ANAHEIM — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss added a two-run shot and the Oakland Athletics kept rolling toward the postseason with their fifth straight victory, 10-5 over the
Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Tommy Milone pitched into the sixth inning and Seth Smith had an early RBI double for the AL West champions, who have won 11 of 13.
Seven A's drove in a run at the Big A as Oakland (94-63) moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 with the majors' second-best record, just behind Boston (95-62).
Howie Kendrick homered and hit a three-run double for the Angels, who have lost two straight after winning 21 of 28. They hadn't lost by more than three runs since Sept. 3.
The A's have scored 49 runs in their last five games, and the offensive barrage didn't let up after the club clinched its second consecutive division title Sunday. Lowrie hit his 15th homer in the third
inning in Anaheim, and Moss followed with his
28th in the fifth.
Milone (12-9) struck out eight while giving up five hits and two earned runs in his second start since Aug. 27. He pitched two innings of relief last Friday, but got this spot start in A.J. Griffin's place.
Garrett Richards (7-7) gave up eight hits and seven runs while failing to get out of the fifth inning in his worst start since joining the Angels' rotation full-time in late July.
Oakland and Los Angeles have been the majors' two best teams since Aug. 23, but the A's are playoff-bound while the Angels are finished Sunday because Oakland didn't waste the season's first 4 1/2
The Angels, with a payroll roughly twice the size of Oakland's, will finish in third place in the AL West for the third time in four years after winning five of the previous six division titles.
Richards got rocked in his final home audition for a rotation spot in 2014. The right-hander had allowed more than three runs just twice since in 11 starts taking Joe Blanton's spot in the rotation