The Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels today led by pitcher Tommy Milone.
Milone pitched 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 earned run, walking 4 batters, striking out 6 and giving up a home run to Josh Hamilton. He now has an 9-8 record, ERA of 4.03, 1.25 WHIP and 98/33 K/BB ratio in 129 2/3 innings this season.
Leading the charge for the offense, was catcher Derek Norris, who pinch hit for catcher Stephen Vogt in the 7th inning, as he launched a 2 run home run to give the Athletics the lead. Short stop Jed Lowrie later hit an RBI double which would drive in Coco Crisp to make it 3-1.
Josh Hamilton crushed his 15th ho me run of the season in the top of the 2nd, but it was the only damage the left hander would allow. Hamilton has 5 home runs in July, more than he had in June or April. The 32 year old Angels outfielder has a disappointing .689 OPS.
Garrett Richards threw 5 scoreless innings for the Angels, allowing 3 hits, striking out 4 and carries an ERA of 4.33 into his next start against Toronto at home. Dane De La Rosa and Scott Downs gave up the 3 runs after Richards exited.