OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A five-run lead wasted. Two misplayed balls by center fielder Mike Trout that allowed a pair of runs to score. A career-high five walks by starting pitcher Tommy Hanson.
None of that was even close to the worst bit of news to hit manager Mike Scioscia's club.
Off to a terrible start on a critical seven-game road trip against a pair of division opponents, the Los Angeles Angels learned Sunday they will be without Albert Pujols for the next few weeks and possibly the remainder of the season due to a tear in his left foot.
That was an emphatic stamp on what has already been a disappointing and frustrating season for the Angels, who dropped 13 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West following a 10-6 loss to the Athletics on Sunday.
``We've had some breakdowns on the pitching side, and on the offensive side there has been some non-performance and some guys are hurt,' Scioscia said. ``We need to pick up our game with whatever pieces are out there.'
Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn plantar fascia. Although surgery seems unlikely, Scioscia did not rule out Pujols being sidelined for the remainder of the season.
The news didn't get any better on the field.
Hanson was staked to a five-run lead after two innings but struggled with his command and was gone in the fifth. He struck out five and allowed four hits but walked five - three of which scored.
Trout lost two fly balls in the sun, one in the third and another in the sixth. Both times the miscues enabled the A's to score and extend innings.
``It's tough to pick up the balls off the bat here in general,' Trout said. ``Anything to my right was in the sun. I got a late jump.'
Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs to pace Oakland on his most productive day since winning the Home Run Derby. He snapped an 0-for-13 funk with a two-run double in the third inning, added an RBI single in the fifth and then doubled in Josh Donaldson as part of a five-run sixth.
Eric Sogard added three hits and two RBIs, and Brandon Moss also drove in a pair of runs. The A's (62-43) moved a season-high 19 games over .500 and extended their lead to six games over second-place Texas.
Erick Aybar doubled and tripled for Los Angeles, which fell to 4-6 since the All-Star break.
The Angels jumped on Oakland starter Jarrod Parker early when they scored four times and sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning. Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo both drove in runs, and Alberto Callaspo added a two-run single.
After Aybar tripled leading off the second, Kendrick hit into a fielder's choice to make it 5-0.
That was as good as it got for the Angels, who managed just two hits over the final seven innings.
Oakland scored three times in the third and then added two in the fifth when Trout lost Cespedes' towering popup in the sun. The ball fell between Trout and right fielder Kole Calhoun as Moss scored from first with the tying run.
Trout had more fielding problems in the sixth after the Angels went up 6-5 on Aybar's double.
Stephen Vogt hit a sinking fly to center that bounced in front of Trout just as he nearly collided with Josh Hamilton racing over from left field. The ball landed in front of the two outfielders and rolled to the warning track as both players fell to the turf. Seth Smith scored on the play to tie it 6-all.
Sogard followed with a single off reliever J.C. Gutierrez (0-2) to drive in Vogt with the go-ahead run, then scored on Jed Lowrie's RBI double to give the A's an 8-6 lead. Moss and Cespedes also had RBIs in the inning.
Jesse Chavez (2-2) pitched two innings for the win.
NOTES: Angels RHP Billy Buckner, designated for assignment Thursday, cleared waivers and reported to Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Los Angeles RHP Jered Weaver (5-5) pitches the series opener against Texas on Monday. He has not allowed a run over his last two starts. ... Trumbo has 11 hits in his last 24 at_bats (.458). ... Angels pitchers issued seven walks for the seventh time this season.
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