Melvin blames fastball command for Straily's rough start
Dan Straily 'lacked a little bit of control with his fastball' in Thursday's 8-3 loss to the Angels, according to A's manager Bob Melvin. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- The A's post-All Star break funk continued Friday night as they dropped their fourth game in seven days, their third in four games to the Los Angeles Angels.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson continued his season-long mastery of the A's with the 8-3 victory as the left-hander improved to 3-0 in four starts against Oakland in 2013, 11-6 overall.
The A's, who led 2-1 after the fourth inning, fell apart in the fifth and sixth innings, surrendering four and three runs, respectively.
The Angels became the first opposing team to score at least eight runs in Oakland since…the Angels, back in that epic 19-inning game on April 29.
Still, the A's (59-43) remained three games ahead of Texas, which fell to the New York Yankees, in the American League West, while the Angels, along with Seattle, pulled to within 10 games of Oakland.
Starting pitching report
Dan Straily ran into all sorts of ugly in the fifth inning, when he was chased after giving up four runs and four hits. His final line -- five runs and seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks with a wild pitch and a hit batter -- belied his recent run of success. The rookie right-hander took the loss to fall to 6-4, his second straight to the Angels, after winning five straight decisions.
Jesse Chavez was rocked for three runs and four hits in 2/3 of an inning, uncorking a wild pitch and striking one out one. Dan Otero was better, throwing three scoreless innings with one hit allowed and a strikeout. Pat Neshek authored a clean ninth inning.
At the plate
Derek Norris hit his sixth home run of the season, taking C.J. Wilson deep with two out in the sixth inning on the first pitch Wilson threw in the at-bat. Norris had two RBI on the night as his fourth-inning single to left drove in Chris Young, who had doubled, to tie the game at 1-1. The A's first run came on a Wilson wild pitch with Young at the plate, allowing Yoenis Cespedes to score.
In the field
Not much to see here, although…right-fielder Josh Reddick showed off his Gold Glove in the fateful fifth inning when he tracked down Mike Trout's drive, catching it on the run and fully extended. Sure, a run scored on the sacrifice fly, but the catch saved one other.
The A's announced a crowd of 20,468 at the O.co Coliseum, and they heard quality music -- Malo's "Suavecito," anyone? -- during batting practice on CAPCOM Throwback Thursday.
Tweet o' da game
#Athletics still in major funk! This series will define second half for the. And it aint looking good -- @raiderjmb
Bartolo Colon (13-3, 2.52 ERA) raised a few hackles in the Angels' clubhouse Sunday after his four-hit shutout in Anaheim, especially in the wake of last season's 50-game suspension for elevated levels of testosterone. So what will the 40-year-old right-hander do for an encore? Colon is 10-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his last 13 starts and is 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA against the American League West. In 22 career appearances against the Angels, Colon is 11-6 with a 3.17 ERA. Jerome Williams (5-6, 4.73) was the losing pitcher in Sunday's game, falling to 3-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 12 career games, eight starts, against the A's.