Kole Calhoun then ripped a run-scoring double into center field. After an intentional walk to Mike Trout loaded the bases, Justin Bour drew a walk to drive in the tying run.

Andrelton Simmons then poked a two-run single up the middle, putting the Angels ahead 4-2.

Trout gave the Angels some insurance with a two-run double off the right-field fence in the top of the ninth.

The rally spared Harvey a loss on a night that he pitched well.

Harvey consistently hit 95-96 mph with his fastball and he pounded the strike zone, getting the A’s to hit routine grounders and pop-ups.

Harvey walked the first batter of the game, but then he retired 12 in a row, without a single strikeout.

In the fifth, Harvey walked the first two hitters, with a few borderline pitches not going his way. Marcus Semien then pounded a ball into the ground and it settled about 25 feet in front of the plate for an infield hit.

Harvey escaped the bases-loaded, no-outs jam by striking out Ramon Laureano on a slider and getting Nick Hundley to ground into a double play.

In the sixth inning, Matt Chapman lined a hit into the gap into right-center with one out. Calhoun ran it down and fired the ball toward second. Second baseman Tommy La Stella leaped and cut it off, and then made a high relay to second, not in time to get Chapman.

With two outs in the inning, Harvey hung a 1-and-2 curveball to Davis, who belted it over the left-field fence for a homer, putting the game’s first runs on the board.

Harvey finished the sixth, and the Angels bullpen held the A’s in check long enough for the hitters to come back. Hansel Robles, Ty Buttrey and Cody Allen each worked scoreless innings. The Angels relievers have not allowed a run in their first five innings.

More to come on this story.

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