OAKLAND -- Not even video replay could help the Angels early in Friday's series opener at O.co Coliseum.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia urged umpires to conduct a crew chief review when Josh Donaldson's drive to right field bounced back into the field of play after clearing the scoreboard to lead off the second, but replay confirmed the home run call, and Oakland built a 6-0 lead before recording its fourth out of the game.
Garrett Richards gave up five runs in the first, on a grand slam by Brandon Moss and a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Coco Crisp. The 26-year-old right-hander exited immediately after that, paving the way for lefty Wade LeBlanc and making it the shortest outing by an Angels starter since Jered Weaver on May 28, 2012.
Umpires are allowed to consult replay on home run calls without having the manager use his challenge.
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