Hunter, Mathis Lead Angels Eighth-Inning Rally In Win Over Oakland

The Angels are 3-3 against the A's this season.

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Hunter, Mathis Lead Angels Over A's, 4-1

Torii Hunter's tie-breaking RBI double keyed a three-run eighth-inning rally, leading the Angels to a 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics Monday night in Anaheim. Jeff Mathis also delivered a two-run single in the eighth, which broke open a pitchers' duel. Both Jered Weaver and Josh Outman pitched seven strong innings.

The Angels scored one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Bobby Abreu, scoring Maicer Izturis. Oakland tied it up with a sacrifice fly from Hideki Matsui in the third inning, scoring Coco Crisp. Weaver allowed just one run in seven innings, walking three and striking out five. He took a no-decision for the first time in 11 starts this season.

Outman was making his first major league appearance since June 2009, having recovered from Tommy John surgery. Outman also allowed one run in seven innings, walking three and striking out two.Crisp had two hits, including a double, and a walk, for the A's.

Jordan Walden pitched a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save of the season for the Angels. Hunter and Mathis each had two hits for the Angels. Dan Haren gets the call for the Angels on Tuesday night in the second game of the series, against Guillermo Moscoso, who will be making his first major league start for the A's.

For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Athletics: Jered Weaver Looks For First Win In May

The Angels, who were swept in a brief two-game series last week in Oakland, look to return the favor beginning Monday night in the opener of a three-game series with the Athletics. Jered Weaver starts for the Angels, looking for his first win in May. Josh Outman makes his return from Tommy John surgery for Oakland, making his first start since mid-2009.

Weaver was 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA in April, but in May he is 0-4 with a 5.25 ERA. Part of the turnaround is bad luck, as Weaver had a 2.05 FIP and 2.81 xFIP in April and a 3.28 FIP and 3.67 xFIP in May. There has been some decline, but not as drastic as 6-0 to 0-4. Weaver shutout the A's on April 25 in Anaheim.

Outman was recalled from Triple A Sacramento today, making his first major league start since June 19, 2009. To make room for Outman, Oakland designated Jerry Blevins for assignment. At 24-24, the Angels are a half-game behind Texas for first place in the AL West.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCOP. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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