OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All it took was a different mindset for Matt Shoemaker’s dramatic turnaround from his last start. Now he’s looking to continue the trend.
Shoemaker pitched one-hit ball for six shutout innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Wednesday for their fourth straight win.
“I felt a little passive last time out for whatever reason,” Shoemaker said. “This time I wanted to be aggressive as possible from the start and attack the zone. I definitely like the results.”
Shoemaker was tagged by the Rangers for six runs in three innings in his last start against Texas. This time he didn’t allow enough baserunners to do any damage.
“This is more indicative of how he can pitch,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “The first inning he was electric. His fastball command was terrific and he finished strong.”
Mike Trout had three hits, scored three runs and stole a base as the Angels finished a three-game sweep.
Kole Calhoun got three hits and drove in two runs, and Albert Pujols also had two RBIs.
Marcus Semien hit his third home run in two days for the A’s. Oakland fell to 1-6 at home.
“Right now it has a lot to do with the way we’re swinging the bats,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Yeah, it’s disappointing not playing as well as we did in Seattle.”
Shoemaker (1-1) gave up a single in the second inning to Danny Valencia. He struck out five and walked three.
Eric Surkamp (0-1) went 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits.
The Angels won their fifth straight at the Coliseum.
Calhoun extended his hitting streak to seven games and has driven in 17 runs against the A’s since the beginning of last year.
Valencia and Coco Crisp were the only A’s to get as far as second base against Shoemaker, who retired 11 of his final 12 hitters. The A’s finished with three hits.
TROUT ON BASKETBALL
Trout is an unabashed Kobe Bryant fan, and seeing his career end is both disappointing and celebratory.
“It sucks for him to leave,” Trout said. “But he’s got to do what’s right for him and his family. He was a superstar night in and night out. I’ll remember the excitement he brought to the game.”
Trout, who visited the Golden State Warriors practice facility Tuesday, said he’ll be watching the Warriors-Grizzlies game on the plane heading to Minnesota, where the Angels open a series on Friday night.
“They’re a good team. They play defense,” Trout said. “They have a great chance to win it.”
Left-hander Greg Mahle made his major league debut with a scoreless seventh inning. His first pitch sailed on him, but he struck out Billy Butler to calm his nerves.
“It was awesome,” he said. “There were a lot nerves as you saw by that first pitch. Once I got the first strikeout I calmed down and felt like I just pitched.”
Angels: Over his past 16 games against Oakland, Trout is hitting .383 with six doubles, four homers, eight RBIs and 28 runs scored. The 18 runs he scored against the A’s last season were the most in a single season by an Angels player against the A’s in franchise history.
Athletics: OF Khris Davis was given a scheduled day off. He entered the game hitting .167 with no homers, no RBIs and had struck out 14 times, matching the most in the majors.
Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (0-2, 3.86) starts Friday night in Minnesota.
Athletics: LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 3.12) starts the series opener against the visiting Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
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