If the Angels are going to make a run in the second half, their stars need to lead the way.

And on Friday night, in a 4-1 victory over the American League West-leading Athletics at Angel Stadium, Jered Weaver, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton did exactly that.

Trout, Pujols and Hamilton combined for five hits, two home runs and three RBIs, Weaver threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and the Angels snapped their three-game losing streak in front of an announced crowd of 43,515 -- the club's fourth sellout of the season.

While every win is important, this opened a stretch with 13 of 20 games against either Oakland or Texas, the two teams the Angels are chasing in the standings.

"The standings right now are there," said Mike Scioscia, who became the 39th manager (fifth active) to reach 1,200 wins. "They are what they are. We dug a big hole and we know what we're up against and we also know it's doable. We have a lot of confidence in our team going the way we can."

Weaver, who ended the first half by allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to Seattle, returned to his dominant self against Oakland.

"You want to try to utilize all your pitches throughout the course of a game," Weaver said. "Certain pitches weren't there early, but I was able to get them later on. Slider was really effective, was able to throw that to both lefties and righties."

The Angels' ace threw a season-high 118 pitches, recorded a season-high eight strikeouts, scattered four hits and has now thrown 24 straight scoreless innings against Oakland.

"I think that you match up well against certain teams, and Oakland is a team that I've had some success against," Weaver said.

As Weaver was shutting down the Athletics -- who had to scratch Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes because of soreness in his left wrist -- the Angels' offense put together its own power display against Oakland starter A.J. Griffin.

"I gave up three home runs, but I felt I was executing pitches pretty well," Griffin said. "It was just not our day. Weaver was on; he was really spotting up on that white line. It's just frustrating to me."

Griffin, who has surrendered 22 home runs this season, gave up solo shots to Erick Aybar, Pujols and Trout.