Semien, Davis lead A’s to 5-4 win over Angels

ANAHEIM — Marcus Semien and Khris Davis homered to help Kendall Graveman get the first win by an Oakland starter in more than three weeks as the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Thursday night.

Graveman (3-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to get the first win for an A’s starter since June 1 after the rotation had combined to go 0-9 in the previous 17 games.

Semien hit a three-run shot off Tim Lincecum (1-1) in Oakland’s four-run second. Davis’ solo shot in the fifth made it 5-2.

Sean Doolittle gave up a two-run homer to Jeff Bandy in the ninth but held on for his fourth save.

Home plate umpire Paul Emmel was hit in the head by Jefry Marte’s bat with two outs in the ninth when the pinch-hitter lost control of it on a follow-through. Emmel fell to his knees before leaving the field with a towel held to his head.

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By Al Saracevic