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Angels Beat Athletics In Battle Of Top AL West Teams

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Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics backs away from a pitch from Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (not in photo) in the third inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 9, 2014 in Anaheim. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics backs away from a pitch from Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (not in photo) in the third inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 9, 2014 in Anaheim. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM (CBS/AP) — Mike Trout drove in a run with a double that originally was ruled a homer, Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Monday night in the opener of a series between the top two teams in the AL West.

The Angels’ fourth straight victory reduced Oakland’s lead 3 ½ games, but it did not come without some controversy.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by first base umpire Bob Davidson in the fifth inning for arguing after a call was overturned on replay: Trout’s towering drive to right field was touched by a fan at the top of the 18-foot wall. Originally ruled a two-run homer, Trout was awarded an RBI double.

Richards (6-2) allowed a run and four hits, struck out four and walked none.

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