An­gels 1, Oak­land 0:

Wil­son is sharp for seven and Pu­jols homers again.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Mike DiGio­vanna


Short­stop Erick Ay­bar couldn’t han­dle Brett Lawrie’s sharp grounder in the sev­enth in­ning, com­mit­ting the An­gels’ first er­ror in 11 games this month and putting run­ners on first and sec­ond with one out. But first base­man Efren Navarro made a lung­ing, back­hand grab of Stephen Vogt’s liner and threw to sec­ond to com­plete an in­ning-dou­ble play and pre­serve a 1-0 lead.


Al­bert Pu­jols hit a solo homer in the first, his 10th homer in 15 games and the 538th of his ca­reer. The shot to left field gave Pu­jols 1,636 ca­reer runs bat­ted in, ty­ing him with Ernie Banks for 29th on base­ball’s all-time list. Pu­jols be­came the sixth player in An­gels his­tory and the first since Mo Vaughn in May of 2000 to hit 10 homers in a 15-game span. Third base­man David Freese, who did not start the pre­vi­ous three games be­cause of right ham­string tight­ness, had two hits in three at-bats. Mike Trout fouled a ball hard off his right foot in the fifth in­ning and crum­pled to the ground, but he re­mained in the game.


C.J. Wil­son, 1-3 with a 6.00 earned-run av­er­age and six homers given up in his pre­vi­ous five starts, was su­perb, giv­ing up two hits in seven shutout innings, strik­ing out eight and walk­ing three to im­prove to 4-5 with a 3.60 ERA. The left-han­der es­caped a sec­ond-and-third, two-out jam in the fifth by strik­ing out Sam Fuld with a break­ing ball in the dirt and struck out two of three in the sixth. Joe Smith re­tired the side in or­der with one strike­out in the eighth. Hus­ton Street, who threw 26 high-stress pitches Fri­day night, walked Billy But­ler with two outs in the ninth but got pinch-hit­ter Josh Red­dick to pop to short for his 19th save. A’s right-han­der Ken­dall Grave­man gave up eight hits and struck out seven in an eight-in­ning com­plete game.


Collin Cowgill has hit what Manager Mike Scios­cia called “a plateau” in his re­cov­ery from a right wrist sprain, and the re­serve out­fielder will travel to Ari­zona on Mon­day to be ex­am­ined by a spe­cial­ist. “It hasn’t pro­gressed the way we an­tic­i­pated,” Scios­cia said. “No doubt, there’s a level of con­cern. Collin is one of those guys you don’t re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate un­til he’s not there. He does so many things for us.”


The An­gels added an­other strong-armed rookie to the bullpen when they called up 22-year-old right-han­der Trevor Gott, who was ac­quired from San Diego in last July’s deal for Street. Gott had a com­bined ERA of 2.25 in 25 games for dou­ble-A Arkansas and triple-A Salt Lake, strik­ing out 30 and walk­ing 12 in 28 innings. His fast­ball has jumped from the 93-mph range last sum­mer to the 96-mph range, and he has good com­mand of a curve.


Right-han­der Matt Shoe­maker (4-4, 4.86 ERA) will op­pose Oak­land right-han­der Sonny Gray (7-3, 1.74) at An­gel Sta­dium on Sun­day at 12:30 p.m. TV: FS West; Ra­dio: 830.

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