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Athletics get to Weaver, defeat Angels, avoid sweep

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After sweeping the Angels at home two weeks ago, the last thing the Oakland Athletics wanted was for Los Angeles to return the favor.

Stephen Vogt hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot against Jered Weaver, and Tommy Milone pitched into the seventh inning to help the A's beat their AL West rivals 7-1 on Wednesday night and increase their lead in the division to 3½ games.

"That was a big one, no doubt about it," manager Bob Melvin said. "I mean, with them playing as well as they are, and the fact that Weaver's been pretty tough on us, that's a pretty tall order for Milone. And I don't know that you can pitch much better than he did."

Milone (4-3) allowed a run and six hits in 6⅔ innings with four strikeouts and two walks. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his past seven starts overall, and 4-0 with a 3.54 ERA in five career starts at Angel Stadium.

Weaver (7-5) gave up four runs and six hits through 5⅓ innings in his 14th start, matching his shortest outing of the season. In his past two starts against Oakland, the three-time All-Star has allowed nine earned runs in 11⅓ innings.

"He's one of the best pitchers in the game, and most of the time he's going to get the best of most teams," Oakland's Coco Crisp said. "It just so happened that these last couple of games against him we've put up some runs."

Both center fielders made home run-saving catches -- Mike Trout robbing Yoenis Cespedes to end the first inning and Crisp pulling back Josh Hamilton's drive leading off the second.

"I knew it was going to be close to the wall," Crisp said. "It's always exciting. I try to take as much pride in defense as possible. And when you're able to make a play for your pitcher, it's gratifying."

Cespedes snuffed out an Angels rally in the seventh with his major league-leading ninth outfield assist, throwing out Albert Pujols at third after misplaying his double to left field. Cespedes got a huge assist from third baseman Josh Donaldson, who caught the throw going away from the bag and made a diving tag on Pujols.

Tuesday night, Cespedes threw out Howie Kendrick at the plate with a 300-foot throw from the left-field corner after misplaying a double by Trout -- the third time he threw out an Angels runner at home this season.

"He's got a few assists this year," Melvin said. "That was a tough throw he had to make tonight, and I'm sure that's why Albert tried to run on him there. ... Throwing it right on the money from a long way away on the fly was the only way he was going to get him, and he did it again. He never ceases to amaze."

The A's broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth. Cespedes led off with a double that deflected off the glove of third baseman John McDonald as he dove toward the line, and Brandon Moss hit a dribbler to the left of the mound that got past Weaver for a single with the Angels overshifting to the right side.

Cespedes scored the go-ahead run on Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly. Vogt, making his sixth start since his recall from Triple-A Sacramento on June 1 and his fourth behind the plate, chased Weaver with a drive deep into the right field seats on the right-hander's 104th pitch.

"I just tried to see something up against Weaver. Fortunately it was a fastball and I was able to get to it," Vogt said.

Weaver has allowed a home run in six consecutive starts -- equaling his career-worst stretch, which occurred in his final six outings of 2011.

"It was rough tonight, obviously," Weaver said. "I've had better games, and one bad pitch was the difference in this one."

Oakland tacked on three more runs in the ninth against Cory Rasmus. Crisp and Cespedes had RBI singles, and Eric Sogard scored when the rookie right-hander tried to pick off Crisp at first base and threw the ball away.

Lowrie ended a career-worst 0-for-21 drought with an opposite-field single in the third.

Cespedes drove in Oakland's first run with a third-inning single, and Hamilton drove in the Angels' first run with a fourth-inning double off the glove of first baseman Moss.

Notes

Oakland LHP Fernando Abad has stranded all 14 of his inherited baserunnners, while Angels RHP Fernando Salas has allowed all nine of his inherited runners to score. ... The Angels are 13-18 against AL West teams and 23-11 against everyone else. ... Oakland LHP Sean Doolittle has not allowed a run in a career-best 21 1-3 consecutive innings, and has 44 strikeouts with only one walk.

 
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Yoenis Cespedes, who has an adventurous series on defense, races home and scores in the sixth inning.  (USATSI)
Yoenis Cespedes, who has an adventurous series on defense, races home and scores in the sixth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Oakland

T. Milone
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4221110 .274
John Jaso, DH5000023 .273
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5132011 .261
Brandon Moss, 1B4110122 .267
Jed Lowrie, SS3011011 .229
Stephen Vogt, C4112002 .310
Alberto Callaspo, 3B1000101 .218
   a-Josh Donaldson, PH-3B2000000 .258
Craig Gentry, RF4110013 .261
Eric Sogard, 2B4110000 .197
Tommy Milone, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals36710638  
a-grounded out for Callaspo in the 6th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (13, Jer. Weaver), Yoenis Cespedes (18, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Stephen Vogt (1, Jer. Weaver)
SF - Jed Lowrie (5)
RBI - Coco Crisp (18), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (42), Jed Lowrie (26), Stephen Vogt 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yoenis Cespedes 1
DP - Sogard
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (W,4-3) 6.2611240 3.47
Ryan Cook (H,3) 0.1000010 3.14
Luke Gregerson (H,8) 1200010 2.06
Jim Johnson 1200000 5.88
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 95-62, Ryan Cook 3-3, Luke Gregerson 17-11, Jim Johnson 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 7-7, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 26, Ryan Cook 1, Luke Gregerson 5, Jim Johnson 5
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Howie Kendrick, 2B5010002 .276
Mike Trout, CF4110001 .293
Albert Pujols, DH4020001 .249
Josh Hamilton, LF4011002 .381
C.J. Cron, 1B3000122 .277
Erick Aybar, SS3000112 .283
Chris Iannetta, C4010013 .254
Collin Cowgill, RF3020000 .297
   a-Kole Calhoun, PH1010000 .246
John McDonald, 3B2000010 .242
   b-David Freese, PH-3B2010012 .222
Jered Weaver, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
   Matt Shoemaker, P0000000 .000
Totals35110126  
a-singled for Cowgill in the 9th
b-struck out for McDonald in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (15, Milone), Albert Pujols (15, Milone), Josh Hamilton (5, Milone), Collin Cowgill (7, Milone)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (13)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Cory Rasmus (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (L,7-5) 5.1644251 3.51
Mike Morin 1.1000110 1.40
Kevin Jepsen 0.1000010 3.32
Fernando Salas 1000000 3.20
Cory Rasmus 0.2432000 5.14
Matt Shoemaker 0.1000010 4.19
WP - Jered Weaver (2), Mike Morin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 104-64, Mike Morin 23-12, Kevin Jepsen 7-4, Fernando Salas 8-4, Cory Rasmus 19-13, Matt Shoemaker 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 2-9, Mike Morin 2-1, Fernando Salas 1-2
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 24, Mike Morin 5, Kevin Jepsen 1, Fernando Salas 3, Cory Rasmus 6, Matt Shoemaker 1
Game Information
Attendance - 36793
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Bob Davidson