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Hamilton powers Angels past A's

By RICK EYMER
Associated Press
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Hamilton is heating up at the right time, and Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia hopes he can keep going.

Hamilton homered and drove in three runs, Mike Trout also went deep and the Angels regained the best record on baseball, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Sunday night.

''This is huge for Josh,'' Scioscia said. ''You can see what he can bring from what he did today. He can control the game by himself.''

Erick Aybar had two hits and two RBIs and Kole Calhoun finished with three hits for the Angels, who ended a five-game losing streak to the A's in Oakland. Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick each drove in a run as Los Angeles won for the ninth time in 12 games.

''We needed a `W' tonight,'' Trout said. ''There are a lot of games left but any time you beat Oakland it's big.''

Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino homered for Oakland, which had won three of four to move into a tie for the top spot in the AL West.

''It's not even about a series any more. We have to bear down every single day,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''When you take the first two, you always want the third one, but you can't complain when you take two of three.''

Jered Weaver (14-7) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings while improving to 7-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his last 13 starts. He allowed three runs and eight hits.

''It's nice to end the series on top of the AL West division,'' Weaver said. ''This was obviously a huge game. We didn't want to get swept, and the offense was the story of the game.''

Scott Kazmir (14-6) matched his season highs in runs (seven) and hits (10) in three-plus innings.

''There were times I felt I could take control of the game, get two strikes on a guy and then throw one right down the middle,'' Kazmir said. ''I felt like I wasn't aggressive enough.''

Aybar contributed a two-run double when the Angels got to Kazmir for three runs in the second. Calhoun doubled home Aybar for a 3-0 lead.

TRAINERS ROOM:

Angels: LHP Joe Thatcher (left ankle sprain) remains behind schedule and has yet to throw a bullpen session. The Angels may just wait the extra week and activate him when rosters are expanded. ... INF Grant Green (lower back strain) could start a rehab assignment soon.

Athletics: LHP Sean Doolittle (strained right intercostal) and INF Josh Donaldson (knee) each had an MRI during Sunday's game. Doolittle went on the 15-day disabled list while Donaldson, who hurt his knee in his last at-bat on Saturday, is day to day. . C John Jaso will be placed on the 7-day concussion list before the A's play Houston.

ON DECK

Angels: LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 7.36 ERA) gets his first start of the season against Miami on Monday night. LeBlanc pitched for the Marlins the past two seasons and is 1-1 against them for his career.

Athletics: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-3, 4.07 ERA) takes the mound in Houston on Monday night. His five wins against the Astros are his most against any team.

A'S ADD CATCHER

Oakland acquired C Geovany Soto from Texas for cash. He was brought in because of Jaso's continued problems with concussion-like symptoms.

TALE OF CALIFORNIA

The Angels are 4-8 against the A's this season, including a 1-5 mark in Oakland. The teams meet again in Anaheim in a four-game set beginning on Thursday.

''There are years we've played well here,'' Scioscia said. ''This year they've got our number. They've played well at our place too.''

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Hamilton
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

A. Callaspo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF5131010.293.347.481
Mike Trout, CF5221013.288.373.559
Albert Pujols, 1B4221000.274.331.472
   Efren Navarro, 1B1000010.257.323.363
Josh Hamilton, LF3223010.269.340.434
   Collin Cowgill, LF1000000.268.348.385
Howie Kendrick, DH4111120.282.339.374
David Freese, 3B5010002.258.324.363
Erick Aybar, SS4122001.276.315.383
   John McDonald, SS0000000.149.237.164
Chris Iannetta, C1000202.261.376.408
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000006.217.258.330
Jered Weaver, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Morin, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals37913936    
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (25, Kazmir), David Freese (18, Kazmir), Erick Aybar (26, Kazmir)
HR - Mike Trout (29, J. Chavez), Josh Hamilton (10, Kazmir)
SF - Josh Hamilton (6)
RBI - Kole Calhoun (44), Mike Trout (91), Albert Pujols (78), Josh Hamilton 3 (43), Howie Kendrick (54), Erick Aybar 2 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Kole Calhoun (21)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Chris Iannetta (4)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,14-7) 6.2833082 3.72
Mike Morin 0.1000000 2.58
Fernando Salas 1000010 2.38
Jason Grilli 1210020 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 103-67, Mike Morin 5-4, Fernando Salas 12-8, Jason Grilli 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 2-10, Mike Morin 1-0, Fernando Salas 1-1
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 28, Mike Morin 1, Fernando Salas 3, Jason Grilli 5
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Coco Crisp, DH5010014.257.350.400
Sam Fuld, CF4000011.256.340.349
Stephen Vogt, 1B4010010.322.351.514
Brandon Moss, LF4000011.246.337.461
Josh Reddick, RF4110011.254.308.427
Derek Norris, C4110031.284.377.450
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4132010.246.311.319
Eric Sogard, 2B3011011.216.302.270
Andy Parrino, SS4121012.207.273.414
Scott Kazmir, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jesse Chavez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals364104011    
Batting
2B - Stephen Vogt (10, Jer. Weaver), Alberto Callaspo (14, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Alberto Callaspo (4, Jer. Weaver), Andy Parrino (1, Jer. Weaver)
SF - Eric Sogard (2)
RBI - Alberto Callaspo 2 (39), Eric Sogard (17), Andy Parrino (3)
2-OUT RBI - Andy Parrino (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kazmir-Sogard-Vogt, Kazmir-Sogard-Vogt-Parrino-Sogard-Vogt
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir (L,14-6) 31077211 3.08
Jesse Chavez 3322021 3.40
Dan Otero 1000100 2.25
Fernando Abad 1000020 1.59
Ryan Cook 1000010 2.95
HBP - Iannetta (by Jesse Chavez)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 61-36, Jesse Chavez 41-29, Dan Otero 17-11, Fernando Abad 19-13, Ryan Cook 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 3-4, Jesse Chavez 3-3, Dan Otero 1-2, Ryan Cook 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 20, Jesse Chavez 12, Dan Otero 4, Fernando Abad 3, Ryan Cook 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36067
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild