Reggie Jackson set up a two-run rally with a single and stolen base and later hit his 13th homer of the year as California beat Chicago at Anaheim.
Rod Carew singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.
Jackson, who went four-for-four at bat, had no difficulty finding extra motivation for the game.
"My dad had a major operation on Friday and he told me to try to have a good day," he said. "It's just a nice Father's Day present to give to him. I talked to him on the phone before the game and he asked me to call right after if I had a good day.
"Having something like that in the back of your mind keeps your concentration up."
LaMarr Hoyt (10-4) was sailing along with a 1-0 lead when Jackson led off the fourth with a single, stole second and continued to third as catcher Carlton Fisk's throw went into center field. Jackson scored the tying run on a grounder by Doug DeCinces when shortsop Bill Almon's throw to the plate went in the dirt for an error.
DeCinces took third on Bobby Grich's single and scored on Don Baylor's sacrifice fly to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.