Calhoun, Shoemaker put Halos back on track
By Alden Gonzalez and Jane Lee / MLB.com | Sept. 2, 2015
OAKLAND -- Matt Shoemaker limited the A's to one run across seven innings and Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with a home run on Tuesday night, helping the Angels beat the A's, 6-2, at the Coliseum to get the month of September off on a positive note.
It was only the second time that the Angels -- coming off a 19-loss August -- had won a game by more than two runs since July 26. Shoemaker gave up a long Brett Lawrie homer in the first inning but nothing else, scattering only four other hits, walking two batters and striking out five to lower his ERA to 4.31.
Calhoun got the Angels on the board with an RBI single in the third -- part of a four-run inning against A's starter Cody Martin -- then added a solo homer in the seventh, his 21st on the year and his first in Oakland.
The Angels (66-66) moved 6 1/2 games back of the Astros for first place in the American League West and remained 3 1/2 back of the Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot. The A's (58-75) tied their loss total from last season.
"It was a good team win, all the way around," Calhoun said. "Great way to start off September."
The Angels have struggled to get production from the bottom of their lineup this entire road trip, their Nos. 7-9 hitters combining to go 10-for-58 since Johnny Giavotella landed on the disabled list.
But back-to-back hits by Carlos Perez and Taylor Featherston to start the third ignited a key four-run inning. Calhoun, the leadoff man, followed with an RBI single, Mike Trout walked, Albert Pujols brought in a run on a hit by pitch, David Murphy followed with an RBI groundout and C.J. Cron added a sac fly.