Trout homers as Angels down A’s

Oakland, CA ( – Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a homer and
three RBI to lead the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-3 win over the Oakland
Athletics in the second of a three-game set.

Johnny Giavotella’s single in the seventh proved to be the game-winner for the
Angels, who snapped a two-game skid.

Fernando Salas (1-0) earned the win for an inning in relief of starter Matt
Shoemaker, who allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Shoemaker was just activated off the bereavement list following the death of
his grandfather and hadn’t pitched since April 20.

Erick Aybar had two RBI in the win.

Marcus Semien went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the A’s, while Stephen
Vogt, Ike Davis and Josh Reddick each knocked in a run in the loss.

Matt Joyce opened the seventh with a walk off Ryan Cook (0-1) and C.J. Cron
followed with a single to right that put runners at the corners. Chris
Iannetta was called out on strikes prior to Giavotella ripping a single up the
middle that plated Joyce for a 4-3 lead.

“He brings electricity to the lineup,” Trout said of Giavotella. “He’s always
out there battling in every at-bat.”

Fernando Abad relieved Cook and walked Kole Calhoun, the only batter he faced.
Trout welcomed Evan Scribner to the game with a double into left field for a
6-3 edge. Grant Green attempted a safety squeeze, but popped out to first
base, then David Freese grounded out to end the inning.

“It is (deflating) but there is not much that you can do about it,” Oakland
manager Bob Melvin said of coming back to tie the score only to falter in the

Oakland had its chance to trim the deficit in the home half. Eric Sogard led
off with a double and Sam Fuld reached on an error by Giavotella two batters
later to put runners at the corners with one out. Salas then induced a popout
from Marcus Semien and a groundout by Vogt to end the threat.

Joe Smith cruised through the eighth inning to set up Huston Street’s eighth
save of the season in the ninth.

Aybar opened the scoring in the first with a two-run single off starter Jesse
Hahn, and Trout made it 3-0 after three with his fifth homer of the season.

The Athletics tied the game with one run in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Vogt singled home Semien in the fourth, then in the sixth, Ike Davis doubled
down the right-field line to score Semien and Reddick singled Davis in to tie
the score with two outs in the sixth.

Game Notes

Albert Pujols’ left game in the sixth inning with left hamstring tightness
after hitting a single to center field … Hahn hadn’t pitched since April 18
due to a blister he suffered against Kansas City. He allowed three runs on
four hits with six strikeouts over five innings.