OAKLAND -- Center fielder Mike Trout was blinded by the light Sunday, losing two fly balls in the sun that dropped for run-scoring hits in the Oakland Athletics' 10-6 come-from-behind victory over the Angels in the Oakland Coliseum.
"Those are things you can't control," Trout said after the Angels blew leads of 5-0 in the second inning and 6-5 in the sixth to fall 13 games behind the first-place A's in the American League West. "You can't catch what you can't see."
The Angels scored four runs in the first inning on run-scoring singles by Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo and a two-run single by Alberto Callaspo. Erick Aybar tripled and scored on Kendrick's groundout in the second.
But Angels starter Tommy Hanson lost his release point in a three-run third inning, walking three batters and giving up a run-scoring double to Eric Sogard and a two-run double to Yoenis Cespedes. Coco Crisp walked to open the fifth and scored on Brandon Moss' groundout to make it 5-4.
Cespedes followed with a towering fly to shallow right-center field that Trout appeared to have a bead on but lost in the sun. The ball dropped for a run-scoring single and a 5-5 tie.
"I got to the spot and saw it mostly the whole way," Trout said. "Every step I took to find it, it would go right back in the sun."
Aybar's run-scoring double gave the Angels a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning, but Seth Smith led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk, and Stephen Vogt lofted a fly ball to left-center field that Trout, who was shaded toward right-center field, had trouble tracking.
The ball dropped between Trout and left fielder Josh Hamilton, who clipped each other and fell to the ground, for a run-scoring double and a 6-6 tie. Sogard's run-scoring single, Jed Lowrie's run-scoring double, Moss' run-scoring single and Cespedes' run-scoring double turned the game into a rout.
"I got a late jump," Trout said. "It was one of those plays where we both looked at each other, and it fell. A little miscommunication cost us. We got to a spot, and he thought I was camped under it."
Blame the sun, Manager Mike Scioscia said.
"Sometimes that sun makes you tentative in your actions," Scioscia said. "You have to wait for it to clear, it's tough to go hard, and it will create more of that indecision when two fielders are coming in at the same time."
With temperatures expected to approach 100 degrees in Arlington, Texas, Angels ace Jered Weaver, who will oppose Rangers right-hander Matt Garza on Monday night, said he will repeat an unusual pregame routine that worked well for him in Arlington last July 30.
Weaver took two bags of intravenous fluids and warmed up on an indoor mound before giving up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 6-2 victory. The right-hander began that game with a 2-7 record and 5.21 earned-run average in 14 starts at Texas.
"Humidity is my kryptonite," said Weaver, who is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last six starts. "That bullpen in Texas is one of the hottest in the league. Warming up inside definitely helped. You're not all sweaty and worn out by the time you get through with your bullpen."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times