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Ervin Santana Gets The Win As Angels Beat Oakland 4-1

The Angels pounded out 10 hits, including back-to-back home runs by Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo in the 5th inning against one of the top pitchers in the AL this season.  Trevor Cahill (6-2) had entered the game ranked #2 in ERA in the AL, but he issued a season-high 5 walks to go along with 10 hits in his 6 innings of work.

Ervin Santana (3-4) won his second consecutive decision after winning just once in his first 9 starts.  Santana went 6 innings, giving up one run on six hits, while striking out 6 and walking 2.  Three relievers pitched 3 innings of shutout baseball to hold onto the win and giving the Angels a 4-2 record for their current 7-game home stand.  Jordan Waldon pitched a perfect 9th to record his 10th save.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Peter Bourjos reached first on a 2-out groundball to shortstop Chad Pennington.  Pennington's throw pulled first baseman Daric Barton off the bag allowing Hank Conger to score from third on the play.  Oakland tied the game in the 5th on a Coco Crisp double off the centerfield wall.  Andy LaRouche scored from second, but Pennington was gunned down at the plate on a nice relay throw from second baseman Alexi Amarista to end the inning.

With the scored tied at 1-1, Torii Hunter homered to deep left field (413 feet) putting the Halos ahead for good.  Callaspo followed Hunter's blast with one of his own, a 384 foot bomb to right.  Reggie Willits finished off the Angels coring with  his first hit of the season, a 2-out double to right-center that scored Mark Trumbo.

The Angels and Athletics play the final game of their 4-game series Thursday afternoon.  The 1:05 game will feature Joel Pineiro (2-0, 2.67 ERA) going for the Halos against Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.18 ERA)