Moss, Donaldson power A's to 9-5 win over Angels
- Associated Press
- May 31, 2014 - 12:35 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning, Josh Donaldson had two home runs and four RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 on Friday night.
Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have won three of five since a four-game losing streak.
Moss left the game with right calf tightness.
Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout added a solo shot for the Angels, who lost for only the seventh time in 21 games. C.J. Cron also drove in a pair of runs.
Drew Pomeranz (5-2) pitched a season-high 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and four hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Pomeranz had not allowed a run at home in 17 innings before the Angels struck in the fourth.
Garrett Richards (4-2) had not allowed more than two runs or five hits in his first six starts on the road before giving up five runs on five hits in the first inning.
He did get an out prior to Moss' first career slam and loaded the bases again before getting his second, and final, out. Richards walked Crisp to force in a run and was replaced by Wade LeBlanc.
Donaldson homered in the second and singled home a run in the third before the Angels answered with three runs in the fourth on the homers from Kendrick and Trout.
Donaldson added a two-run shot in the fifth to put the A's up 9-3. Cron responded with a two-run double in the sixth.
Moss got his 19th extra-base hit of the month, setting an Oakland record for May. Donaldson reached base safely in his 45th straight game as a third baseman, the longest such streak in franchise history since at least 1914.
LeBlanc pitched 6 1-3 innings in relief of Richards. He gave up four runs and six hits, striking out four.
NOTES: The A's sent 10 batters or more to the plate in an inning for the sixth time this season, which leads the majors. ... Angels OF Josh Hamilton was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a strikeout in his first game of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Oakland LHP Eric O'Flaherty threw 20 pitches in a simulated game at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. ... LHP Tyler Skaggs (4-2, 3.97 ERA) is the Angels' scheduled starter Saturday. He set a season high with eight strikeouts in his last start. LHP Tommy Milone (3-3, 3.50) goes for the A's. He is 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA over his last four starts. ... Trout extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The A's improved to 21-3 when scoring first, best in the majors.
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