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Ryan Sweeney doubled twice, singled and drove in a run for Oakland, which would like to get back on track during this tough stretch with 20 games in 20 days. They were coming off four straight one-run games, including a series loss to Minnesota in which they salvaged Sunday's series finale to avoid a sweep.
Eric Patterson replaced Rajai Davis in center field for Oakland in the top of the seventh after Davis' left hamstring tightened up following a fifth-inning triple.
A's hitting coach Jim Skaalen was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Eric Cooper for arguing balls and strikes. It was Skaalen's second ejection with Oakland. He also got tossed May 25, 2009, against Seattle.
NOTES: The Angels are 10-3 in their last 13 road games following a 2-10 stretch away from home. They are 9-2 in their last 11 at the Coliseum. Los Angeles hasn't lost a season series to the A's since 2003 (8-12). ... A's SS Cliff Pennington got a day off and Adam Rosales started in his place. ... Injured Oakland DH Eric Chavez (neck spasms) took batting practice on the field for the first time since going on the DL May 21. ... A's RHP Justin Duchscherer underwent season-ending surgery on his troublesome left hip.
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