PHOENIX — John Jaso was brought to the A’s as a backup. He showed what he could do as a starter.
Jaso had a bases-loaded triple, Brandon Moss had two hits and an RBI, and the A’s beat the Los Angeles Angels 13-5 on Monday.
“He’s always had good numbers but it’s still good to see him hit like that,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He got that triple off a left-hander and he’s had good at-bats this year.”
Jaso, a four-year veteran, was obtained in a three-way trade from the Seattle Mariners to backup catcher Derek Norris.
Vernon Wells hit a three-run home run, extending his hitting streak to five games, and reigning AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout had three hits for the Angels, who lost their third straight. Howie Kendrick and Scott Cousins also drove in runs.
Josh Reddick, Jed Lowrie and Moss each drove in runs in the fifth to put Oakland ahead to stay.
A’s starter Dan Straily allowed two runs on four hits over 2 1-3 innings. He struck out two.
“He pitched well,” Melvin said. “He’s working on things and gave up a couple of runs.”
NOTES: A’s owner Lew Wolff distributed a statement Monday to “clarify recent articles relating to legal action by any party pertaining to the A’s desired move to downtown San Jose.” “We are a part of the MLB partnership and will continue to respect the Constitution and agreements that govern our participation in MLB,” Wolff said in a statement. “We seek our needed new venue based solely on the merits of the move and the benefits to MLB, the A’s and our fans and sponsors.” ... A’s RHP Grant Balfour threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session and could make his spring debut in a few days. ... Italy gets no breaks in its two exhibition games this week. LHP Brett Anderson goes for an A’s split-squad against them today and the Angels send RHP Jered Weaver against the Italians on Wednesday. ... RHP Bartolo Colon goes today for the A’s at the Kansas City Royals. ... A’s OF Michael Choice went hitless for the second time in nine games. ... Lowrie appeared at shortstop for the third time. He’s also played third and second. ... A’s LHPs Jerry Blevins and Sean Doolittle each pitched a scoreless inning.