ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - For the second straight outing, Guillermo Moscoso pitched well enough to win and didn't because his teammates couldn't supply much offense.
The Oakland Athletics lost 4-2 to journeyman Jerome Williams and the desperate Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night after Moscoso allowed just one hit over the first five innings. Last Sunday, the 27-year-old right-hander held Detroit to just one hit over six innings - a solo homer by Austin Jackson in a 3-0 loss at Oakland.
``It's definitely frustrating because you want to help out your pitcher, especially when he's throwing that well,' A's third baseman Scott Sizemore said. ``He's doing everything he needs to do, but we just haven't been able to back him up. We don't have a chance to make the playoffs, but you still have to go out there and try your best to win every ballgame.'
Moscoso (8-10) was charged with four runs - three earned - and five hits in seven innings. Torii Hunter's RBI single in the first was the Angels' only hit until the sixth, when Erick Aybar bunted his way on with one out and got to second after Howie Kendrick hit a liner off Moscoso's right hip and was thrown out by the pitcher.
Bobby Abreu followed with a seeing-eye ground single into right field that snapped a 1-all tie, and Hunter made it 4-1 two pitches later with his 23rd homer and second in two nights.
Hideki Matsui, who has spent the majority of the season as Oakland's designated hitter, made his 26th start in left field and committed a two-base error that enabled his former club take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Aybar led off with a pop fly down the line, and Matsui overran the ball into foul territory while trying to avoid a collision with shortstop Erik Sogard. The ball landed just inside the chalk beyond Matsui's outstretched left arm, and Aybar ended up at second. The error was Matsui's first since May 8, 2008, when he misplayed a single by Detroit's Ryan Raburn that allowed him to take an extra base in a game against the Yankees at Comerica Park.
The A's scored their first run when Williams gave up singles to his first three batters in the fifth, including an opposite-field hit to left by Weeks that drove in Sizemore.
Hunter capitalized on the miscue with an opposite-field RBI single. It was the 11th unearned run charged to Moscoso and the 82nd against the Athletics' staff, the most since they gave up 83 in 2000. As a team, the A's have an AL-worst 124 errors - their highest total since 2001 (125). The last time they led the league in that department was 1998 with 141.
Matsui hit what should have been an inning-ending double-play grounder to second base in the fifth, but first base umpire Ron Kulpa got the call wrong after the relay throw from shortstop Aybar beat the runner. TV replays confirmed that Matsui was out, but the Angels survived the bad break as Josh Willingham flied out with a runner at third.
Williams (4-0) allowed a run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out two and walked two. It's the first time the 29-year-old right-hander has won four consecutive decisions since a 5-0 stretch in 2003 as a rookie with the San Francisco Giants, who selected him in the first round of the 1999 draft.
Williams did not pitch in the majors the previous three seasons after going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts with Washington in 2007. This was his sixth start with the Angels.
``He's got pretty good command with everything he tries to do,' Sizemore said. ``He doesn't give in to hitters and always tries to make a quality pitch. And if you're not really focused, you're going to swing and get yourself out. He does a really good job of making you hit his pitch.'
Rookie Jordan Walden followed Hisanori Takahashi and Scott Downs out of the bullpen, and finished up for his 32nd save after giving up Jemile Weeks' second RBI single of the game.
The Angels, who were eliminated from the AL West race on Friday night with Jered Weaver's 3-1 loss to Gio Gonzalez, are 2 1/2 games behind Boston and one behind Tampa Bay for the wild card with four games remaining. The Red Sox lost 9-1 at New York and Tampa Bay beat Toronto 6-2.
The Angels finish the season with three games at home against the Rangers. Boston will be at Baltimore for three after concluding their series at New York with a day-night doubleheader, and Tampa Bay finishes up with a three-game set against the Yankees at home.
``We need some help. But the bottom line is, we need to win games,' manager Mike Scioscia said. ``We want that help to come, but we need to be in a position where we can take advantage of it. All we can control is how we play the game, and then we'll see where we are on Wednesday.'
NOTES: Oakland SS Cliff Pennington was a late scratch for precautionary reasons after experiencing some tightness in his left oblique muscle. ... A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Joe Rudi, who played four seasons for the Angels and helped them win their first division title in 1979 after spending his first 10 big league seasons with the Athletics - including their final year in Kansas City. ... When Moscoso fanned Kendrick in the first inning, it was the 1,125th strikeout by the A's staff and broke the previous modern-day (since 1901) franchise record that was set in 2009.
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