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.
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.
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.