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Angels lose 8-1, get swept by A's

Friday - 4/12/2013, 3:25am  ET

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Sean Burnett looks down as Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nothing went right for the Los Angeles Angels in their first series against the rival Oakland Athletics, and the pitching staff took the brunt of the abuse in all three games.

Jason Vargas allowed with five runs, 10 hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings in his 8-1 loss to the defending AL West champions on Thursday night. The big blow was a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth by Josh Donaldson.

The Angels' starting pitchers in the series -- including C.J. Wilson and Joe Blanton -- gave up 15 earned runs and 26 hits in 16 2-3 innings, The bullpen has a 7.71 ERA in its last six games.

"We're a little frustrated right now and we've got to get our pitching settled, especially our bullpen," manager Mike Scioscia said. "They're not pitching to their capabilities, and that has got to change.

"We're a good team and we're going to turn this thing around. We all believe it."

Los Angeles (2-7) is off to its worst start since the club's inaugural 1961 season (1-8). Last year the Angels were 6-14, fell nine games out of first place and never recovered. They finished five games behind Oakland, and are 5
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