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A's cap comeback-filled sweep of Angels

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Apparently no lead is safe for the freefalling Los Angeles Angels against the surging Oakland A's.

For the third consecutive game, the A's came from behind to beat the Angels, as Oakland rallied twice Sunday for a 10-6 victory at the O.co Coliseum.

The Angels took an early 5-0 lead, gave it all back, then went back ahead 6-5 with a run in the sixth. The A's countered with five runs in the bottom of the frame, taking a 10-6 lead.

"I think this team knows better than anybody that we have a great shot of making a run and coming back there," A's second baseman Eric Sogard said. "Sure enough, we made it happen."

The A's (62-43) extended their lead in the American League West to a season-high six games over the Texas Rangers and moved a season-high 19 games over .500.

The Angels (48-55) fell 13 games behind Oakland and into sole possession of fourth place, one back of the Seattle Mariners. What's more, slugger Albert Pujols landed on the disabled list Sunday morning with a partial tear of his left plantar fascia, an injury that could end his season.

"We had a great meeting this morning with our offensive side of the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think these guys are upbeat. I liked the way we pressed the action this afternoon. We did some good things, had some good situational hitting early in the game, but we just couldn't keep mounting and pressing them, and those guys got back into it.

"Our guys are playing hard. There's still some frustration because we're obviously not where we want to be right now."

Oakland pounded out 10 hits, including a single and two doubles by Yoenis Cespedes, who drove in four runs and broke out of his slump. Sogard went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice. Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.

"It's all about work," Cespedes said. "I've been working a lot, every single day to try to get the swing that I got today."

A's designated hitter Seth Smith led off the sixth against reliever J.C. Gutierrez (0-2) with a walk. Stephen Vogt hit a shallow fly ball that landed between center fielder Mike Trout and left fielder Josh Hamilton for an RBI double. Trout appeared to have a good shot at catching the fly, but he looked at Hamilton at the last second, and the ball landed for an RBI double as the two outfielders got their legs tangled and hit the turf.

Trout said he had trouble tracking the ball in the sun, just as he did on a Cespedes fly in the fifth that dropped in for an RBI single.

"You can't catch what you can't see," Trout said. "It's tough to pick up balls off the bat here in general."

Sogard then lined an RBI single to center, putting the A's ahead for good, and he took second on the throw home.

"You kind of get that feeling right now with him, like you had toward the end of spring, that he's going to hit a line drive somewhere," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Sogard. "It's been that way for quite some time. Whether it's key hits to extend a rally, knock in a run, start something off, he seems to be right in the middle of everything right now."

After tagging up and advancing to third on Coco Crisp's fly out to deep right, Sogard scored on Lowrie's double, making it 8-6. Brandon Moss drove in the Athletics' ninth run with a single off reliever Kevin Jepsen, and Cespedes followed with a run-scoring double.

Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson, making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right forearm, lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on four hits and walked five while striking out seven.

A's right-hander Jarrod Parker allowed six runs on five hits and walked a career-high seven batters, working five-plus innings. He received his sixth straight no-decision, tying an Oakland record, but kept his four-game winning streak intact, thanks to his teammates.

"It was awesome," Parker said of the comeback. "It's something that this team does well is pick each other up. Today they did that for me, and it was huge."

Jesse Chavez (2-2) replaced Parker and threw two scoreless innings for the win.

Erick Aybar had two hits for the Angels, who received two RBIs from both Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo.

Hours before the game began, Scioscia said he didn't know whether he'd have Pujols back on the active roster this year.

"It's going to be a significant amount of time," Scioscia said of the slugger's absence.

NOTES: The Angels promoted OF Kole Calhoun from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Pujols' roster spot. ... A's C John Jaso (concussion), who went on the seven-day disabled list Thursday, has yet to resume baseball activities. According to Jaso, this marks the third concussion of his career.
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