Another shaky start by Jerome Williams and three throwing errors led to a clunker of a game Sunday for the Angels, who lost to Oakland, 6-0, at Angel Stadium to fall 10 games behind the Athletics in the American League West.
Williams (5-6) was tagged for six runs — four earned — and eight hits in five innings and has given up allowed 21 earned runs and 26 hits in 13 innings of his last four starts, three losses and a no-decision.
The right-hander was no match for 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, the A's rotund right-hander who threw his third shutout this season, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking one to improve to 13-3 and lower his earned-run average to 2.52.
Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Chris Young doubled to right field and Eric Sogard lined a two-run home run into the right-field seats.
Sogard sparked a two-run rally in the fifth inning with a single to center field. Coco Crisp followed with a well-placed bunt single to third base that Alberto Callaspo had no play on. But that didn't stop Callaspo from making a barehand grab and throwing wildly past first base, an error that allowed Sogard to score and Crisp to advance to third.
Crisp scored on Brandon Moss' two-out single to left field for a 4-0 lead. After Josh Reddick opened the sixth inning with a single to left field and Young walked, Manager Mike Scioscia pulled Williams for right-hander Garrett Richards, who struck out Sogard looking for the first out.
Reddick and Young pulled off a double steal, and catcher Chris Iannetta's wide throw to third base hit Reddick and caromed into foul territory for an error that allowed Reddick to score for a 5-0 lead and Young to take third.
Crisp followed with a chopper to first baseman Mark Trumbo, who did not appear to have a play at the plate but still fired home, bouncing his throw past Iannetta as Young scored for a 6-0 lead.
Young, filling in for Crisp in center field, also made a nice leaping catch at the wall to rob Albert Pujols of a home run in the seventh inning.