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Chris Carlson, Associated Press
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jason Vargas throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 11, 2013.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Yoenis Cespedes also went deep and A.J. Griffin pitched eight solid innings Thursday night, leading Oakland to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and extending the Athletics' winning streak to eight games.

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This was the first time Oakland swept the Angels in the first head-to-head series of a season since 2003, and the first time the Athletics swept their first series at the "Big A" since 1996. The defending AL West champions outscored the Angels 28-11 and were retired in order in only three of the 27 innings.

Seth Smith had four hits for the A's, who swept a road trip of six or more games for only the third time since the franchise relocated from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968. They had a 10-0 trip in August 2002 and an 8-0 excursion in April 1981.