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Angels 4, A's 2: Three Up, Three Down

ANAHEIM -- The Angels snapped a two-game losing streak to prop up their slim playoff hopes with a 4-2 win over the Oakland A's Saturday night.

They now trail the slumping Boston Red Sox by 2 1/2 games (and the Tampa Bay Rays by one) in the AL wild-card standings.

The Good:

Toriitown. Before the game, the Angels presented Mark Trumbo with the team MVP trophy. Solid choice, considering the rookie leads the team in home runs and RBIs. But you could argue that Hunter has played better when the games matter most. He drove in three of the Angels' four runs, with a single in the first and a deep home run to left in the sixth.

Jerome's gem. Where would the Angels be without Jerome Williams? The reclamation project keeps adding to his story, making his fourth quality start in six starts. He pitched out of jams in the first, second and fifth innings and kept the Angels on track into the seventh inning. Williams is now 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA since he came up on Aug. 17.

Still going. Scott Downs allowed a two-out double to David DeJesus, but he took care of it by getting Kurt Suzuki to fly out and end the eighth inning. That kept intact a fairly remarkable run. Downs hasn't allowed a run at Angel Stadium this season, 27 scoreless outings in a row.

The Bad:

Out machine. The most amazing thing about Vernon Wells' brutal first season with the Angels isn't his batting average (.220), it's his on-base percentage (.249). Wells hasn't drawn a walk since Sept. 3. He's even jumpier than usual lately. He's also 0 for his last 13.

Hook-happy? Mike Scioscia won't hesitate to make a quick pitching change, particularly if it's not one of his three best starters. Williams had only thrown 97 pitches and had just gotten the first out of the seventh inning when Scioscia came to get the ball so he could give it to Hisanori Takahashi. It worked out, barely, when Takahashi pitched around a two-out single and stolen base, but seemed a tad rash.

Injury scare. Trumbo left the game after his second at-bat with what the Angels described as right ankle discomfort. If it's something that costs him time, it could be a major concern. He's one of the few power guys in the lineup and the Angels' only backup first baseman is Efren Navarro, a defensive specialist who spent the season in the minors. If Trumbo's out, look for Howie Kendrick to play a lot of first base.