KEY MOMENT: With the score tied, 3-3, Matt Joyce walked to open the seventh inning and took third on C.J. Cron's hit-and-run single through a vacated second-base hole. Chris Iannetta struck out, but No. 9 hitter Johnny Giavotella lined a run-scoring to center for a 4-3 lead. Kole Calhoun walked, and Mike Trout ripped a two-run double to left off Evan Scribner to make it 6-3.
AT THE PLATE:Erick Aybar stroked an 0-and-2 pitch to left-center field for a two-out, two-run single in the first. Trout crushed a 454-foot homer to left in the third off Oakland starter Jesse Hahn.
ON THE MOUND: Matt Shoemaker rebounded from a three-inning, five-run start against Oakland on April 20 to allow three runs and six hits in 52/3 innings. Left-hander Cesar Ramos gave up a score-tying RBI single to Josh Reddick in the sixth. Fernando Salas escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh, Joe Smith retired the side in order in the eighth, and Huston Street struck out two of three batters in the ninth for his eighth save.
DÉTENTE REACHED?Josh Hamilton, traded to Texas after his substance-abuse relapse triggered an ugly dispute with the Angels, defused tensions with his former club by ignoring Manager Mike Scioscia's criticism that the outfielder did not apologize to Angels teammates during Monday's news conference. “It doesn't matter what he said. It's of no importance. I'm not there anymore,” Hamilton told reporters in Surprise, Ariz.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Garrett Richards (1-1, 3.75 ERA) will oppose Athletics right-hander Jesse Chavez (0-1, 0.71 ERA) at Oakland Coliseum on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830.
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