A's Rally Late To Beat Angels

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rajai Davis tied the score with a two-run single in the seventh inning and pinch-runner Eric Patterson scored the go-ahead run on an infield out in the eighth, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

Maicer Izturis hit a two-run homer for the Angels, whose seventh loss in 10 games reduced their AL West lead over Texas to four after the Rangers' 3-0 win at Minnesota.

Jose Arredondo inherited a 3-0 lead from Angels starter Jered Weaver after six innings, but the A's promptly loaded the bases with none out in the seventh and all three runners ended up scoring.

Mark Ellis, who triggered the rally with a single, came home on a wild pitch as Arredondo bounced an 0-2 delivery about three feet in front of the plate to Adam Kennedy before striking him out. Davis then greeted Rafael Rodriguez (0-1) with a single up the middle to tie it. Davis' three hits gave him a .325 average in his last 66 games, after he batted just .146 through his first 26 contests.

Rodriguez gave up a walk to Jack Cust and a single to Scott Hairston to open the eighth. Patterson ran for Cust, and both runners advanced on Ryan Sweeney's sacrifice bunt before Patterson scored the go-ahead run on a groundout to the right side of the infield.

Brad Ziegler (2-4) pitched a perfect seventh inning for the win. The right-hander, who was charged with four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning during Friday's 11-7 loss, has a 3.20 ERA since beginning his big league career with a modern major league-record 39-inning scoreless streak.

Michael Wuertz worked a perfect eighth and rookie Andrew Bailey got three outs for his 20th save in 24 attempts. He gave up a one-out infield single to Chone Figgins, who tried to tag up on Bobby Abreu's fly to left, but was thrown out by Hairston to end the game.

Bailey is the second rookie in Oakland history with at least 20 saves in a season, joining Huston Street, who had 23 in 2005.

Weaver allowed four hits and two walks, struck out three and stranded runners in scoring position three times.

Oakland rookie Vin Mazzaro allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings and struck out four. Abreu opened the scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly, and the Angels made it 3-0 in the fourth when Kendry Morales singled and Izturis followed with a drive that reached the seats in the right field corner.

The home run was the eighth this season for the five-year veteran, one fewer than he hit in 626 at-bats over the previous two seasons combined.

A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Jon Wilhite, the only survivor from the car crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other friends in the early morning hours of April 9 when a drunken driver broadsided them.

Wilhite was joined at the pitchers mound by members of his family, along with those of the late Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson. The former Cal State Fullerton catcher also threw a ceremonial first pitch at the Angels-A's game on July 18 at Oakland in memory of Adenhart, who had pitched six scoreless innings against the A's just hours before the tragedy.

Game notes
LHP Scott Kazmir is scheduled to make his Angels debut next Wednesday at Seattle on six days rest against Felix Hernandez. Kazmir, a two-time All-Star who was obtained Saturday night in a trade from Tampa Bay, took his physical Saturday at Angel Stadium and will have a bullpen session on Sunday. ... The A's are 19 1-2 games behind the Angels with more than a month to go. They have finished a season 20 or more games behind the Halos in the standings on five previous occasions -- 1964 (25), 1967 (22), 1979 (34), 1982 (25) and 2008 (24 1-2).


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