Los Angeles at Oakland

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L.A. Angels (48-52) «0010430008120
Oakland (59-43)000201000360

Angels 8, Athletics 3

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For a lineup filled with power, the Los Angeles Angels sure looked awfully comfortable playing small ball for a change.

Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in two runs to power the Angels past the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Thursday night despite only one extra-base hit.

"We'll take eight runs any way they come," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "If we have one hitter hitting two grand slams and that's the only two hits we get, we'll take it. But I think the depth of our lineup is important. I think we had everybody contributing tonight, and that's nice."

C.J. Wilson (11-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for his third straight victory -- the past two against Dan Straily (6-4) and the A's. He struck out six and walked three.

Josh Hamilton was 1 for 5 with an RBI after missing three games with a stiff right ankle for the Angels, who had scored only seven runs while losing three of their previous four.

The last time an opponent scored at least eight runs at the Oakland Coliseum was when the Angels lost 10-8 in 19 innings on April 29.

"You try not to be too aware of what's going on. We know we haven't scored a ton of runs lately," Trumbo said. "The at-bats have been good, the competitiveness is there. You never know, we could go on an absolute tear and this can be a good start for it."

Derek Norris hit his sixth home run of the season and added another RBI, but Straily struggled on the mound after Oakland took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Straily gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking two.

"Up until that point I felt I was commanding everything pretty good. Then just out of nowhere I wasn't able to correct myself and it cost us the game," Straily said.

The A's remain a season-high three games ahead of Texas in the AL West after the Rangers lost 2-0 to the Yankees. The Angels are 10 games back of Oakland.

"We have to win every game, but if we can win against Oakland and Texas, even better," Wilson said. "We have a really long road to go. There's no sugarcoating or way of making it look rosy. It stinks. We're way down in the standings and we have to put it together, otherwise it's going to be a long offseason."

Los Angeles began the seven-game road trip at Oakland and Texas by finding some much-needed pop at the plate, getting 12 hits and finishing 6 for 11 with runners in scoring position. The A's, meanwhile, opened their 10-game homestand with just six hits and going 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Both teams still had to manufacture runs -- the Angels just made it look so much easier.

Scioscia touted his team's patience at the plate, working into favorable counts and taking advantage of Staily's mistakes. He also was encouraged by hitters not just swinging for the fences, starting with Pujols' two-out single up the middle in the third inning to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. Pujols finished 3 for 4.

In the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes walked, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored the tying run sliding feet-first into Wilson's legs blocking the plate after a wild pitch. Cespedes held his right leg in the dugout, grimacing, but stayed in the game.

The home run derby champion had a wrap around his right knee in the clubhouse. A's manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes just had a bruise and didn't think he would miss time.

Norris hit an RBI single later in the inning to give the A's a 2-1 lead. The runs ended Wilson's string of 12 consecutive scoreless innings against the A's in the past week after he tossed 8 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in a 2-0 victory against Oakland last Saturday in Anaheim.

This time, the Angels' offense carried the day in Wilson's victory.

Trout hit a sacrifice fly, Hamilton added an RBI single and Trumbo lined a two-run double to left-center to put the Angels ahead 5-2 in the fifth. The Angels hit five consecutive singles to start the sixth, pushing across three more runs for an 8-2 lead.

Norris, who got the start at catcher after John Jaso was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list before the game, hit a solo shot on the first pitch from Wilson in the bottom of the inning.

Dane De La Rosa pitched a perfect eighth, and new reliever J.C. Gutierrez tossed a scoreless ninth for the Angels.

Notes

The Angels designated RHP Billy Buckner for assignment to clear space on the roster for Gutierrez, who was claimed off waivers from Kansas City on Wednesday. ... The A's recalled Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento before the game to fill Jaso's roster spot. Jaso was taken out in the eighth inning of Oakland's 4-3 victory Wednesday at Houston after taking a ball off his mask and complaining of a headache. ... The A's send Bartolo Colon (13-3, 2.52 ERA) to the mound against Angels RHP Jerome Williams (5-6, 4.73 ERA) on Friday.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Norris
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF5320011 .291
Mike Trout, CF4012021 .321
Albert Pujols, DH4132000 .259
Josh Hamilton, RF5111013 .223
Mark Trumbo, 1B5012011 .249
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000011 .301
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3010111 .257
Hank Conger, C4110012 .250
Erick Aybar, SS3220100 .286
Totals37812728  
Batting
2B - Mark Trumbo (21, Straily)
SF - Mike Trout (6)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (63), Albert Pujols 2 (62), Josh Hamilton (42), Mark Trumbo 2 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (17)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,11-6) 7533361 3.18
Dane De La Rosa 1000010 3.42
J.C. Gutierrez 1100000 3.26
WP - C.J. Wilson (8)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 123-73, Dane De La Rosa 10-7, J.C. Gutierrez 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 7-8, Dane De La Rosa 2-0
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 29, Dane De La Rosa 3, J.C. Gutierrez 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, DH4000022 .257
Jed Lowrie, 2B4010000 .283
Josh Donaldson, 3B4000021 .304
Yoenis Cespedes, LF2100210 .225
Nate Freiman, 1B4010001 .271
Chris Young, CF4120022 .197
Derek Norris, C4122002 .210
Josh Reddick, RF4000004 .212
Adam Rosales, SS2000100 .197
   a-Stephen Vogt, PH1000001 .143
Totals3336237  
a-lined out for Rosales in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (13, Wilson)
HR - Derek Norris (6, Wilson)
RBI - Derek Norris 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Norris (15)
SB - Yoenis Cespedes (6, 2nd base off Wilson/Conger)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Rosales-Freiman
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily (L,6-4) 4.1755250 4.43
Jesse Chavez 0.2433010 3.63
Dan Otero 3100020 2.25
Pat Neshek 1000000 2.67
WP - Dan Straily (5), Jesse Chavez (5)
HBP - Pujols (by Dan Straily)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 84-54, Jesse Chavez 25-18, Dan Otero 28-20, Pat Neshek 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 2-6, Dan Otero 5-1, Pat Neshek 2-1
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 23, Jesse Chavez 6, Dan Otero 9, Pat Neshek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20468
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Lance Barrett