Richards roughed up as Angels fall to A's

BY foxsports • September 23, 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jed Lowrie hit a
three-run homer, Brandon Moss added a two-run shot and the Oakland
Athletics kept rolling toward the postseason with their fifth straight
victory, 10-5 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Tommy Milone pitched into the sixth
inning and Seth Smith had an early RBI double for the AL West champions,
who have won 11 of 13.

Seven A's drove in a run at the Big A as
Oakland (94-63) moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 with the
majors' second-best record, just behind Boston (95-62).

Howie Kendrick homered and hit a
three-run double for the Angels, who have lost two straight after
winning 21 of 28. They hadn't lost by more than three runs since Sept.
3.

The A's have scored 49 runs in their
last five games, and the offensive barrage didn't let up after the club
clinched its second consecutive division title Sunday. Lowrie hit his
15th homer in the third inning in Anaheim, and Moss followed with his
28th in the fifth.

Milone (12-9) struck out eight while
giving up five hits and two earned runs in his second start since Aug.
27. He pitched two innings of relief last Friday, but got this spot
start in A.J. Griffin's place.

Garrett Richards (7-7) gave up eight
hits and seven runs while failing to get out of the fifth inning in his
worst start since joining the Angels' rotation full-time in late July.

Oakland and Los Angeles have been the
majors' two best teams since Aug. 23, but the A's are playoff-bound
while the Angels are finished Sunday because Oakland didn't waste the
season's first 4 months.

The Angels, with a payroll roughly twice
the size of Oakland's, will finish in third place in the AL West for
the third time in four years after winning five of the previous six
division titles.

Richards got rocked in his final home
audition for a rotation spot in 2014. The right-hander had allowed more
than three runs just twice since in 11 starts taking Joe Blanton's spot
in the rotation midway through this season.

Josh Reddick, Smith and Stephen Vogt delivered consecutive two-out hits off Richards in the second inning, scoring two runs.

Kendrick replied in the bottom half
with his first homer since July 6. The Angels' second baseman missed 33
games with a hyperextended left knee, but has hits in eight of his nine
games since returning.

Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson then opened the third with singles before Lowrie's homer into the elevated right-field stands.

Los Angeles loaded the bases in the
third on Kole Calhoun's walk, and Mike Trout struck out before Kendrick
pounded a line drive high off the wall in right, matching his season
high with four RBIs.

Oakland kept piling on with Moss' homer
and Eric Sogard's RBI single in the sixth. Former Angels infielder
Alberto Callaspo had an RBI single for the A's in the ninth.

After going 1 for 10 in last weekend's
series against Seattle, Trout struck out three times against Milone
before beating out an infield single in the eighth. He is 13 hits shy of
200 for the season.

NOTES:
Angels 1B Mark Trumbo, stuck in an 0-for-16 slump, drove in a run with a
sacrifice fly in the sixth. ... Griffin's start was pushed back to
Tuesday against Los Angeles LHP Jason Vargas. Angels ace Jered Weaver is
expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday after missing last
week's turn with tightness in his forearm. ... Angels RHP Tommy Hanson
made his first career relief appearance in the seventh, pitching 2 1-3
innings in his first action since a demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake in
mid-August.


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