Erick Aybar steals a run, Gordon Beckham homers in 2-0 Angels’ win

Erick Aybar
Erick Aybar is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a run against Oakland in the second inning. The Angels beat the Athletics, 2-0.
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KEY MOMENT: Oakland loaded the bases off setup man Joe Smith in the eighth when Eric Sogard singled and Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss walked with two outs. But Smith got Stephen Vogt to fly to right to snuff out the rally.

AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar stole a run in the second when he singled, swiped second on a delayed steal, took third on Geovany Soto’s throwing error and scored when Soto threw to second on Efren Navarro’s stolen-base attempt. Gordon Beckham, who probably has won a spot on the playoff roster, led off the sixth with a homer off A’s starter Sonny Gray.

ON THE MOUND: Jason Grilli replaced starter Wade LeBlanc with one on in the sixth and struck out Donaldson, hit Moss with a pitch and struck out Vogt. Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless seventh, and Huston Street retired the side in order in the ninth for his 16th save with the Angels and 40th of the season.

IN THE FIELD: With a runner on third and two outs in the fifth, Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick charged Sogard’s bunt, made a bare-hand grab and off-balance throw to first for the out to preserve a 1-0 lead.


REHAB REPORT: Josh Hamilton, who has missed 17 of 18 games because of right shoulder, chest and rib-cage injuries, hit off a tee again Tuesday but probably won’t return until this weekend. … Matt Shoemaker (left rib-cage strain) played catch for the second straight day Tuesday and “is definitely making progress,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.

OUT SICK: Ace Jered Weaver missed Monday’s game because of flu-like symptoms and returned to the team hotel before batting practice Tuesday. Scioscia said the Angels could push Weaver’s next start to Saturday. Weaver would still be in line to start Game 1 of the division series Oct. 2.

FREESE FRAME: David Freese, who is batting .339 (21 for 62) with four home runs, five doubles and 14 RBIs in his last 18 games, sat out Tuesday because of upper back stiffness, but he said the injury is not serious.

THE KID ON THE KID: Former star Ken Griffey Jr. and an MLB film crew talked to Angels star Mike Trout for a special that will appear on Fox Sports 1 on Oct. 9.


UP NEXT: Left-hander Hector Santiago (5-9, 3.98 ERA) will oppose Oakland left-hander Jon Lester (16-10, 2.41 ERA) at the Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830 AM.