ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 19: Jonny Gomes #31 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates his run with Kurt Suzuki #8 to take a 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 19, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Athletics Vs. Angels: Oakland Wins Series With Unorthodox 4-2 Victory

The Oakland Athletics took three of four games from the Los Angeles Angels in Southern California. The Angels now remain in the cellar in the AL West.

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Athletics Vs. Angels, Game 4 Final Score: Oakland Steals A 4-2 Win

The Oakland Athletics played the final game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. One night after a one-of-a-kind pitching performance by Bartolo Colon, the A's took the field behind new lefty phenom Tom Milone. Thanks in large part to shoddy Los Angeles defense, Oakland took the series, three games to one, with a 4-2 win.

Oakland knew they would have their work cut out for them on Thursday, as they went up against dominating left-hander C.J. Wilson. The A's were able to get Milone an early lead, as Seth Smith drew a two-out walk in the top of the second inning and scored on a Kurt Suzuki double.

In the fourth inning, Yoenis Cespedes and Jonny Gomes drew back-to-back walks to start the frame. Smith then reached on a throwing error by Wilson that also allowed both baserunners to score and put Smith in scoring position, putting Oakland up 3-0. Kila Ka`aihue singled in Smith to stretch the lead to 4-0.

The A's saw their lead cut in half in the bottom of the frame, on an RBI double by Vernon Wells and a Mark Trumbo single that brought Wells home.

Fautino De Los Santos came out to pitch for Oakland in the bottom of the sixth and gave up a leadoff walk and a single. De Los Santos was then lifted for Jordan Norberto, who got a one-pitch groundout that was unable to score the runner. Norbetro then struck out Peter Bourjos and got a second groundout to end the inning.

Tom Milone went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Grant Balfour picked up his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.

Despite only picking up three hits in the game, the A's handed Wilson his first loss of the season, thanks to his costly throwing error.

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Athletics Vs. Angels, Game 3 Final Score: Bartolo Colon, Yoenis Cespedes Lead Oakland To 6-0 Win

After Wednesday night's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels, Bartolo Colon is now tied with Roy Halladay for the MLB lead in wins. Colon was once again fantastic, improving his record to 3-0 with eight shutout innings in a 6-0 Oakland victory.

The A's at least assured themselves a split in the four-game series following back-to-back wins on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bulk of the damage was done in the top of the first inning, when Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer -- his fourth of the year -- off of Angels starter Ervin Santana. The Athletics would add another run in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run from Jonny Gomes. The final two Oakland runs came in the top of the ninth inning, via a Jemile Weeks RBI double and a bases-loaded walk by Gomes as the A's once again took advantage of the weak Angels bullpen.

Colo went eight innings, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out five. He combined with Faytino De Los Santos for the shutout. Oakland's 1-2-3 hitters of Weeks, Cliff Pennington and Josh Reddick each had two hits in the game.

Oakland improves to 6-7 and will go for the series win -- and .500 -- on Thursday night.

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Athletics Vs. Angels, Game 2 Final Score: Oakland Rallies Back For 5-3 Win

The Oakland Athletics were able to even their away series against the Los Angeles Angels at 1-1 on Tuesday night, taking advantage of a weak bullpen for a four-run eighth inning and an eventual 5-3 victory.

The A's got on the board first with a Daric Barton solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. The blast was Barton's first home run since 2010. The Angels would tie things up in the bottom of the frame, as Vernon Wells scored on a groundout.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Angels took a 2-1 lead when Torii Hunter singled home Kendrys Morales. Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren left the game in the top of the seventh inning with the lead, but the A's would pick apart the bullpen in the top of the eighth inning.

Kevin Jepsen started the eighth inning for the Angels, striking out Josh Donaldson looking before walking back-to-back batters. Coco Crisp then hit an RBI single and Josh Reddick followed that up with an RBI double to give the A's a 3-2 lead. Angels manage Mike Scioscia brought in David Carpenter to limit the damage, but the first batter he faced -- Yoenis Cespedes -- hit a single to drive in Crisp and Reddick and extend the Oakland lead to 5-2.

The Angels would get a run back in the bottom of the ninth on a solo Wells homer, but Grant Balfour was able to retire the side to secure his fourth save of the season and the Oakland win. The A's are now 5-7 and stay a half-game ahead of the Angels.

Reddick was 3-for-4 in the game and Cespedes was 2-for-4. Tyson Ross did well in his season debut, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and no walks over six innings.

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Athletics Vs. Angels Final Score: Jered Weaver Shuts Out Oakland, 6-0

The Oakland Athletics visited the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night to kick off a four-game series. The A's were hoping to take advantage of the Angels' struggles to begin the 2012 season, but unfortunately ran into Jered Weaver at the top of his game.

The Angels started off the scoring right away in the bottom of the first inning, as Kendrys Morales hit his first home run of the year, a three-run blast that would provide all the offense the Angels would need.

The score would remain 3-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning, when back-to-back doubles by Albert Pujols and Morales to start the frame brought an Angels run home. The Angels added added another as Andrew Carignan walked in a run with the bases loaded. On the next batter, Carignan threw a wild pitch to plate yet another run.

The A's threatened to rally in the top of the ninth, as reliever LaTroy Hawkins gave up a couple of infield hits and a two-out walk to load the bases. Jemile Weeks battled, but struck out swinging to end the game.

Weaver pitched 6.2 innings, giving up just five hits and one walk along with six strikeouts, one of which was the 1,000th strikeout of his career. A's starter Brandon McCarthy went seven innings, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits.

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Athletics Vs. Angels Series Preview: Oakland Heads South In Search Of A Winning Series

The Oakland Athletics will head south on Monday to kick off a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. The A's will be trying to stay in front of the Angels in the AL West.

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