ANAHEIM — Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, Josh Hamilton drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Angels did a bit more damage to the A's home-field playoff hopes with a 3-1 victory over Oakland on Wednesday.
Erick Aybar had three hits in the Angels' final home game of their disappointing season. Los Angeles is unbeaten in its past 10 series while winning 23 of the past 32 games, including four of six over the two-time AL West champion A's in the past two weeks.
Dan Straily (10-8) allowed seven hits while pitching into the seventh inning of his first loss since Aug. 17 for the A's, who began the day trailing Boston by one game for the majors' best record. The Red Sox played at Colorado later Wednesday.
Oakland usually has trouble with Weaver, who was 7-1 with an 0.84 ERA in his previous 10 starts against the A's. His personal string of 29²⁄³ consecutive scoreless innings against the A's ended in the sixth with Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly, but Weaver finished strong before Dane De La Rosa and Ernesto Frieri finished.
Frieri pitched the ninth for his 37th save.
After scoring 49 runs in a five-game barrage ending Monday, Oakland managed just 10 hits in the past two games, including Jason Vargas' four-hit gem for the Angels on Tuesday. The A's have a day off today before finishing the regular season in Seattle.
Straily struck out five, but couldn't quite match Weaver despite another strong start. Los Angeles scored two unearned runs in the fifth in a rally catalyzed by first baseman Daric Barton's error.