ANAHEIM -- Marcus Semien and Khris Davis homered to help Kendall Graveman get the first win by an Oakland starter in more than three weeks as the Athletics beat Tim Linecum the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Thursday night.
Graveman (3-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to get the first win for an A's starter since June 1 after the rotation had combined to go 0-9 in the previous 17 games.
Semien hit a three-run shot, his 13th, off Lincecum (1-1) in Oakland's four-run second. Lincecum, making his second start for the Angels after missing nearly a full year following hip surgery and his release by the San Francisco Giants, gave up four runs and seven hits while throwing 83 pitches in three innings.
Davis added a solo shot, his 17th, in the fifth to make it 5-2.
Sean Doolittle gave up a two-run homer to Jeff Bandy in the ninth but held on for his fourth save.
Home plate umpire Paul Emmel was hit in the head by Jefry Marte's bat with two outs in the ninth when the pinch-hitter lost control of it on a follow-through. Emmel fell to his knees before leaving the field with a towel held to his head. The game was completed by the remaining three umpires, with Quinn Wolcott moving from third base to behind the plate.
Lincecum won his first start last Saturday when he limited the A's to a run and four hits in six innings at Oakland.
Semien had been in a 3-for-19 skid in his last six games prior to his homer.
With the loss, the Angels (31-42) fell to both a season-high 11 games under .500 and 16 games behind Texas in the AL West.
The A's finished with nine hits on the night - one by each starter - and the two homers wee the only ones for extra bases.
Oakland, which leads the A.L in errors, was aided in its four-run second inning by a pair of miscues by the Angels.
A's: With 10 players on the disabled list, Oakland expects to get OF Josh Reddick (left thumb fracture) back on Monday. ... LHP Rich Hill (left groin strain) is scheduled to make his first rehab start Monday for Class-A Stockton.
Angels: 1B Albert Pujols returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured left hamstring. ... RHP Joe Smith (left hamstring) threw a simulated game Thursday and could make his first rehab appearance Sunday.
A's: LHP Eric Surkamp (0-5) will face the Angels for a second consecutive start. Surkamp allowed two runs on six hits and two walks against the Angels Sunday in Oakland. His last victory in the majors came Sept. 16, 2014 as a reliever for the White Sox.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (6-6) is coming off his best game of the season in his last start against the A's. Weaver threw a three-hit shutout Sunday in Oakland. He had allowed 11 runs in the 11 1/3 innings of his two previous starts.