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.