OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout has been coming around lately for the Los Angeles Angels. Now, the pitching staff needs to join in.
Trout matched his season high with four RBIs on Tuesday night, yet the Angels were beaten again. Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the Oakland Athletics earned a 10-6 victory.
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6 1/2 hours, the A's had a few problems defensively but looked just fine at the plate while beating Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season.
``The schedule doesn't stop,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``We have to find a way to get leads, hold leads and win ballgames even when you're not as deep as you need to be.'
Getting shortstop Erick Aybar back in the lineup was an important step. Slotted into the leadoff spot after one rehab game, Aybar got on base twice and scored both times.
The top of the Angels' order looked pretty good. Albert Pujols drove in a run and Mark Trumbo hit a solo homer. Josh Hamilton also had a hit, but that's his only one in 12 at_bats during the series.
Los Angeles has lost four straight and six of seven on its current road trip.
``It's going to be nice when we get some of our bullpen arms back,' Scioscia said. ``There's a lot of things that hopefully are going to put us in better positions moving forward.'
Trout's production being one of the key elements. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year has 14 RBIs in his last 13 games after driving in two during the first 13 games.
Trumbo has reached base safely in all but one game, and has at least one hit in 22 of them.
Still, the Angels are 0-5 against Oakland for the first time since 1990. Los Angeles fell to 9-17 overall, the worst start in franchise history.
Unlike Monday's game in which the teams combined to use 16 pitchers, neither manager had to go too deep into the bullpen despite shaky outings from both starters.
Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh inning for Oakland, which has won 13 straight against AL West teams.
Garrett Richards (1-2) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Angels. He walked two and struck out four.
``I've made a couple pitches each game that have kind of been a difference-maker,' Richards said. ``I just didn't give us a chance to win.'
Both teams were sluggish on defense early.
Oakland committed two errors in the third, leading to the Angels' first run. J.B. Shuck reached on an infield single and went to second when third baseman Josh Donaldson threw wildly to first. Aybar's groundout moved Shuck to third and he scored when shortstop Adam Rosales made a throwing error on Trout's grounder.
Los Angeles returned the favor in the fourth.
Cespedes doubled in Smith and went to third when Aybar's throw home bounced past catcher Hank Conger and went to the backstop. Aybar was activated from the disabled list before the game.
Trout put the Angels in front 3-2 with a two-run double in the fourth. Richards, a reliever at the start of the season, couldn't make it hold up.
Trout hit an RBI triple off Evan Scribner in the seventh and scored on Pujols' groundout. Trumbo - whose mammoth home run a night earlier still had Coliseum security guards buzzing 24 hours later - followed with his fifth of the season, a solo shot that cut the gap to 9-6.
NOTES: The Angels placed OF Peter Bourjos (left hamstring strain) on the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Michael Roth to Double-A Arkansas. The team also selected the contract of OF Scott Cousins from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... INF Alberto Callaspo (right calf strain) could come off the DL as early as Thursday. ... Los Angeles RHP Jared Weaver (left elbow) is playing catch every day but there is no timetable for when he'll get back on a mound. ... A pair of lefties square off in the series finale. C.J. Wilson (2-0), who has a career ERA of 3.70 against the A's, pitches for the Angels while Tommy Milone (3-2) goes for Oakland.
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