Angels manage only four hits in 9-2 loss to A's

Angels starter Jered Weaver has best outing of the season but it's wasted in a 9-2 loss at Oakland

KEY MOMENT: With two outs in the seventh, and the game tied 1-1, Cesar Ramos and Vinnie Pestano combined to give up an RBI single, a run-scoring wild pitch, a two-run home run and an RBI infield single. The Athletics scored five runs in the inning, and the Angels' bullpen ERA dropped from eighth in the majors to 19th.

AT THE PLATE: After a 14-run explosion Tuesday, the Angels' bats took a nap. They mustered only four hits and were hitless from the fourth inning until the ninth.

ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver enjoyed his best start of the season. He gave up eight hits and struck out only three but limited the damage, partially because he didn't walk any batters. He gave up one run in six innings despite a fastball that never topped 86 mph. After a rough start to the season, he has pitched 12 innings and given up three runs in his last two starts.

HAMILTON UPDATE: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said there aren't any mixed signals between him and the front office regarding the schedule for Josh Hamilton's return. On Tuesday, Scioscia said Hamilton would report to the team's training facility in Arizona this week. General Manager Jerry Dipoto later disputed that timetable. On Wednesday, Scioscia said Hamilton is on track to report to Arizona soon, but the exact date is still unknown.

WILSON FEELS STIFFNESS: Right-hander C.J. Wilson felt stiffness in his elbow after his most recent start against Houston, so the team has bumped his start back from Thursday to Saturday as a precaution. In his place, Nick Tropeano will start against the Athletics. Tropeano was called up Wednesday to replace right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who went on the bereavement list after the death of his grandfather.

EXTRA BASES: The Angels claimed outfielder Gary Brown off waivers. He replaces Cory Rasmus, who was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Tropeano (0-0, 0.00) will take on another pitcher making his first 2015 start, Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez (0-0, 0.00) on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Angel Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830, 1330.

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