Angels 4, A's 1

The Sports Xchange
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If the Los Angeles Angels are going to overcome their 11-game deficit in the American League West, pitcher Jered Weaver is a good starting point.
Weaver gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings, leading the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the first-place Oakland A's on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Weaver, who had surpassed 100 pitches in the sixth inning, screamed for "one more" as he walked off the mound. He quickly retired the first two batters he faced in the seventh inning, only to be driven out by Coco Crisp's infield single.
The A's struggled to mount any kind of an attack against Weaver and could only get a runner to second base on two occasions. Eric Sogard had a one out double in the third but was forced out at third base to end the inning.
Crisp singled and stole second base in the fifth but was stranded when John Jaso, who had walked, was picked off at first base by catcher Chris Iannetta for the third out.
Weaver struck out a season high eight batters.
The A's were without outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore left wrist. They scored their lone run in the ninth when Brandon Moss singled, took second on an error by Josh Hamilton and scored on a double by Chris Young.
Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar and Mike Trout hit home runs to help stake the Angels to a 4-0 lead after five innings.
Hamilton got the Angels on the board in the first inning with a sinking line drive to right field that turned into a double. Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick tried to make a diving catch but misjudged it. The ball skidded past him, allowing J.B. Shuck to score from second base.
Pujols extended the lead to 2-0 with a home run in the third, and Aybar and Trout hit their home runs in the fifth ff of A's starter A.J. Griffin.
NOTES: Angels RHP Tommy Hanson, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, pitched 3 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment on Thursday. He is now a candidate to start Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins. ... Pujols has a career batting average of .334 after the All-Star break before this season. ... A's RHP Jarrod Parker threw a bullpen session on Friday and didn't seem to be hampered by his sore right hamstring, manager Bob Melvin said.

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