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A's Parker goes seven strong in win

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Although Jarrod Parker is still fairly new to playoff races, the Oakland right-hander is pretty sure it's best to be aggressive in September, whether on the mound or in the standings.

The rookie's take-charge approach got the Athletics off to a great start in another big series against the surging Los Angeles Angels.

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Parker pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Brandon Moss and Cliff Pennington homered, and the A's snapped the Angels' six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Monday night.

With his second straight impressive start against Los Angeles after a hard-luck loss last week, Parker (10-8) and his bullpen held the Angels' surging lineup to four hits. Parker beat the Angels for the first time in his career by going right at Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo, holding Los Angeles to one run for only the second time in its last 22 games.

"They were aggressive as well, so I tried to get some early contact, early outs," Parker said. "It's fun. These are the kind of starts that we need, and everybody is going to feed off this kind of energy."

Coco Crisp hit a leadoff triple and scored for the A's, who opened a key four-game series against their California rivals with a measure of revenge for the Angels' three-game sweep in Oakland last week. Those are the only losses since Aug. 23 for the A's, who have won 13 of 16.

"It was definitely a big game for us," Pennington said. "They came into our place and did what they needed to do, so we needed to come in here that way. This was a good start. Right now, every game is huge. There's one or two differences in every game."

Ryan Cook worked the eighth, and Grant Balfour finished uneventfully for his 17th save.

Dan Haren (10-11) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just four hits and striking out four. But Oakland turned those hits into three runs, and Haren took his first loss since Aug. 16.

Torii Hunter drove in Trout with a third-inning double for the Angels (77-64), who had won 11 of 12 and 15 of 18 in their desperate late surge to join the playoff race.

"I'm not surprised anymore at what they're doing," Hunter said of the A's. "I mean, we were surprised when they first started doing it in early August, but I'm not surprised any more. They're playing the game, and they've got some really good arms over there."

With its first home loss in seven games, Los Angeles blew a chance to pull within a half-game of Baltimore (78-62) for the second AL wild-card spot. Tampa Bay (77-63) is between the Orioles and the Angels.

Oakland (80-60), which is in the first wild-card slot, is 20 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2006 season -- also the year of the team's last postseason appearance. The A's pulled within three games of idle Texas (83-57) atop the AL West.

"Nothing really surprises me in baseball anymore after the way last season finished, and with the way the Orioles and A's are playing this year," Haren said. "We're getting to the point where they're not going away, so it's going to be a fight to the finish and the better team is going to win."

Crisp hit Haren's first pitch of the night high off the right-field wall, easily reaching third before scoring on Seth Smith's groundout. Oakland didn't lead at any point in last week's three losses to the Angels, who outscored the A's 21-5 in the East Bay.

Trout and Hunter evened it in the third inning when Trout walked, stole second, advanced on an error and trotted home on Hunter's double down the right-field line.

Hunter was greeted each inning in right field by a long row of fans wearing fluorescent-yellow T-shirts and holding up signs spelling "Keep Torii!" The beloved outfielder can become a free agent this winter.

Haren retired 12 straight A's on just 38 pitches after Crisp's triple, but Moss led off the fifth with his 17th homer. Pennington added his fifth of the season in the sixth inning, also reaching the elevated stands above right field.

Notes

  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia said ace Jered Weaver will start Thursday against the A's after skipping a start to rest the tendinitis in his right shoulder. Weaver, who felt strong after a bullpen session Monday, would be lined up to start the Angels' final game of the season if he returns Thursday.
  • Jerome Williams gets a spot start in Weaver's place when the Angels face the A's on Tuesday night. Oakland counters with Dan Straily, who will make his fourth major league start in Brandon McCarthy's slot in the rotation.
  • Los Angeles reliever Nick Maronde gave up a single to Moss after relieving Haren in the seventh. Maronde, a third-round pick in 2011, had struck out each of the first four batters he faced in his major league career since getting promoted from Double-A Arkansas on Sept. 1.
 
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The A's Jarrod Parker throws seven innings of three-hit ball to defeat the Angels and snap their six-game winning streak. (Getty Images)
The A's Jarrod Parker throws seven innings of three-hit ball to defeat the Angels and snap their six-game winning streak. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Oakland

J. Parker
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4110010 .253
Seth Smith, RF4001000 .250
    Collin Cowgill, RF0000000 .271
Josh Reddick, DH4000010 .250
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4000010 .286
Brandon Moss, 1B4121020 .261
George Kottaras, C3000111 .209
Josh Donaldson, 3B3020100 .237
Stephen Drew, SS4000026 .208
Cliff Pennington, 2B3111003 .217
Totals3336328  
Batting
3B - Coco Crisp (6, Haren)
HR - Brandon Moss (17, Haren), Cliff Pennington (5, Haren)
RBI - Seth Smith (46), Brandon Moss (36), Cliff Pennington (22)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Pennington-Moss
E - Stephen Drew (7, Misplayed grounder), George Kottaras (3, Throwing), Seth Smith (1, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (W,10-8) 7311220 3.56
Ryan Cook (H,15) 1100000 2.49
Grant Balfour (S,17) 1000020 2.69
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 98-59, Ryan Cook 13-8, Grant Balfour 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 9-10, Ryan Cook 2-1, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 26, Ryan Cook 4, Grant Balfour 3
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF3110100 .328
Torii Hunter, RF4011000 .304
Albert Pujols, DH4000002 .287
Kendrys Morales, 1B4010010 .280
Howard Kendrick, 2B4000011 .288
Erick Aybar, SS4010010 .281
Mark Trumbo, LF2000112 .269
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3000001 .251
Chris Iannetta, C3000000 .249
Totals3114124  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (21, Parker)
RBI - Torii Hunter (72)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (33)
SB - Mike Trout (45, 3rd base off Parker/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Morales
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (L,10-11) 6.1433042 4.45
Nick Maronde0100100 0.00
Jason Isringhausen 0.2000110 3.86
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 3.60
Jordan Walden 1100020 3.74
WP - Jordan Walden (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 76-53, Nick Maronde 10-6, Jason Isringhausen 10-5, LaTroy Hawkins 13-10, Jordan Walden 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-7, Jason Isringhausen 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Jordan Walden 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 22, Nick Maronde 2, Jason Isringhausen 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Jordan Walden 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36064
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Laz Diaz