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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Sonny Gray allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings, shortstop Jed Lowrie homered, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels and nemesis Jared Weaver 6-3 on Sunday, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

The A's swept the Angels in a series of three or more games in Oakland for the first time since June 29 to July 1, 2004, and improved to 5-1 overall against them this year. The A's increased their lead in the American League West to 4 1/2 games over the Angels.

Weaver (6-4) had gone 8-1 with a 0.87 ERA against the A's in 11 starts since 2011 before facing them Sunday. He allowed six runs and 11 hits -- both season highs -- and had his five-game winning streak against the A's snapped. In his previous eight starts this season, Weaver had gone 6-1 with a 2.01 ERA.

First baseman Alberto Callaspo and second baseman Eric Sogard each had three hits for the A's. Lowrie went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a solo homer in the fifth. Third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Gray (6-1) gave up seven hits, struck out five, walked three and threw a season-high 113 pitches.

After Angels shortstop Erick Aybar ripped an RBI double to right with two outs in the seventh, Gray gave way to right-hander Dan Otero, who struck out first baseman Albert Pujols looking. Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save, extending his streak to 14 1/3 scoreless innings.

The A's built a 4-0 lead in the third inning, batting around against Weaver. After Callaspo led off with a single, right fielder Craig Gentry hit what appeared to be a sure double-play one-hopper to Aybar. But the speedy Gentry beat second baseman Howie Kendrick's throw to first after the force at second.

Sogard singled Gentry to third. Center fielder Coco Crisp lined a double to right-center, scoring Gentry and sending Sogard to third. After Weaver walked catcher John Jaso, loading the bases, Donaldson grounded a two-run single to left, making it 3-0. Then with two outs, Lowrie singled sharply to right, driving in Jaso.

NOTES: Angels CF Mike Trout was out of the lineup for the second straight game with upper back stiffness. "It definitely feels better than yesterday," Trout said before the game. "I just feel a little bit stiff." ... After playing back-to-back rehab games with Triple-A Salt Lake at Albuquerque, Angels OF Josh Hamilton (left thumb surgery) was expected to work out Sunday then travel Monday to Houston, where the Angels open a three-game series Tuesday. Barring a setback, he'll likely be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. ... Oakland 1B Brandon Moss (strained right calf) was out of the lineup for the second straight day but said he felt much better. ... A's RF Josh Reddick (hyper-extended right knee) was out of the lineup, one day after being injured, and is day-to-day. ... The A's called up C Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento and sent down RHP Fernando Rodriguez. Vogt started against the Angels. ... A's RHP Ryan Cook (right forearm strain), who pitched a scoreless inning Saturday during a rehab stint with Class A Stockton, will likely be activated Tuesday, A's manager Bob Melvin said.
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