OAKLAND, Calif. — The Athletics are opening up quite a cushion in the AL West.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run single in a four-run third inning against Oakland nemesis Jered Weaver, and the A's completed a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 6-3 victory on Sunday.
"We played well this series," Donaldson said. "Got some timely hits and we pitched well. I definitely think it's one of those series we walk away and feel good about ourselves."
Jed Lowrie had a homer and two RBIs and Coco Crisp hit an RBI double off Weaver to give the A's their first home sweep of at least three games against the Angels since June 29-July 1, 2004.
Oakland leads the AL West by 4½ over Los Angeles, its largest pre-All-Star break lead since being 5½ up in 1990.
"We stubbed our toe this weekend but we're looking at the big picture," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're a good team and our pitchers are a big part of that."
The big inning was more than enough for Sonny Gray, who rebounded from a rare rough start. He has 11 quality starts in 12 outings.
"We all knew coming in it was tight and they were playing really good baseball and we needed to take care of business at home," Gray said. "The way we were able to put these three games together … that was awesome."