- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hopes this happens to Garrett Richards many times over.

“It would mean he would have a long, successful career,” Iannetta said.

Richards failed to get out of the first inning Friday night, hammered for five quick runs in a 9-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

“He was just missing. It wasn’t like he was all over the place. This stuff just happens,” Iannetta said.

Richards (4-2) had not allowed more than two runs or five hits in his first six starts on the road before giving up five hits - including Brandon Moss‘ grand slam - in the first inning Friday.

“That was embarrassing,” he said. “I didn’t show up for us tonight. I put us in a hole early. I couldn’t find a feel for the two-seamer and couldn’t make the adjustment.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he kept hoping the 26-year-old righty would find a way out of it, but Scioscia said he had to lift Richards after he walked in a run.

“It just wasn’t there for him; that inning just steamrolled,” Scioscia said. “It was all out of whack. Even after the grand slam it went the other way. There comes a time when you don’t want to put a pitcher at risk.”

Richards did not get an out before Moss‘ slam and loaded the bases again before managing his second (and final) out. He walked Coco Crisp and was replaced by Wade LeBlanc.

“When you know a fastball is coming, it’s easier to hit,” Richards said. “Wade threw a heck of a game to keep us in it. I’m disappointed, but I can’t let one outing ruin my progress.”

Oakland kept hitting against LeBlanc, who allowed a pair of home runs to Josh Donaldson.

Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout added a solo shot for the Angels, who lost for only the seventh time in 21 games. C.J. Cron also drove in a pair of runs.

Drew Pomeranz (5-2) pitched a season-high 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and four hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Pomeranz had not allowed a run at home in 17 innings before the Angels struck in the fourth.

Donaldson homered in the second and singled home a run in the third before the Angels answered with three runs in the fourth on the homers by Kendrick and Trout.

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