Recap: LA Angels vs. Oakland

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sonny Gray pitched into the eighth inning, while Eric Sogard ended up with two hits and drove in three runs as Oakland topped the Angels 8-1 on Sunday.

 

Ben Zobrist doubled twice as part of his 3-for-5, three-run performance for the Athletics. Billy Burns, Josh Reddick and Max Muncy also knocked in a run each.

 

Gray (8-3) went 7 2/3 innings and allowed an unearned run on five hits while striking out nine. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.19 earned run average in three starts against the Angels this season.

 

It was the fifth time this season Gray didn't give up an earned run.

 

"He's an ace," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt. "I know he's young and he hasn't been around long enough to put him in that category yet, but you have to this year. He's one of the best pitchers in baseball right now and it's fun to catch him."

 

Albert Pujols collected two of his club's five hits and drove in the lone run for the Halos.

 

Matt Shoemaker (4-5) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits despite five strikeouts over his 5 2/3-inning outing.

 

"(Gray) is great. His stuff is awesome," said Shoemaker. "You just have to go out there and get outs, give our team a chance to get a win."

 

Only ahead by a run, Oakland broke open the contest with three runs each in the sixth and seventh frames.

 

Shoemaker was still on the mound when Zobrist began the sixth with a double, but Muncy doubled him home after the preceding two batters were retired. Jose Alvarez came in but gave up an RBI single to Sogard, a hit from Sam Fuld and a run-scoring hit by Burns for a 5-1 contest.

 

Josh Reddick kicked off the seventh with a single, Zobrist doubled and Vogt was given a free pass. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar bobbled a Brett Lawrie grounder to plate one run, then Sogard brought home two more two batters after Cesar Ramos entered.

 

Earlier, Zobrist reached on a leadoff hit in the second, moved up on an error, took third on a Muncy grounder and scored when catcher Chris Iannetta failed to cleanly field a Sogard dribbler.

 

In the third, Reddick sent home Burns with a one-out single, then Pujols plated Aybar on a single in the fourth.

 

Gray has given up two or fewer in 12 of his 14 outings this year. His ERA was trimmed to 1.60, still the best in the majors ... Despite the win, and an overall positive run differential (plus-15) the Athletics are still 13 games below .500.

 

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