OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak, pitching into the ninth inning and leading the Oakland Athletics over the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 last night in a matchup of AL West rivals. Coco Crisp hit his 15th career leadoff home run and Stephen Vogt added a solo shot for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning and the A's pulled within one game of the division-leading Angels. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered for the Angels.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dan Haren overcame a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and a pair of failed sacrifice bunt attempts to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the error-prone New York Mets 6-2 last night. Haren (11-10) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none. The victory was his third in four starts after going 0-5 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous five outings. The NL West-leading Dodgers maintained their 3 1-2 game lead over San Francisco.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Nationals' winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games last night when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-3 romp. Panik went 4 for 5 in his first four-hit game, highlighted by his three-run shot to center field. Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don't have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics.
PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Collmenter came two outs away from a complete game, holding the San Diego Padres without an earned run on four hits over 8 1-3 innings in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-1 win last night. Collmenter (9-7) also tied his career high for strikeouts with eight and did not walk a batter. The Diamondbacks' victory ended a six-game losing streak.
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