Angels Rally In Seventh Inning To Snap Four-Game Losing Skid

Michael Kohn picked up his second big league win with a scoreless inning in relief.

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Angels Rally For 6-5 Win Over A's

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Erick Aybar drove in two runs, including one when he was hit by a Justin James pitch during a three-run seventh inning, as the Angels held off the Oakland Athletics, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game series.

Maicer Izturis had two hits, an RBI and scored once for Los Angeles, which snapped a four-game skid.

Ervin Santana allowed 10 hits and four runs over six innings in the start for the Angels, while Michael Kohn (2-0) picked up the victory after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh.

Jeremy Hermida homered for the A's, who left 16 men on base and lost their fourth in a row. Brett Anderson surrendered seven hits and four runs over 6 1/3 frames in the start. Brad Ziegler (3-6) suffered the loss.

Pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui lined a single to center to drive in Bobby Abreu in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game 4-4. Izturis walked to load the bases and then Aybar was brushed by a pitch on his jersey. Pinch-hitter Hank Conger walked to score Mark Trumbo before Ross Wolf finally pitched out of the inning by retiring Peter Bourjos on a fly ball to center.

Kurt Suzuki tripled in Jack Cust in the eighth, but was left stranded when Hermida fanned with runners at the corners.

Fernando Rodney gave up a single to Cliff Pennington with one out in the ninth. Daric Barton walked with two outs, but Mark Ellis grounded out to end the game, as Rodney picked up his 13th save.

Suzuki's sacrifice foul out scored Daric Barton in the first inning, and Hermida homered during a two-run second.

Izturis and Howie Kendrick had RBI singles during a three-run bottom of the second, but the A's went back on top, 4-3, in the fourth on Cust's run-scoring base hit.

The Angels lead the season series, 9-8...Ellis, Cust and Pennington had three hits...Abreu has played in 149 games. With one more game played, he will match Willie Mays' record for most consecutive seasons (13) with 150-plus games played...Ellis is hitting .407 (37-for-91) this month.

For more Angels news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Athletics: Tonight's Lineups: Aybar & Izturis Return

Here are tonight's lineups:

Athletics
Davis CF
Barton 1B
Ellis 2B
Cust DH
Suzuki C
Kouzmanoff 3B
Hermida RF
Carter LF
Pennington SS
Anderson P

Angels
Bourjos CF
Kendrick 2B
Abreu DH
Hunter RF
Rivera LF
Napoli 1B
Izturis 3B
Aybar SS
Wilson C
Santana P

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Ervin Santana Goes For 18th Win As Angels Host A's

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels find themselves mired in a four- game losing streak, but having Ervin Santana around for a matchup with the Oakland Athletics seems to give the club an excellent chance of ending that skid.

Santana seeks an 18th victory of the season and will attempt to build to his already excellent career numbers against Oakland when the standout hurler takes the mound for tonight's opener of a three-game series between the American League West rivals from Angel Stadium.

The Angels right-hander established a new career best for wins with a stellar performance against the playoff-bound Texas Rangers on Tuesday, firing a five- hit shutout and racking up eight strikeouts to improve his season ledger to 17-9. It's the fourth straight winning decision for Santana, and he's registered a 2.13 earned run average over that five-start span.

Santana has been even better when taking on the A's during his six-year tenure in the big leagues, with the 2008 AL All-Star having generated a 12-3 mark along with a sensational 1.80 ERA in 20 lifetime appearances (18 starts) against Oakland. He bested the Athletics once again earlier this month by allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings in a September 5 verdict at the Coliseum.

The native Dominican will be trying to get his team back on track after it suffered its fourth straight defeat on Sunday, when the Chicago White Sox scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 4-3 triumph and a sweep of the three-game weekend set.

Juan Pierre tied the contest at 3-3 with an RBI triple off Angels starter Jered Weaver in the seventh, and Omar Vizquel followed with a single to plate Pierre with the go-ahead run.

The Angels gave Weaver an early advantage by scoring three times in the bottom of the first, but managed just five hits the rest of the way and stranded seven baserunners for the game.

"We didn't execute on the offensive side," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We had a lot of young guys out there going through some growing pains."

Torii Hunter and Hank Conger both had two hits and an RBI for Anaheim, which fell to 75-80 overall and is danger of its first losing campaign since 2003, with Bobby Abreu delivering a run-scoring double during the first-inning outburst.

Weaver (13-12) struck out nine without a walk over 6 2/3 innings, but was reached for all four runs (three earned) to receive the loss.

The A's have been in a rut of their own at the moment, having dropped the final three tests of their four-game home set with the AL West champion Rangers. Texas flexed its offensive muscles in Sunday's finale, pounding out 22 hits and belting four homers in a 16-9 shellacking at the Coliseum.

Oakland ace Trevor Cahill (17-8) was battered for seven runs and 12 hits over the first four innings, with the 2010 All-Star serving up two of Texas' four long balls on the day.

"Things just didn't go real well," said Cahill afterward. "They hit some good pitches. I couldn't get some of those balls to go right to guys and I made some mistakes and they hurt me. Just not an overall good day at the yard."

The Athletics trailed 9-1 before scoring six times in the bottom of the eighth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Steven Tolleson, to get back in it. However, Texas answered with seven runs in the top of the ninth to put the game back out of reach.

Matt Carson also homered for Oakland, while Rajai Davis went 4-for-6 and knocked in a pair of runs. Gabe Gross added two hits, including a two-RBI single to ignite the eighth-inning comeback attempt.

The A's will turn to Brett Anderson tonight in hopes of ending their current slide. Judging by how the second-year big leaguer has fared recently, he should give his team a chance to break out.

Anderson is 3-0 over his last four starts and has yielded only five runs in a combined 28 innings during that strong stretch. The young lefty did not get a decision in his latest assignment, but still limited the White Sox to one run and six hits through 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Prior to that start, Anderson allowed just one run and four hits in 6 2/3 frames to hand AL Central champ Minnesota a loss in Minneapolis on September 17.

The 22-year-old has yet to face the Angels this season, but went 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA in three encounters with Anaheim as a rookie in 2009. Anderson is just 2-4 in eight road starts this year, despite having recorded a solid 3.10 ERA in those games.

These divisional foes have split 16 meetings so far this season, but Oakland has won four of the last five clashes. The Athletics have lost four of six games to the Angels held at the Big A in 2010, however.

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