The Los Angeles Angels counted on ace right-hander Jered Weaver to help prevent a sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, and the trust seemed well placed. Weaver came in having allowed a .592 on-base plus slugging against the A's, with a 2.23 ERA for his career, and had allowed only two runs in six starts covering 44 1/3 innings the past two seasons.
But the A's turned the tables on Weaver, battering him for six runs — five earned — and 11 hits, including a home run by Jed Lowrie, in a 6-3 victory. Lowrie swung 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth for a solo shot giving the A's a 5-2 lead.
It's the A's first home sweep of at least three games against the Angels since June 29-July 1, 2004, and it increased their lead to 4 1/2 games on the Angels in AL West. It's Oakland's biggest division lead before the All-Star game since 1990.
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And If Weaver can't slow them down, it's hard to envision someone else doing it.
BOURN TO BE ALIVE:
Michael Bourn raced around the bases as if the Cleveland Indians needed an inside-the-park home run to win. Bourn said he knew that his ball already had cleared the fence at Progressive Field, giving the Tribe a 6-4 victory against the Colorado Rockies. But after collecting the first game-ending hit of any kind in his career, Bourn was just too happy merely to trot.
''I was pretty excited,'' said Bourn, who threw his helmet into the air after rounding third before being doused with water. ''I was flying around the bases. I was happy not just because I hit a walk-off, but that we got the sweep against a good team. It was a really good moment I won't forget. My emotions were really going.''
Bourn's blast against Adam Ottavino, his second of the season and 30th of his career, also completed Cleveland's three-game sweep of the Rockies. The Indians are 27-30.
Colorado finished 2-7 on its road trip — scoring 26 combined runs — and is 12-21 away from Coors Field.
HUDSON KEEPS ON TRUCKIN':
Even at age 38, Tim Hudson is a big reason the San Francisco Giants have the best record in the major leagues. Hudson continued to defy time against the St. Louis Cardinals, limiting them to three hits and two walks over seven shutout innings in an 8-0 victory at Busch Stadium. The Giants took three of four in the the series and have won five of six.
Hudson's 1.75 ERA ranks second in the National League, and he's lasted at least seven innings in nine of his 11 starts. Hudson, who missed the final two months of the 2013 season with a fractured ankle before coming to the Giants in free agency, doesn't see why people should be too impressed with him right now:
''There comes a lot of luck with it,'' he said. ''I'm just throwing the ball and missing (bat) barrels.''
Buster Posey had three hits, as did Joaquin Arias, who also drove in three for the Giants. Right-hander Lance Lynn had a rough day for St. Louis, allowing seven runs — four earned — along with eight hits and four walks. Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras, who homered in his major league debut Saturday, went 1 for 4.
HUGHES STRONG IN RETURN TO BRONX:
Phil Hughes called his return to Yankee Stadium "a little weird," but once the initial awkwardness wore off, he pitched well, allowing two runs and three hits in a 7-2 victory for the Minnesota Twins. Hughes retired his final 15 batters, and lowered his ERA to 3.12. He played down his return, but Hughes made 182 appearances for the Yankees from 2007-2013 and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the game meant more than he was letting on.
New York led 2-1 going to the ninth, but the Twins put up a six spot — mostly against closer David Robertson — to take control. Josh Willingham's solo home run tied the score, and the Twins kept adding on thanks to run-scoring hits by Brian Dozier, Eduardo Nuñez and Oswaldo Arcia.
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