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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Norris asks for pinch hitting advice from Oakland hitting coach Chili Davis and other veterans who have played in the NL.
"It does take a little different mindset," Norris said after getting his first career pinch hit in 17 at-bats. "It's not an easy thing to do. Relievers are so good these days you want to be aggressive and look for something early in the count."
Tommy Milone (9-8) allowed four hits over seven innings, allowing one run. He walked four and struck out six.
"I felt good, minus the four walks," Milone said. "I'd like to think that's not the type of pitcher I am. Fortunately none of them scored. It was nice to get through."
Josh Hamilton hit a booming home run for the Angels, who lost their second straight and five of seven overall.
Garrett Richards, making his first start since April 30, pitched five shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out four.
"I was just going to go out there and try not to overthrow," Richards said. "Strike one was a big priority for me."
Richards, who came out of the bullpen in his past 26 appearances, gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start, also against the A's.
"It started off a little fuzzy, with him trying to find his release point," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Once he did, he pitched a strong game."
Scott Downs (2-3) entered the game in the seventh after Dane De La Rosa got Chris Young to hit into a fielder's choice. The A's countered with Norris, who promptly delivered his first career pinch hit, a two-run shot into right field bleachers that put the A's ahead.
"Not by any means do I have it figured out," Norris said. "Today it worked."
Downs allowed his first run in 30 appearances, one short of tying the Angels club record.
"I can't remember the last time Downs gave up a home run," Scioscia said. "You like the matchup with his sinker and hopefully he can get the double play ball."
After getting an out, Crisp singled and scored when Lowrie doubled off the right field wall, ending Downs' day.
Hamilton's home run with one out in the second put the Angels ahead 1-0.
Milone allowed three runs or more (5.79 ERA) in each of his six previous starts. The four hits matched his season low.
"He gives up a home run right away and then he hangs in there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The next thing you know, he gives us seven innings. We needed him to go seven based on our offense."
|Derek Norris, right, and Chris Young are feeling good after Norris' two-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels|
|J.B. Shuck, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.288|
|Collin Cowgill, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.234|
|Mike Trout, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.324|
|Mark Trumbo, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.250|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Josh Hamilton, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.223|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.255|
|Chris Iannetta, C||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||.209|
|a-Hank Conger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Erick Aybar, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.280|
|a-fouled out for Iannetta in the 9th|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (15, Milone)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (43)|
|SB - Mike Trout (23, 2nd base off Cook/Norris)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Trumbo|
|Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels|
|Dane De La Rosa (H,9)||1.1||1||1||1||1||2||0||3.51|
|Scott Downs (L,2-3; BS,3)||0.1||3||2||2||0||1||1||1.84|
|Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 78-45, Dane De La Rosa 25-15, Scott Downs 10-7, Kevin Jepsen 9-5, Joe Blanton 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 5-5, Dane De La Rosa 1-1, Kevin Jepsen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 19, Dane De La Rosa 6, Scott Downs 4, Kevin Jepsen 2, Joe Blanton 3|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.260|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.288|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.299|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.234|
|Yoenis Cespedes, DH||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.220|
|Josh Reddick, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.219|
|Chris Young, LF||4||1||0||0||0||0||4||.194|
|Stephen Vogt, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.200|
|a-Derek Norris, PH-C||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.214|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.264|
|a-homered for Vogt in the 7th|
|2B - Jed Lowrie (25, Downs)|
|HR - Derek Norris (7, Downs)|
|RBI - Jed Lowrie (41), Derek Norris 2 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (17)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Sogard-Lowrie-Moss|
|Tommy Milone (W,9-8)||7||4||1||1||4||6||1||4.03|
|Ryan Cook (H,15)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.15|
|Grant Balfour (S,28)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 114-68, Ryan Cook 21-16, Grant Balfour 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 8-6|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 28, Ryan Cook 4, Grant Balfour 3|
|Attendance - 32333|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|