Angels 12, Oakland 7
AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored in the second inning when Johnny Giavotella capped a 10-pitch at-bat with an RBI double, and Giavotella added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. The Angels, who banged out 11 hits, didn’t stop after their eight-run rally in the seventh, tacking on two runs in the ninth on doubles by Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Efren Navarro got his second career start in the leadoff spot and doubled to right in the third.
ON THE MOUND: Matt Shoemaker, who had a 3.12 earned-run average in his previous four games, had a rough night, allowing five runs and eight hits, including Ben Zobrist’s three-run homer in the first, in four innings. But the Angels’ comeback took the right-hander off the hook, and four Angels relievers, Fernando Salas, Trevor Gott, Joe Smith and Cesar Ramos, combined for 31⁄ scoreless
3 innings. A’s right-hander Sonny Gray had his worst start of the season, allowing five earned runs and five hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two.
IN THE FIELD: Second baseman Taylor Featherston dived to his right to stop Zobrist’s grounder and threw to first for the out, and left fielder Daniel Robertson closed the game with a diving catch of Josh Reddick’s fly ball. Gray, in self-defense, caught Matt Joyce’s vicious fourth-inning line drive just before it was about to hit his face.
YARD WORK: Jered Weaver has given up an American League-leading 16 homers in 14 games entering Saturday’s start and is on pace to far surpass the 27 homers he allowed in 2014. “I’ve got to keep the ball in the yard — that’s been my nemesis this year,” Weaver said. “I think [my pitches] are a little flat. Maybe I’m throwing too many off-speed pitches. I don’t know. It’s frustrating. I’ve had too much success over the years to have something like this happen.”
UP NEXT: Weaver (4-7, 4.65 ERA) will oppose Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn (4-5, 3.62) at the Oakland Coliseum at 1 p.m. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.