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Johnny Giavotella, Kole Calhoun give Angels edge against Athletics

Johnny Giavotella, Kole Calhoun give Angels edge against Athletics
Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella, right, is greeted at home plate by teammates C.J. Cron, left, and Chris Iannetta after hitting a 3-run home run during a 14-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on Tuesday. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

KEY MOMENT: It appeared C.J. Cron had grounded into a double play to end the second inning, but a replay review indicated Cron had beaten the relay throw to first. The next five batters reached base, with the Angels scoring four times — three on a home run by Johnny Giavotella, one on an error by shortstop Marcus Semien. Instead of a scoreless tie after two innings, the Angels led 4-0 and never looked back.

AT THE PLATE: Giavotella drove in a career-high four runs, and Kole Calhoun homered and tied a career high with four hits. The Angels bunched their scoring — four in the second inning, six in the sixth, four in the seventh — and collected 15 hits. Taylor Featherston had his first major league run batted in with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

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ON THE MOUND: Angels starter Hector Santiago gave up one run in six innings, with eight strikeouts, and lowered his earned-run average to 2.45. Oakland first baseman Ike Davis worked the eighth inning and retired the Angels in order, on three ground balls. Davis was the first position player to pitch for the A's in 15 years. Mike Scioscia has managed the Angels for 15 years and never used a position player to pitch.

EXTRA BASES: Jered Weaver, who starts Wednesday for the Angels, has a 6.61 earned-run average in 161/3 innings this season. The only American League pitcher to throw more innings with a higher ERA, entering play Tuesday: Rick Porcello (6.63), whom the Boston Red Sox signed this month to a four-year, $82.5-million contract extension. … The Angels, in need of a fresh bullpen arm, recalled right-hander Cam Bedrosian from triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday and optioned first baseman-outfielder Efren Navarro there. … Salt Lake third baseman Kyle Kubitza is batting .397, with nine doubles in 13 games. Kubitza could replace David Freese as the Angels' third baseman next season.

UP NEXT: Weaver (0-2, 6.61 ERA) faces the Athletics' Sonny Gray (1-0, 2.11) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Angel Stadium. TV: Channel 13; Radio: 830, 1330.

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