With two down in the ninth, Giavotella crushed one to left field off A's closer Tyler Clippard. A home run would have catapulted the Angels back in front, but Sam Fuld reeled it in on the warning track to preserve a 3-2 series-clinching win for Oakland at the Coliseum on Sunday.
"I hit it pretty good," Giavotella said. "I'm a little guy, so I don't have the most power in the world, so it didn't surprise me that it didn't get out."
That was the theme all day for the Angels, a storyline not unlike the one a day earlier when they had their chances but couldn't capitalize. On Sunday, the Angels finished 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.
A's starter Scott Kazmir, who hadn't beaten the Angels since 2008 and had a career 7.56 ERA against them, tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball en route to his fourth win.
Though Kazmir ultimately prevailed, the Angels had their share of chances.
In the first, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout singled, but Pujols flied out and David Freese struck out and slammed his bat to the ground. On Pujols' deep fly ball, he said he hit Kazmir's changeup with a broken bat, which turned "decent" contact into an undesirable result.