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Garrett Richards sharp, Scott Downs is not in Angels' 3-1 loss to A's
Garrett Richards sharp, Scott Downs is not in Angels' 3-1 loss to A's

OAKLAND -- A successful return to the rotation by Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on Saturday was marred by a rare meltdown by reliever Scott Downs, who gave up a pinch-hit, two-run home run to Derek Norris in the seventh inning of a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. 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 American League West Division-leading A’s, matching their largest deficit of the season. Downs, who entered with a 2-2 record and 1.24 earned-run average in 43 appearances, had not been charged...

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