OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Angels were burned by a former teammate.
Alberto Callaspo, who was traded to the Oakland Athletics in July, led off the ninth inning with a single, sparking the decisive rally in the Angels' 2-1 loss at the Coliseum.
Facing Michael Kohn, Callaspo rolled a single into left field before being lifted for pinch-runner Jemile Weeks. Weeks went to second on a deep flyout. Kohn walked the next two to load the bases. An out later, Josh Donaldson singled to drive in the winning run.
Up until then, the game had been an entertaining duel between Garrett Richards, the Angels best young starter, and Sonny Gray, one of the A's seemingly endless supply of them.
Richards gave up one run in seven innings, pitching out of trouble in a few key spots.
He gave up a leadoff walk and a two-out RBI double in the first inning. The A's had two runners on in the fourth, and Richards escaped with a strikeout of Callaspo. In the fifth, the A's had runners at the corners with two outs when Richards struck out No. 3 hitter Donaldson to end the inning. In the sixth, he gave up a leadoff double but retired the next three.
Gray, the Athletics' 23-year-old former first-round pick, gave up one run in six innings. He now has a 2.50 ERA in his first 10 major league games.
The only run the Athletics managed against Gray was a towering homer to center field by Mike Trout, his second in a row. This one, just to the right of center field, was not quite the drive of his 452-foot homer on Monday night, but it was good enough to put him in a class by himself.
Trout's 25th homer of the season made him the first player in American League history to have 25 homers, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks in the same season.
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