Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Trevor Cahill threw seven innings and Jack Cust hit a two-run homer as the Oakland Athletics took a 5-2 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a three-game set.
Cahill (9-3) gave up just one unearned run on five hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Athletics, who won the final two games of this set.
Bobby Abreu hit a solo homer while Erick Aybar went 3-for-5 for the Angels, who have dropped six of their last seven. Jered Weaver (8-5) was tagged for five runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings.
The Angels sit in second place in the AL West with a mark of 47-44, 4 1/2 games back of first place Texas, while Oakland is third in the division with a 43-46 record.
Oakland took the lead in the first when Ryan Sweeney hit a two-out double and Suzuki followed with a two-bagger for a 1-0 lead.
The Athletics made it a 3-0 game in the fourth as Suzuki led off with a walk and Cust followed with a blast over the wall in left-center.
The Angels got a run back in the fifth as Kevin Frandsen reached second base thanks to a Cliff Pennington error and came home when Jeff Mathis followed with a single to center to make it a 3-1 game.
Anaheim loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs, but Mike Napoli hit into a 5-2-3 double play and Cory Aldridge struck out to end the threat.
The A’s padded their lead in the bottom of the sixth as Adam Rosales’ two-run single made it a 5-1 contest.
Abreu made it a three-run game in the eighth as he led off the frame with his 10th home run of the season.
Andrew Bailey worked around a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his 18th save of the season.
Oakland starts a three-game set in Kansas City on Friday…The Angels host Seattle for four games starting on Thursday…The Angels have taken seven of the 13 games with Oakland this season.