- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Third baseman Brett Lawrie ran into foul territory, stumbled over the pitching mound in the Athletics’ bullpen and made a tremendous catch before falling down to end the seventh inning.

By then, it was far too late to matter.

Three errors, three walks and five hits including a grand slam by Albert Pujols - all in the same inning - had already erased a five-run lead and put Oakland in a hole it couldn’t get out of.

“We weren’t very good defensively,” manager Bob Melvin said after his ballclub committed four errors in a 12-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. “We have been better recently, but you’re not going to win many games when you’re making four errors. We were good with a couple facets of our game, and not so good with a couple others.”

Pujols hit his 20th home run of the season and 12th this month on a 1-1 pitch from reliever Edward Mujica (2-2) to highlight an eight-run seventh inning. It was the 540th career home run for the Angels’ slugger and his 13th grand slam.

That capped a wild comeback in which Los Angeles scored 10 runs over the final three innings.

Four of the runs in the seventh came against starter Sonny Gray, who took a major league-low 1.60 ERA into the game.

Gray was in line for his ninth win until the Angels’ outburst. He allowed six runs overall and five hits in six-plus innings while matching his career low with two strikeouts. The Oakland ace also dodged a potential serious injury in the fourth when he snared Matt Joyce’s two-out line drive just as the ball neared his head.

“I was kind of fighting myself the whole night,” Gray said. “I didn’t feel great from the beginning. I didn’t have my best stuff and I was just trying to fight through the game and put us in a good spot. It kind of just got away from us at the end.”

Los Angeles trailed 7-2 before breaking out against Gray and three relievers in the seventh.

Gray walked the first two batters in the inning, then gave up an RBI single to Joyce. Two batters after pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Drew Pomeranz, Mike Trout hit a sacrifice fly to left that deflected off Ben Zobrist’s glove, allowing Joyce to score without a throw.

“I’ve got to be a little better and attack the zone, and make them beat us instead of just kind of giving it away to them,” Gray said.

Pujols followed with his 12th home run in the last 21 games. He had an RBI double in the ninth.

“I’m just seeing the ball good and putting my best swing,” Pujols said. “Same thing I’ve been doing all year long. I’m just getting better breaks, I guess.”

Zobrist and Stephen Vogt homered for the A’s.

Oakland’s 69 errors are the most in the majors. The A’s have committed 10 in their last six games.

Fernando Salas (1-1) retired one batter for the win, the Angels’ first in four games this season in which Gray has started.

Johnny Giavotella drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which has won five of the last six games between the teams.

Trevor Gott, Joe Smith and Cesar Ramos pitched one inning apiece to complete the win for Los Angeles.

Zobrist hit a three-run homer in the first off Matt Shoemaker, who allowed five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: 1B Ike Davis was activated from the DL and batted sixth. To make room on the roster, RHP Arnold Leon was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and INF Andy Parrino was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jared Weaver (4-7) pitches the middle game of the series Saturday looking to end a three-start losing streak. Weaver has 13 career wins against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Jesse Hahn (4-5) is winless in six starts against AL West teams this season.

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