ANAHEIM -- How do you break out of an offensive funk? The A's did it by forcing the action.
A sweet bunt by Coco Crisp with Eric Sogard on first with none out in the fifth seemed to catch the Angels off guard. The A's only led 2-0 at the time and Crisp's bunt from the left side of the plate, was perfectly placed. Angels third base man Alberto Callaspo fielded the ball bare-handed but threw the ball down the first-base line into foul territory.
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Sogard raced around to score and Crisp went to third. He would come home on Brandon Moss' two-out single.
Then, in the sixth, a double-steal by Josh Reddick and Chris Young led to the final two runs of the A's eventual 6-0 victory. Reddick swiped third on the play and crossed home plate on catcher Chris Iannetta's throwing error. Young came around on the Angels' third error of the game, second of the inning, when first baseman Mark Trumbo threw the ball away.
"We're just playing," Crisp said. "We just go out there, each day's different. You don't know what's going to happen. Hopefully we don't get no hit; hopefully we get 20 hits. You never know what's going to happen. We just go out there, try our best and see what happens."
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Sogard is known as anything but a power hitter -- he did not hit a home run between April 28, 2012 and July 6 of this year -- but with his third-inning two-run homer, he has now gone deep twice since July 7.
"Man on second and I was just trying to get him over," Sogard said. "Got a fastball inside and I was able to get the bat on it and I was able to drive it out of here."
Seven of Sogard's last 11 hits have been extra-base hits (five doubles, two homers).
The left-handed hitting Moss said his three hits to left field "had to be a career high" for going opposite field.
He said he felt so bad in the underground batting cage earlier in the day he told Nate Freiman he just wanted to take "pretty swings" in the game and see what would happen.
"Good, fluid, pretty swings," he said with a self-deprecating laugh.
Moss is batting .429 (15-35) against the Angels this season, with four homers, 13 RBI, six walks and six runs scored in nine games.
The A's blanking of the Angels was their first since May 14, 2012…Oakland is 23-1 against the Angels when the A's score at least four runs since 2011…the A's are 19-13 in the final game of a series.