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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver gave up one run in seven innings and Erick Aybar had three hits to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 win over the Oakland A's Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

Weaver (11-8) was making his final start of the season and he finished strong, allowing five hits and one walk to help the Angels win two of three in the series against the A's.

Aybar had three singles and an RBI, and Josh Hamilton drove in two runs with an infield single and an RBI fielder's choice, all off A's starter Dan Straily (10-8), who gave up three runs (one earned) and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The only run the A's scored against Weaver came in the sixth inning. After singles by Coco Crisp and Eric Sogard, Jed Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly. It snapped Weaver's consecutive scoreless innings streak against the A's at 29 2/3 innings, going back to 2012.

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth and earned his 37th save.

Both starting pitchers were sharp in the early innings.

The A's threatened in the second when they put runners on first and second with one out, but Weaver struck out Alberto Callaspo and got Daric Barton on a fly to left. In the third, Oakland had Stephen Vogt on second base with one out but left him stranded as well.

The Angels' best early chance against Straily came with two out and Collin Cowgill (single) on first in the third inning. J.B. Shuck laced a single into the right-field corner, where Josh Reddick cut the ball off, twirled and threw out Shuck trying to stretch it into a double for the third out of the inning.

The Angels broke through against Straily in the fourth after Aybar singled, stole second and went to third on Kole Calhoun's grounder to second. Hamilton hit a hard grounder to Brandon Moss at first, but his throw home went over Vogt's head at the plate, allowing Aybar to score and give the Angels a 1-0 lead.

The Angels tacked on two runs in the third, with Aybar driving in one with a single and Hamilton beating out an infield hit to drive in the second run of the inning.

NOTES: Angels OF Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup. It was just a day off for Trout. Manager Mike Scioscia thinks Trout might be getting tired. After playing in 153 games, Trout has one hit in his last 15 at-bats with eight strikeouts. ... Hamilton took a nine-game hitting streak into the game. He's having his best month of the season, hitting .312 (24-for-77) with two homers and 14 RBIs in September. He entered the game needing four hits to reach 1,000 for his career. ... A's 3B Josh Donaldson got a day of rest and was not in the starting lineup. Donaldson had reached base by hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 28 consecutive games before going 0-for-4 against Jason Vargas on Tuesday. Callaspo started at third in Donaldson's place. ... Crisp has hit a career-high 22 home runs this season, considerably up from his season average entering this year. He hit 86 homers in his first 11 big league seasons, an average of 7.8 per season. He also has 20 stolen bases, becoming the first A's 20-20 player since Ruben Sierra in 1993.
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