ANAHEIM -- The Oakland Athletics have run their winning streak up to seven games. With an 11-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday night, the A's have outscored their opponents 57-23 over the last seven games.
It is early, but Oakland will have been in first place for the last five days after only spending one day in first place last season.
The lopsided victory was encouraging for the A's after finding out that second baseman Scott Sizemore will be lost for the season with a second torn ACL.
At the Plate
The A's have scored six or more runs over their last seven games. Their 11 runs on Wednesday is the most they've scored in a game this season. The A's can thank Brandon Moss for nine of the 20 runs they've scored over the last two games.
The A's first baseman drove in four runs on Tuesday and five more on Wednesday. He finished the day 3 for 5 and a double away from the cycle.
Coco Crisp may not have extended his streak of games with a home run to five, but he did help get the A's scoring started. Crisp started the game with a single, stole second, then advanced to third and scored on back-to-back groundouts. He didn't homer like legendary A's leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson, but he did score a "Rickey Run."
The A's rallied for three runs in the third inning. Eric Sogard led off with a single and advanced to second base on a ball that was bobbled by Angels' right fielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton misplaying a ball against the A's -- sound familiar? Sogard scored when John Jaso drove him home with a single.
Jaso has been a major pest in his career against the Angels. He has 22 RBI versus them in his career, the most he has against any other team. The rally was punctuated by a Moss' two-run triple down the right field line. It was the first time that Moss has hit a triple since 2009.
Oakland scored five runs and sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth inning. The A's loaded the bases with a single and two walks. That brought Yoenis Cespedes to the plate with one out and no where to put him. Mark Lowe found a place for him anyway. Cespedes drew a walk and made it a 6-4 game. New pitcher, same result. Dane De La Rosa entered the game and walked Moss with the bases loaded to make it 7-4. Seth Smith followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 9-4.
Smith also hit a double in the second and fourth innings. He ended up being stranded on the basepaths both times. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances.
Josh Donaldson made it an even 10 runs for the A's with an RBI single up the middle. Moss hit an RBI single in the seventh to give the A's 11 runs.
Starting Pitching Report
Tommy Milone wasn't as accurate as he'd like to be on Wednesday against the Angels. He walked three batters and allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings. Even if he was a little off on Wednesday, it didn't matter. With the A's offensive output, Milone earned his second win of the season.
Milone allowed a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to Hamilton. He pitched his way out of a jam in the second inning, allowed a run in the third and two in the fifth. His only 1-2-3 inning was the fourth when he was helped out by a double play.
The most interesting inning for the A's starter was the fifth frame. He walked Albert Callaspo to start the inning and then allowed Albert Pujols' 1,000th career extra-base hit, a ground-rule double. With runners on second and third and no outs, Milone struck out Hamilton. He fell behind Mark Trumbo 3-0, then battled back to get him swinging on a high fastball. He wasn't out of the woods yet, as Howie Kendrick hit a two-run single to bring the Angels within one run of the A's.
It wasn't his best start, but he did enough to help his team win and that's all that matters.
Chris Resop pitched yet another scoreless inning. He hasn't allowed a run in five innings this season and didn't allow a run all spring. Jerry Blevins followed with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Pat Neshek allowed a run in one inning of work. Evan Scribner pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
In the Field
Donaldson made two standout defensive plays at the hot corner. He robbed Mike Trout of a hit in the first inning and stopped Alberto Callaspo from reaching base in the third. Donaldson got an assist on his diving play to rob Callaspo when Moss picked the ball cleanly on a hop. Not bad glove work from a converted catcher and a converted outfielder.
Jed Lowrie was charged with his second error in as many days. He made up for it by turning a glove-flip double play with Sogard to help Milone in the fourth inning.
The Angels announced an attendance of 36,011.
A.J. Griffin (1-0, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound for the A's. He will be opposed by Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.59 ERA). Griffin is 1-0 in his career against the Angels. Vargas was 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA against the A's last season. Vargas, a left-handed pitcher, was one of the Angels big pitching acquisitions this offseason. He was acquired from Seattle in exchange for Kendrys Morales.