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Angels end Parker's unbeaten streak, rout A's

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels are playing their best baseball of the season, setting career highs and beating first-place opponents.

This is one September surge that just came too late.

C.J. Wilson pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for his career-best 17th victory, and the Angels became the first team in nearly four months to beat Jarrod Parker in a 12-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

"We're just going to try to throw a wrench in the works to keep everybody on the edge of their toes," Wilson said. "It's good television when the season comes down to the last weekend."

Kole Calhoun had two of his three RBI during a five-run fifth inning that chased Parker (11-7), who was 9-0 in 19 starts since a loss at Texas on May 22. It was the longest unbeaten streak by an A's starting pitcher since Hall of Famer Lefty Grove went 21 in a row in 1931.

Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit a towering, two-run homer in the eighth.

Wilson (17-6) struck out six and walked three. He extended his career-best winning streak to nine and is unbeaten in his past 13 starts.

Los Angeles has won nine of 12 and 18 of 24. But with two weeks left in the regular season, the Angels are 15 games behind the first-place A's in the AL West.

"There's no doubt this year has filled us with a lot of frustration," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "This last month gives us a lot of hope looking forward to some of our kids that are playing well, some of the things we've been looking to take place and be in place during the season."

Oakland, coming off a three-game sweep at Texas that stretched its division lead to 6½ games, is still in a strong position to win the AL West for the second successive year. The Rangers lost 6-2 at Tampa Bay earlier Monday, keeping the A's lead intact.

Parker had been a strong and steady force at the top of the rotation since starting 0-4 this season. He was scratched from his start at Texas on Sunday because of an illness that had him vomiting and trying to rehydrate, he said, and he never looked comfortable on the mound back in Oakland.

Parker gave up eight hits and eight runs -- seven earned -- in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

The winning streak was the longest by an Oakland pitcher since Dan Haren rolled off 10 in a row in 2007. Grove also made 10 relief appearances -- losing once -- for the Philadelphia Athletics during his 21-start unbeaten streak in 1931.

"I can either dwell on it or move on," Parker said. "Early in the game it felt like forever since I've been out there. It wasn't very good execution. Not very many of my pitches were down in the zone, not even my off-speed stuff."

Calhoun and Josh Hamilton hit RBI singles in the first inning off Parker.

In the third, second baseman Alberto Callaspo -- traded by the Angels in July -- had Hamilton's liner bounce off his glove and into center for an error. Fill-in shortstop Andy Parrino bobbled a grounder on a potential double play, getting only the out at second as Howie Kendrick scored and the Angels took a 3-0 lead.

Los Angeles sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Trout hit his 24th home run and Trumbo his 34th this season off Pedro Figueroa in the eighth. Trout's home run glanced off a luxury box window in center field.

Initial estimates ranged from 420-460 feet by various trackers, though many Angels thought the ball cleared 500 feet.

"What is that, yards, meters?" Wilson joked.

"It bounced back 420 feet maybe," Scioscia said.

Trout said it was the farthest ball he had hit all season.

"I really didn't even feel that one off the bat," he said.

Derek Norris' RBI single in the sixth accounted for Oakland's lone run against Wilson. The lefty hasn't lost since July 5 at Boston.

Yoenis Cespedes returned to the A's lineup after he was scratched Sunday because of a sore right shoulder. He was 2 for 3 as the designated hitter.

Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie sat out with tightness in his right hamstring. Manager Bob Melvin said Lowrie likely would be back in the lineup Tuesday.

Notes

Calhoun has 23 RBI in his past 22 games. ... A's reliever Dan Otero missed the game after his wife, Tiffany, gave birth to daughter Kinsley Lynn Otero at 2:54 a.m. on Monday. ... Sonny Gray was set to start if Parker needed another day to rest. Instead, Gray (3-3, 2.63 ERA) will start Tuesday and A.J. Griffin (14-9, 3.81) will go Wednesday. RHP Garrett Richards (7-6, 3.91) will start for the Angels on Tuesday and lefty Jason Vargas (8-7, 4.20) on Wednesday.

 
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Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout each homer in the eighth inning as the Angels put a beating on the A's.  (USATSI)
Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout each homer in the eighth inning as the Angels put a beating on the A's. (USATSI)

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Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

M. Trumbo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF3210102 .297
   a-Collin Cowgill, PH-LF1000100 .204
Howie Kendrick, 2B4220000 .303
   Tommy Field, 2B-SS2000012 .136
Mike Trout, CF5223012 .331
Josh Hamilton, DH4111012 .245
   b-John Hester, PH-DH-C0100100 .000
Mark Trumbo, 1B4223100 .243
   Efren Navarro, 1B0000000 .000
Kole Calhoun, RF5133001 .307
Erick Aybar, SS4010004 .268
   c-Grant Green, PH-2B1000011 .258
Hank Conger, C5011021 .263
   Robert Coello, P0000000 .000
Andrew Romine, 3B5121010 .246
C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .125
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
Totals4312151247  
a-grounded out for Shuck in the 8th
b-walked for Hamilton in the 8th
c-struck out for Aybar in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (39, Parker), Mark Trumbo (30, Parker)
3B - Erick Aybar (5, Scribner)
HR - Mike Trout (24, Figueroa), Mark Trumbo (34, Figueroa)
RBI - Mike Trout 3 (89), Josh Hamilton (69), Mark Trumbo 3 (98), Kole Calhoun 3 (30), Hank Conger (21), Andrew Romine (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout 2 (28), Josh Hamilton (22), Mark Trumbo 2 (35), Kole Calhoun (7), Hank Conger (10), Andrew Romine (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Field-Trumbo
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,17-6) 7411360 3.36
Cory Rasmus 1200010 6.06
Robert Coello 1000110 4.02
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 101-61, Cory Rasmus 21-14, Robert Coello 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 7-7, Cory Rasmus 1-1, Robert Coello 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 27, Cory Rasmus 5, Robert Coello 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF2010110 .257
   Jemile Weeks, 2B1000000 .000
Chris Young, LF-CF4000022 .203
Josh Donaldson, 3B2100102 .301
   Michael Choice, LF1010000 .300
Yoenis Cespedes, DH3020001 .243
   a-Seth Smith, PH-DH1010000 .245
Derek Norris, C4011013 .243
Nate Freiman, 1B4000022 .275
Alberto Callaspo, 2B-3B2000201 .250
Josh Reddick, RF4000001 .215
Andy Parrino, SS4000021 .097
Jarrod Parker, P0000000 .000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
   Evan Scribner, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Figueroa, P0000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
Totals3216148  
a-singled for Cespedes in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Derek Norris (27)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Alberto Callaspo (16, Dropped line drive)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (L,11-7) 4.1887230 3.81
Jerry Blevins 0.2200000 3.46
Evan Scribner 2100020 4.01
Pedro Figueroa 1444122 18.00
Pat Neshek 1000100 3.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 78-54, Jerry Blevins 15-12, Evan Scribner 22-16, Pedro Figueroa 36-22, Pat Neshek 11-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 5-6, Jerry Blevins 1-1, Evan Scribner 2-2, Pedro Figueroa 1-0, Pat Neshek 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 24, Jerry Blevins 4, Evan Scribner 7, Pedro Figueroa 8, Pat Neshek 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14629
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Paul Emmel