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Weaver gives up Vogt's HR in Angel's 7-1 loss to A's, Trout and Crisp match HR-saving catches

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jered Weaver has given up a home run in six consecutive starts, matching the longest such streak of his career. The one Steven Vogt hit against him on Wednesday night prevented the Los Angeles Angels from completing a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics.

Vogt's first homer of the season capped a three-run sixth inning that helped send the Angels to a 7-1 loss and dropped them 3 1/2 games behind the two-time defending AL West champions.

"It was rough tonight, obviously," Weaver said. "I've had better games, and one bad pitch was the difference in this one. I was just trying to throw a fastball down and away and it came back over the plate."

The score was tied 1-all in the sixth when Yoenis Cespedes scored the go-ahead run on Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly. Vogt chased Weaver with a drive deep into the right field seats on the right-hander's 104th pitch.

"I just tried to see something up against Weaver. Fortunately it was a fastball and I was able to get to it," Vogt said. "

Weaver (7-5) gave up four runs and six hits through 5 1-3 innings in his 14th start, matching his shortest outing of the season. In his last two starts against Oakland, the three-time All-Star has allowed nine earned runs in 11 1-3 innings.

"It just so happened that these last couple of games against him we've put up some runs," Coco Crisp said.

Both centre fielders made home run-saving catches — Mike Trout robbing Yoenis Cespedes to end the first inning and Coco Crisp pulling back Josh Hamilton's drive leading off the second.

"I knew it was going to be close to the wall," Crisp said. "It's always exciting. I try to take as much pride in defence as possible. And when you're able to make a play for your pitcher, it's gratifying."

Cespedes snuffed out an Angels rally in the seventh with his major league-leading ninth outfield assist, throwing out Albert Pujols at third after misplaying his double to left field. Cespedes got a huge assist from third baseman Josh Donaldson, who caught the throw going away from the bag and made a diving tag on Pujols.

Tuesday night, Cespedes threw out Howie Kendrick at the plate with a 300-foot throw from the left field corner after misplaying a double by Trout — the third time he threw out an Angels runner at home this season.

"We lost some guys on the bases in this series, but we're going to stay aggressive and hopefully get the good reads," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's certainly something we're going to keep pushing — the baserunning aspect — and hopefully create more (opportunities) than we lose."

Oakland tacked on three more runs in the ninth against Cory Rasmus. Crisp and Cespedes had RBI singles, and Eric Sogard scored when the rookie right-hander tried to pick off Crisp at first base and threw the ball away.

Tommy Milone (4-3) allowed a run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last seven starts overall, and 4-0 with a 3.54 ERA in five career starts at Angel Stadium.

"Milone can be tough when he gets into his rhythm," Scioscia said. "Up there when we played them in the last series, we hit him really hard without a lot to show for it. He pitched a strong game tonight, kept us off-balance, and we never got the real good looks we needed."

Lowrie ended a career-worst 0-for-21 drought with an opposite-field single in the third. Donaldson, who wasn't in the starting lineup after making four throwing errors in the first two games of the series, entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and was 0 for 2 — extending his career-worst hitless drought to 23 at-bats.

NOTES: The Angels are 13-18 against AL West teams and 23-11 against everyone else. ... Angels RHP Fernando Salas has allowed all nine of his inherited baserunners to score, while Oakland LHP Fernando Abad has stranded all 14 of his inherited runners.

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