Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo are slumping. Garrett Richards had his roughest start of the year.
Near the end of their dismal season, the Los Angeles Angels just couldn't keep up with their playoff-bound instate rivals.
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 Angels on Monday night.
Howie Kendrick homered and hit a three-run double for the Angels (76-80), who have lost two straight after winning 21 of 28. They hadn't lost consecutive games in two weeks, or lost by more than three runs since Sept. 3, but the Angels couldn't match Oakland in the opener of their final home series of the season.
''Whether we get to .500 or not, we're just trying to win ballgames,'' said Kendrick, who hit his first homer since July 6. ''They're a good team, and they made the postseason. Tonight they came up with a couple of long balls and went up early. We came back a...