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Alonso hits HRs, Cotton allows them in A’s loss

Alonso’s second career multi-homer game followed almost on the heels of his first, which was Saturday. In the sixth inning, he took Meyer deep again to pass Khris Davis for the A’s lead in homers and move into a tie for second in the league. Cotton already was teetering on the verge of being sent down to Triple-A Nashville when left-hander Sean Manaea returns next week, and Tuesday’s performance may have settled it. Manaea is pitching on the same turn as Cotton, making a rehab appearance with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday; he is likely to return to Oakland’s rotation Sunday or Monday. Cotton gave up a two-out solo shot by Albert Pujols in the first — No. 596 of Pujols’ career — and another two-out homer in the second to Ben Revere, the first of the season for the outfielder and just the seventh of his career. In his previous 11 major-league appearances, Cotton had allowed seven homers and only one came on a changeup, but Pujols and Escobar both hit changeups out Tuesday, a sign they were sitting on it. Former A’s infielder Cliff Pennington pushed Maybin in with a bloop single to center and Revere scored on a groundout by Escobar. Davis has struck out at least once in 20 straight games (with 30 Ks in that stretch), an A’s record by a non-pitcher for consecutive games with at least one strikeout. The Angels were again without April Player of the Month Mike Trout, who has missed four games with hamstring tightness.

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