OAKLAND, Calif. – Bobby Abreu hit a home run and drove in three runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, avoiding their first sweep by the A's in six years.
Ervin Santana (15-9) gave up three runs and six hits to improve to 7-2 over his last nine starts. He walked four and struck out three.
Vin Mazzaro (6-8) lost his sixth straight decision after allowing five runs on six hits over 4 1-3 innings. He walked three and did not strike out a batter. Mazzaro has given up 12 earned runs over his last eight innings and hasn't won since July 24 against the Chicago White Sox.
Santana completed at least six innings for the 12th time in his last 14 starts and has been remarkably efficient since starting the season 1-3. He has recorded a decision in 21 of his last 22 starts.
Santana has a career 1.80 ERA against the A's and improved to 12-3 against them in 21 appearances, 19 starts.
Abreu hit a two-run home run in the third to put the Angels ahead. He entered the at bat with two hits in his previous 34 at bats. Abreu later walked and scored and singled home a run in the seventh.
Napoli also hit a two-run shot in the third to give the Angels a 4-0 advantage.
Rajai Davis walked to open the third and stole his career-high 42nd base. He scored when Powell singled.
Larish's double in the fourth cut the lead to 4-3. Jack Cust singled and Mark Ellis was safe on Erick Aybar's fielding error ahead of Larish.
Hunter doubled home a run in the fifth and RBI singles from Abreu and Matsui in the seventh iced the game.
Cust singled in a run with two outs in the ninth. Ellis followed with a single before Fernando Rodney retired Larish to end the game.
Notes: A's Breast Cancer Awareness Day raised $70,650. ... A's IF Kevin Kouzmanoff left the game in the fifth inning with lower back spasms. ... The Angels scored more runs than they had in their previous four games combined. ... Angels RHP Dan Haren will make his first start against the Cleveland Indians in three years and the seventh overall. ... Abreu has six home runs against the A's this year. ... Santana matched Dean Chance for 10th on the Angels' all-time win list with his 74th victory.