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Wilson earns first victory in 12 starts

If the Angels have any chance to gain ground on the A's in the American League Wild Card race, they'll have to take matters into their own hands. No one else is helping, as the Athletics head into Monday's opener of a three-game series in Oakland winners of nine straight.

"It's going to be a good test for us, no doubt," the Angels' Mark Trumbo said. "We don't have a ton of time left. It's up to us to go in there and take care of business, but I don't think we can ask to be in a better spot than the last couple of series that we've played."

Oakland's winning streak is the longest in the Majors and, although the Angels have been playing well -- winning five of their last six -- they still sit 5 1/2 games behind the A's and 3 1/2 behind Baltimore in the Wild Card.

And although the Angels might have more motivation heading into the AL West showdown, the A's also are excited.

"Whenever you go through those swings within your division, it certainly feels like it's more important," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You always try to keep an eye on the box score of the team you're playing next, which we have, but we need to get through today and then we'll deal with them tomorrow. But it's a good team, a good division, and it's one more game closer to the end of the season."

The three-game series is the first of many pivotal games this month for the Angels, who spend most of September facing teams ahead of them. Monday's opener is one of seven remaining games against the A's, while the Halos also face Texas (six games), Detroit (three) and Chicago (three) down the stretch.

Trumbo and his teammates are happy to be in a position to make a move.

"We've had our ups and downs, but I think that if we're in the hunt with a week or two to go. I mean who knows what can happen by then? Maybe we're in a better spot than we are now," Trumbo said. "That's what you play for. That's why you play all these games, to give yourself a chance at the end."

Angels: Wilson goes for consecutive wins
It hasn't been the best first season in Anaheim for C.J. Wilson, but at least the left-hander no longer has a winless streak. Wilson earned his first victory in 12 starts in his last outing, tossing a quality start against the Red Sox. Wilson had a 6.09 ERA during his 11-game skid. The veteran lefty is 1-2 in three starts against the A's this season, with his lone victory an eight-inning, one-hit gem on May 22.

• Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has three hits, all doubles, in six career at-bats against Milone.

A's: Milone nears rookie mark
Tommy Milone counters Wilson on Monday, as the young lefty looks to tie the Oakland rookie record for wins, 12, set by Chris Codiroli in 1983 and Joe Blanton in 2005. Milone has defeated the Angels twice this season, including tossing seven innings of one-run ball against them on May 21.

• Righty Tyson Ross is expected to be added to the roster Monday and be available out of the bullpen.

Worth noting
• A's starters are 8-0 with a 2.34 ERA in their last eight games. It's the first time the A's rotation has won eight straight since June 8-16, 2006.

• Current A's batters are hitting a combined .183 (20-for-109) in their careers against Wilson. Comments