KEY MOMENT: Angels reliever Joe Smith sailed a two-out pitch to the backstop, allowing Coco Crisp to score the winning run from third in the eighth inning. Crisp had greeted Smith with a single to center and worked his way to third on a pair of groundouts.
AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar extended his hitting streak to eight games with a seventh-inning single — the second of his two hits — to score Howie Kendrick, who also had two hits. The Angels' Mike Trout, who had homered in his last five games in Oakland, struck out in his first three at-bats against Oakland starter Jon Lester and is seven for 36 (.194) on the road trip. David Freese's seventh-inning single gave him hits in 17 of his last 19 games.
ON THE MOUND: The A's Jon Lester recovered from a slow start to retire 10 batters in a row at one point, a streak the Angels ended with three consecutive hits and a run in the seventh. The Angels' C.J. Wilson also got off to a rocky start, giving up four hits and a run to the first eight batters. But he allowed just one more hit before leaving in the seventh. Oakland closer Sean Doolittle, who was shaky in Friday's series opener, got the final three outs for his 20th save.
EXTRA BASES: Gordon Beckham, acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, joined the Angels on Saturday and was immediately inserted into the lineup at third base. To create a roster spot for him, the team optioned right-hander Cam Bedrosian to the minors…. LHP Hector Santiago, who left Friday's game two batters after taking a liner off his hand, said he was fine Saturday.... Infielder Grant Green, out a month with a lumbar strain, began a rehab assignment Saturday with triple-A Salt Lake.
UP NEXT: Former Angel Scott Kazmir (14-5, 2.73 ERA) has already set a career high for victories, and Sunday he can become the American League's first 15-game winner. The left-hander has been especially tough at home, where he's won eight of 10 decisions with a 2.28 ERA. But he's strug- gled in August, losing two of four starts and allowing 13 runs in 252/3innings. Angels starter Jered Weaver (13-7, 3.70) has won five of his last six decisions, but he hasn't looked like the ace the Angels now need, getting an out beyond the seventh inning just once during that span. And he's been ever worse against the A's, going 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA. Oakland is hitting .354 against him. On the air: TV: ESPN. Radio: 830.