Jered Weaver struggles in Angels’ 6-2 loss to Oakland Athletics

Mike Trout

Angels’ Mike Trout walks back to the dugout after striking out during the Angels’ 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

KEY MOMENT: After the A’s loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Angels starter Jered Weaver hung a first-pitch curveball to Josh Reddick, who smacked a tying two-run single to right field, and grooved a first-pitch fastball, middle in, to Brett Lawrie, who crushed a three-run homer to left. The five-run rally helped Oakland end a four-game losing streak.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored twice off Oakland starter Sonny Gray in the top of the first. Kole Calhoun walked and took third on Albert Pujols’ single, Pujols took second on a wild pitch, and both runners scored on David Freese’s single to center. But Gray blanked the Angels on four hits from the second through eighth innings to improve to 3-0 with a 1.98 earned-run average this season and 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA in eight career games against the Angels. The Angels have scored three runs or less in 12 of 20 games.

ON THE MOUND: Weaver pitched into the seventh for the first time this year and has gone three games without a walk, the longest stretch in his career. But a brutal first inning dropped the right-hander to 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA and left him winless after five starts for the first time in his career.

EXTRA BASES: Reliever Cam Bedrosian was optioned to triple A after the game, and right-hander Matt Shoemaker was activated off the bereavement list. . . . Catcher Chris Iannetta suffered a cut on a finger on his throwing hand Sunday and did not play Tuesday night..


UP NEXT: Shoemaker (2-1, 6.46 ERA) will oppose A’s right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.12 ERA) at Coliseum Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.


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