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Redman's first career win over Angels gets A's back on track

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If Mark Redman pitched more than every five days, the Oakland Athletics might win more often.

Redman beat the Angels for the first time in five career decisions, Scott Hatteberg hit a pair of sacrifice flies and Oakland defeated Anaheim 7-1 Wednesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

"It's always nice to get a win when we've been struggling on the road," Redman said. "Maybe the odds were on my side. I just ran into some bad luck against them in the past. I wanted to get that chip off my shoulder."

Redman (6-3) allowed one run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one in his seventh start against the Angels. The left-hander pitched Oakland to its only other victory on the current road trip, beating the Chicago White Sox 2-1 last week.

"Great performance," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "I don't know where we'd be without him."

Damian Miller's RBI double tied the game 1-all in the fourth inning against Kelvim Escobar (4-4). Oakland took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on Mark Kotsay's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Hatteberg.

"We had an opportunity to take the lead and we ran with it," said Kotsay, who was 3-for-4 with a walk. "It was a big team effort all the way around."

Oakland backed up Redman with solid defense, including an unorthodox double play in the sixth as the Angels ran themselves out of a potentially big inning. David Eckstein led off with a single and tried to score on Vladimir Guerrero's one-out double over the head of Kotsay.

But shortstop Bobby Crosby's relay throw erased Eckstein at the plate, and Guerrero, who had three hits, was tagged out by Crosby after straying too far off second.

"That was a great one," Redman said. "I didn't get to see much of it because I was running all over the place. I was running to go back up home and I was running to go back up third, trying to do what I'm supposed to do after I give up a hit."

Macha said, "We may not see that again this year or next."

Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia liked his team's aggressiveness, even though it didn't work out.

"It was a momentum changer," he said. "A relay throw that looked like it was off-line and missed the first cutoff man, but they did a great job of recovering to get Eck at the plate."

The Athletics made it 5-1 in the seventh on Erubiel Durazo's RBI single off reliever Kevin Gregg and Crosby's grounder that scored Hatteberg.

They took a 7-1 lead in the eighth on Hatteberg's sacrifice fly and Bengie Molina's passed ball.

Oakland ended a five-game losing streak against the Angels, and won for just the second time in nine games.

The Athletics' victory kept them a game behind Texas in the AL West, and dropped Anaheim 1½ games off the pace.

"We chipped away, a little hit here, a little hit there," Macha said. "When you're struggling, every game is big."

Escobar gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked three. The right-hander hasn't won since June 3 against Cleveland.

"I'm kind of disappointed. I know I can do better than I did," Escobar said. "I just have to stay focused pitch by pitch and make better pitches when I need to. In the fifth inning, my mechanics got a little bit rough, but you have to be able to make adjustments."

The Angels' run came in the third on Eckstein's RBI single.

Angels first baseman Darin Erstad left in the second inning after he dislocated the third knuckle on his middle finger on a checked swing against Redman. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays, which were negative.

"It popped out and then it popped back in," Erstad said. "It's good now, but it's just swollen. I've had dislocated fingers before -- not baseball-related stuff -- and they usually bounce back pretty quick."

Notes

  • The Angels scored 16 runs in the previous two games against Oakland.
  • The Athletics scored seven runs after getting just 10 in their four previous games.
  • Anaheim RHP Bobby Jenks was activated from the minor league DL and transferred to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
  • Robb Quinlan replaced Erstad.
  • The announced attendance of 42,774 was Anaheim's 23rd sellout this season. The club had a record 25 sellouts last season.


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Oakland starter Mark Redman allows only one Anaheim run while pitching into the eighth inning.
Oakland starter Mark Redman allows only one Anaheim run while pitching into the eighth inning.(AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

D. Eckstein
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

D. Miller
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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RBI - Mark Kotsay (23), Scott Hatteberg 2 (44), Erubiel Durazo (35), Bobby Crosby (27), Damian Miller (30)
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Mark Redman (W,6-3) 7.1711160 3.83
Chad Bradford 0.2000000 5.23
Jim Mecir 1100010 5.68
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Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 98-61, Chad Bradford 10-6, Jim Mecir 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 5-8, Jim Mecir 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 27, Chad Bradford 2, Jim Mecir 4
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Garret Anderson, CF4000022 .336
Jose Guillen, LF4000001 .289
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Tim Salmon, DH3000021 .222
Bengie Molina, C3120000 .289
Adam Kennedy, 2B3000012 .231
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Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (24, Redman), Bengie Molina (7, Redman)
RBI - David Eckstein (15)
Team LOB - 5
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PB - Bengie Molina (5)
E - Chone Figgins (8, Wild throw)
Anaheim Angels
Kelvim Escobar (L,4-4) 6633360 3.56
Kevin Gregg 1.2543110 3.83
Derrick Turnbow 1.1000110 0.00
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 8-5, Kevin Gregg 2-2, Derrick Turnbow 2-1
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 28, Kevin Gregg 11, Derrick Turnbow 5
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Attendance - 42774
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jack Samuels, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Meals