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Angels Beat Oakland 2-1 In 11 Innings

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter's RBI single in the 11th inning helped the Angels beat the Athletics, 2-1, and sweep a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

Howie Kendrick went 3-for-6 and drove in the other run for the Angels, who overtook the Athletics for second place in the AL West, which was claimed by the Rangers earlier this week. Bobby Cassevah (1-2) grabbed the win for two innings of scoreless relief after Joel Pineiro allowed one run on five hits in a seven-inning start.

Rajai Davis went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI for the Athletics, who have lost a season-high six in a row. Mark Ellis added two hits in defeat.

Bobby Cramer pitched well in the start, yielding one run, three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 frames. Brad Ziegler (3-7) took the loss.

With Ziegler on the mound in the 11th, Jeff Mathis singled with one out, and Kendrick notched an infield single when Ellis couldn't handle a sharply hit ground ball.

Hunter stepped up and lined a shot through the infield and into left-center, easily scoring Mathis with the game-winning run.

The Angels jumped on top in the third.

Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger both walked to begin the inning, and Peter Bourjos put down a successful bunt to move the runners to second and third. Kendrick followed with an RBI groundout for the game's first run.

The A's came back to tie the game in the fifth. Chris Carter singled -- his first hit on the road after 38 unsuccessful at-bats -- and moved to second when the hit wasn't fielded cleanly. Davis followed with an RBI double two batters later for a 1-1 contest.

Los Angeles loaded the bases with one out in both the ninth and 10th innings, but couldn't push the winning run across.

Cassevah earned his first major league win...Oakland is 4-7 in extra-inning games, while the Angels are 8-7...Los Angeles won the season series, 11-8...Carter's 0-for-38 skid on the road was the longest in A's history.


Today's Angels-A's Lineups

Here are today's lineups for the Angels' final home game of the season:

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

Bourjos CF
Kendrick 2B
Hunter DH
Napoli 1B
Rivera LF
Izturis 3B
Aybar SS
Trumbo RF
Conger C
Pineiro P


Angels Send Pineiro To Mound In Final Home Game Of The Year

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may have failed in their quest to capture a fourth consecutive American League West title, but the team still has a chance to finish ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the division.

Second place in the West will be on the line this afternoon at Angel Stadium, where the home team has its sights set on a three-game sweep of the struggling Athletics.

Anaheim had lost four in a row heading into this set, but has prevailed in each of the first two matchups to pull even with Oakland in the standings with identical 77-80 records. The Angels came through with a 4-2 victory last night, scoring two times in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a one- run deficit.

With Anaheim trailing 2-1 in its half of the sixth, Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter had back-to-back singles and Mike Napoli followed with a base hit to bring home Abreu with the tying run. Hunter then crossed the plate on Hideki Matsui's ground out for a 3-2 advantage.

The rally made a winner of Dan Haren (4-4), with the former Oakland hurler holding his ex-team to two runs on six hits while striking out five over the first six innings. Three Angel relievers combined to shut the A's out the rest of the way, with Fernando Rodney notching his 14th save with a scoreless ninth.

Dallas Braden (10-14) took the loss for Oakland after allowing four runs (three earned) and 10 hits in seven innings of work. Kevin Kouzmanoff had a solo homer in the setback, while Mark Ellis finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single for the Athletics.

Oakland has now dropped five straight games, matching its longest skid of the season.

"We're obviously losing ground," Braden told afterward. "As hard as it is to play for second place, we've still got jobs to do, and you don't ever want to give a team like that the kind of chance to gain ground or potentially pass you up."

The Angels will send out Joel Pineiro today in hopes of completing the series sweep, with the veteran right-hander set to make his third start since coming off the disabled list earlier this month.

Pineiro hasn't registered a decision in either outing following his return from an oblique strain which sidelined him for two months, but pitched well both times. He surrendered two runs in six innings at Tampa Bay on September 18, then limited the Chicago White Sox to a run and four hits over eight frames this past Friday, with 17 of those 24 outs recorded on ground balls.

The offseason addition owns a 9-8 record with a 4.29 earned run average in 24 lifetime appearances (19 starts) against Oakland and fired a four-hit shutout to defeat the A's in Anaheim back on May 16.

Oakland hands the ball to Bobby Cramer, an Anaheim native who will be pitching in his home city for the first time and makes the fourth start of his brief big-league career.

The 30-year-old, who spent the 2005 and '06 seasons out of professional baseball and had been pitching in an independent league before signing with the Athletics last season, earned a callup to the majors when rosters expanded this month and won his first two starts. After limiting Kansas City to a run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings in his September 13 debut, Cramer permitted two runs in 5 2/3 frames to best AL Central champion Minnesota on the road six days later.

The left-hander's most recent effort didn't go as well, as Cramer was reached for four runs in six innings in a home loss to playoff-bound Texas on Friday. He served up two homers in that game and has allowed five in only 17 innings at the major league level.

The Angels have won 10 of their 18 meetings with Oakland so far this season, and the A's have lost six of eight games to the Angels held at the Big A in 2010.

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