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Josh Hamilton powers Angels past A's

OAKLAND, California -- Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three runs, and Mike Trout also hit a homer as the Los Angeles Angels regained the best record in the league with a 9-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Erick Aybar had two hits and two RBIs and Kole Calhoun finished with three hits for the Angels, who ended a five-game losing streak to the A's in Oakland. Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick each drove in a run as Los Angeles won for the ninth time in 12 games.

Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino homered for Oakland, which had won three of four to move into a share of the top spot in the American League West.

Jered Weaver (14-7) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings while improving to 7-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his last 13 starts. He allowed three runs and eight hits.

Washington sluggers Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs each to help the Nationals down the San Francisco Giants 14-6.

Jose Lobaton doubled among his three hits, drove in a run and scored twice for the Nationals, who took the game against the Giants despite a labored four-inning outing from starter Stephen Strasburg.

At Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win in eight starts since the All-Star break and Todd Frazier homered as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3.

Simon (13-8), who was 0-5 since pitching in the All-Star Game, opened with six shutout innings before yielding a run in the seventh. He allowed five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings.

Logan Ondrusek allowed Evan Gattis's 20th homer leading off the ninth.

The Philadelphia Phillies downed the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 after Jimmy Rollins homered and Jerome Williams tossed eight strong innings.

Ben Revere had a pair of hits and an RBI for Philadelphia, which took two of three from the Cardinals to claim consecutive series wins for the first time since April.

Mike Fiers held Pittsburgh to two hits in seven innings for his fourth straight win since coming up from the minor leagues as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Pirates 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep at home.

In other games, Lucas Duda homered twice, drove in a career-high five runs and was involved in the Mets' first triple play in over four seasons as New York downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-3, the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4, the Colorado Rockies downed the Miami Marlins 7-4, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 in overtime.

The Seattle Mariners had an 8-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox, the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1, the Detroit Tigers trounced the Minnesota Twins 13-4, the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 in overtime and the Chicago Cubs were 2-1 winners over the Baltimore Orioles.

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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout #27 slides into home plate to score a run on a Josh Hamilton sacrifice fly against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, California, Sunday, Aug. 24. (AP)

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