A’s bats mute again in 11-inning loss 

Seth Smith was the lone bright spot for the A’s in their three-hit effort, hitting a home run in the sixth inning. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Seth Smith was the lone bright spot for the A’s in their three-hit effort, hitting a home run in the sixth inning.

OAKLAND — A struggling A’s offense followed up Tuesday’s one-hit performance by mustering only three base knocks in an extra-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

The Angels topped the A’s 3-1 at the Oakland Coliseum after Alberto Callaspo delivered a two-out double in the top of the 11th that brought a pair of tiebreaking runs across the plate.

“What did we have? One hit last night, three hits today — and one of them leaves the ballpark for the only run,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve just got to swing the bats better.”

The anemic day at the plate dropped the A’s team batting average down to .210, which ranks last in baseball. The A’s were also one hit by the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong on Saturday.

Although the A’s batting order has been pummeled by a string of injuries in recent weeks, Melvin said his team has to find a way to get on base.

“It’s no excuse — we got four hits in two games,” he said.

But rookie Jarrod Parker bounced back from last week’s stomach flu to throw the best game of his young career.

Parker was knocked around for six runs in two innings of work against the Giants on Friday while feeling under the weather. The 23-year old right-hander went toe-to-toe with one of the league’s best hurlers, Jered Weaver, for seven innings, scattering five hits and striking out eight. The only run Parker allowed came off a Maicer Izturis single in the top of the third.

“I just wanted to get out there and just have a good one after that [last outing],” he said.

Weaver, who threw a no-hitter against Minnesota earlier this month, was his usual-dazzling self, surrendered only three hits over eight innings; Jonny Gomes singled in the second, Jemile Weeks added one in the third and Seth Smith tied the game with a homer in the sixth.

The Angels finally broke the deadlock in the 11th when Callaspo doubled to left off reliever Jordan Norberto (0-1), scoring Peter Bourjos and Howie Kendrick.

Gomes said the team just has to keep plugging away.

“I don’t think we’re a bad team by any means,” he said. “We’re not getting run out of the stadium every night. These games are close.”

The loss dropped the A’s below .500 (22-23) with the New York Yankees coming to town for a three-game set starting Friday.

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