Milone steadies self, gets rewarded
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OAKLAND -- How's this for consistency?

Tommy Milone walked a season high-tying four batters. The left-hander also allowed a season-low four hits.

The only real damage he incurred was the second-inning solo homer by Josh Hamilton. When Derek Norris hit his two-run pinch-hit home run in the seventh, it set Milone up to get the win in the A's eventual 3-1 defeat of the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

[RECAP: A's 3, Angels 1]

"That's just the way we play baseball," Milone said with a shrug. "It's never over until the last out."

And Milone made sure of it, throwing 114 pitches, the second-most he's thrown this season.

“Pretty impressive because (they hit) a home run right away and we’re not doing anything (at the plate) and (he's facing) a lineup that’s been a little bit difficult for him in the past, numbers-wise," Melvin said. "And he was able to hang in there…and the next thing you know, he’s given us seven innings and one run, which ended up being pretty impressive. With the matchups and so forth, we needed him to finish that seventh inning for us."

And Milone was rewarded as the A's trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh.

"You really do pull for at least getting one run there and getting him off the hook," Melvin said. "Then the next thing you know, we've got a lead and it really rewards the guy that's pitched really well and really couldn't give up anything based on what the offense was doing. And being able to hang in there and take a few body blows but still keep it to one run and then all of a sudden, one swing of the bat he's in a position to win? Makes you feel really good for him."

NOTES: With Sunday's series finale still to play, the A's improved 8-4 against the Angels this year. … Josh Donaldson is batting .163 (8-for-49) over his last 14 games. ... Before his home run, Derek Norris was 0-for-12 in his career as a pinch-hitter. … The Angels' Mark Trumbo had his seventh three-strikeout game of the season.