Don Baylor drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and his first home run of the season and Ken Forsch pitched a three-hitter in Oakland, leading the California Angels to a 3-2 victory over the A's, who suffered their second loss in 19 games despite pulling off a triple play.
Steve McCatty, who had won his first three decisions, went the distance for Oakland and gave up eight hits and two walks.
Baylor's home run broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth and Forsch made it stand up for his third victory in three decisions.
Baylor also had the dubious honor of hitting into the American League's first triple play of the season and second in the major leagues. With runners at first and second in the sixth, Baylor worked the count full and then lined to shortstop Bob Picciolo, who stepped on second and threw to first to complete the triple play.
The A's got the tying run to second base in both the fifth and seventh innings but couldn't come up with a clutch hit. In the eighth, Juan Beniquez, who had just taken over for John Harris in left field, robbed Mike Heath of a homer when he leaped against the fence to grab a line drive before it went over.