OAKLAND -- A successful return to the rotation by
Richards gave up three hits in five scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but a bullpen that suffered its second blown save in five games couldn’t hold on, and the Angels fell 12 games behind the
Downs, who entered with a 2-2 record and 1.24 earned-run average in 43 appearances, had not been charged with a run in 29 consecutive outings dating to a May 1 game in Oakland, but that streak, which fell one shy of
Downs struck out
Richards, who replaced struggling right-hander Joe Blanton in the rotation, made his first start since April 30, when he was rocked for seven runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 10-6 loss in Oakland and was subsequently moved back to the bullpen.
This start went a little bit better, with Richards striking out four and walking two in a 78-pitch performance that was backed by some solid defense.
With two on and one out in the second inning, left fielder
Kendrick also made a nice play with one on and one out in the fourth inning, diving to his left to smother
The Angels scored their only run in the second inning when
But that was the only run surrendered by Milone, who gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four in seven innings to improve to 9-8.