Athletics vs. Angels: Los Angeles Blanks Oakland 4-0 to Split Series

The A's are in Southern California for their first 2012 series against their division rival Angels. They blanked the Angels in the first game and will try to sweep on Tuesday.

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Athletics Vs Angels: Los Angeles Blanks Oakland 4-0 to Split Series

Angels starter Ervin Santana gave up four hits, no runs, and struck out nine batters in 7 and 2/3 innings of work and Los Angeles cruised to a 4-0 win over the A's as Oakland continued to struggle generating offense. Tuesday night's game marked the fifth time the A's have been shut out this season, second only in the majors to the Angels, interestingly enough.

Santana was masterful, retiring 16 straight batters at one point, and 38-year old A's starter Bartolo Colon gave up four runs on 12 hits through 6 and 2/3 innings for the Athletics. Colon walked no batters and struck out three, but never had a chance for the win column with the A's lack of offense.

For the Angels, Mike Trout went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and the $240 million dollar man, Albert Pujols, pushed his batting average to .212 with a 3 for 4 outing at the plate, though his three hits came on infield singles. The A's loaded the bases in the sixth, but failed to push any runners through, ultimately ending the game 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

The teams split the 2-game series.

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Athletics Vs. Angels, Game 1 Final Score: Oakland Blanks Los Angeles, 5-0

The Oakland Athletics were hoping to get their road trip started on the right foot and they did just that on Monday night, shutting out the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium by a final score of 5-0.

The A's got on the board with a two-out solo homer by Josh Reddick in the top of the first inning and never looked back. It was Reddick's ninth home run of the season.

In the fourth inning, Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Seth Smith. Smith picked up some RBI of his own with a two-run double in the top of the fifth. The final Oakland run came in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki.

Tyson Ross was terrific for Oakland while picking up his second win of the year, limiting the Angels to five hits and a walk in six innings. Both teams finished with eight hits, but all of the Angels hits were singles. What's more, the A's drew six walks, compared to just one from Los Angeles batters.

The A's will attempt to sweep the two-game series on Tuesday. Oakland is now 19-17 and is just four games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West.

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Athletics Vs. Angels Series Preview: Will Los Angeles' Early-Season Struggles Continue?

The A's will head to Southern California for their first 2012 series against their division rival Angels. They will try to take advantage of a Los Angeles team that is struggling.

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