8:00 PM ET, August 24, 2014
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton is heating up at the right time, and Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia hopes he can keep going.
"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."
"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 6⅔ innings while improving to 7-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his past 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.
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.
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."
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 24: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scores a run past Derek Norris...(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 8-8 (as of Sun 8/24)|
|Mon 4/14||OAK 3, @LAA 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/15||OAK 10, @LAA 9||Recap|
|Wed 4/16||@LAA 5, OAK 4||Recap|
|Fri 5/30||@OAK 9, LAA 5||Recap|
|Sat 5/31||@OAK 11, LAA 3||Recap|
|Sun 6/1||@OAK 6, LAA 3||Recap|
|Mon 6/9||@LAA 4, OAK 1||Recap|
|Tue 6/10||@LAA 2, OAK 1||Recap|
|Wed 6/11||OAK 7, @LAA 1||Recap|
|Fri 8/22||@OAK 5, LAA 3||Recap|
|Sat 8/23||@OAK 2, LAA 1||Recap|
|» Sun 8/24||LAA 9, @OAK 4||Box Score|
|Thu 8/28||@LAA 4, OAK 3||Recap|
|Fri 8/29||@LAA 4, OAK 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||@LAA 2, OAK 0||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||@LAA 8, OAK 1||Recap|
|Sep 22, 2014||LAA (Wilson) @ OAK (Samardzija)||10:05 PM ET|
|Sep 23, 2014||LAA (LeBlanc) @ OAK (Gray)||10:05 PM ET|
|Sep 24, 2014||LAA (Santiago) @ OAK (Lester)||3:35 PM ET|
|Complete Schedule: Angels | Athletics|
|2nd||E Aybar doubled to deep center, J Hamilton and H Kendrick scored.||2||0|
|2nd||K Calhoun doubled to left, E Aybar scored, C Iannetta to third.||3||0|
|3rd||J Hamilton homered to right (385 feet), A Pujols scored.||5||0|
|4th||A Pujols singled to center, K Calhoun scored, M Trout to third.||6||0|
|4th||J Hamilton hit sacrifice fly to left, M Trout scored, A Pujols to second.||7||0|
|4th||H Kendrick singled to center, A Pujols scored.||8||0|
|6th||M Trout homered to center (417 feet).||9||0|
|7th||A Callaspo homered to right (375 feet), J Reddick scored.||9||2|
|7th||A Parrino homered to right (363 feet).||9||3|
|9th||E Sogard hit sacrifice fly to right, D Norris scored, A Callaspo to third.||9||4|
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|Stadium||O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|Attendance||36,067 (102.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|
Mike Trout hit his 29th HR of the season, but his 1st on a pitch in the upper third of the strike zone... All 28 of his HR this season had come on pitches in the middle third of the strike zone or lower (we know he crushes pitches down in the zone)... His last HR on a pitch in the upper third came on June 10 last season, meaning that his past 44 HR had come against pitches in the middle third of the strike zone or lower.
Josh Hamilton (LAA): 10th HR of the season and all 10 have come on the road... Since joining the Angels last season he has 22 HR on the road and only 9 at home (his last HR at home was on Aug. 18 last season)
Alberto Callaspo (OAK): 1st HR since April 24 (he had gone 86 straight games without a HR)
Jered Weaver gets the start for LA tonight against Oakland. The Angels need an ace to show up...he was 8-1 with a 0.87 earned run average against the Athletics from 2011 through 2013. But he's 0-2 in two starts versus Oakland this season, with a 7.15 ERA (9 ER in 11.1 IP).[+]
Jered Weaver Last 4 Seasons vs Athletics
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