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The Grand Slam: Mike Trout's long homer punctuates Angels win at Oakland

David Brown
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On the verge of getting swept, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels roared back against the Oakland Athletics and regained the top spot in the American League West. Trout hit a massive solo home run and Josh Hamilton hit a three-run shot to lead Los Angeles in a 9-4 victory Sunday night at the O.co Coliseum.

The Angels stopped a five-game losing streak to the A's, who have dropped nine of 13 since reaching 28 games over .500 on Aug. 9. The Angels, conversely, have won nine of 12 and improved from four games behind Oakland in the standings to top dawg.

Trout's long home run capped the scoring in the sixth after Hamilton's homer against Scott Kazmir gave the Angels a 5-0 lead in the third inning. Oakland manager Bob Melvin, also concerned about injuries to Josh Donaldson and Sean Doolittle that require MRIs, didn't take much consolation in winning the series.

''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.''

 

MCCANN CAN — AND DOES (FINALLY)!

Brian McCann's pinch-hit home run for the New York Yankees helped them complete a sweep with a 7-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox. McCann's production this season has been one of the bigger disappointments for the Yankees, who signed him to an $85 million contract in the offseason. But he'll always have Chicago's Jake Petricka, who intentionally walked Chase Headley to face McCann. Hey, with a .680 OPS, why not? More like "oops," though.

A fired-up McCann pumped his fist and shouted as he rounded first base, then threw down his helmet when he approached a swarm of happy teammates at home plate. Two buckets of liquid were dumped over his head. Someone even slapped a pair of sunglasses on his face.

''I don't know what was going on. I just know that was an amazing moment I'll never forget,'' McCann said. ''Walk-off home runs don't happen in your career every day. So when you hit one, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.''

The Yankees also gave a going-away present to Paul Konerko, who — like Derek Jeter — is retiring at season's end:

 

MARINERS VIRGIN SWEEP AT FENWAY: Never before had the Seattle Mariners swept a series of at least three games at Fenway Park. Dustin Ackley went 13 for 25 in the set, including a triple, double and single in the finale, an 8-6 victory. The Red Sox knocked around starter Hisashi Iwakuma, and loaded the bases against Fernando Rodney in the ninth, but stranded 15 runners overall and lost for the eighth straight time. Seattle's Robinson Cano left the game with dizziness, the result of a virus that's going around the clubhouse, manager Lloyd McClendon said.

FIER UP THE BREWERS: Mike Fiers turned in another strong start, helping the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates that also stopped Milwaukee's three-game losing streak. Fiers allowed two runs and two hits over seven innings. He has a 1.29 ERA in four outings since replacing injured Matt Garza in the rotation. He also has 32 strikeouts and four walks over 28 innings in that span.

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''It has been incredibly impressive,'' outfielder Ryan Braun said. ''I don't think anybody foresaw him coming up and being the best pitcher in baseball the last four starts.''

The Brewers lead the St. Louis Cardinals by 1 1/2 games, and the Pirates by five, in the NL Central.

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David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter!

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