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Kielty's 11th-inning homer carries A's past Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bobby Kielty had no intention of waiting to see whether Francisco Rodriguez threw another ball on a 2-0 count. He was eager to jump on a fastball.

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Kielty's homer leading off the 11th inning carried Oakland to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and extended the Athletics' winning streak to seven.

The Angels have lost five straight, and the A's moved a season-high two games ahead of Los Angeles in the AL West.

"Obviously, he's one of the best pitchers in the game," Kielty said. "He got to 2-0. I wanted to see a fastball, and I was going to go hack no matter what.

"Sometimes that's a case where you might take a pitch and see if he goes 3-0, but in that situation against a guy like that, you want to try to get a fastball. He threw a good pitch to hit and I was able to capitalize on it."

That one swing proved the difference in a taut game that featured masterful performances by both teams' aces, Barry Zito of Oakland and Bartolo Colon of Los Angeles.

Zito gave up only three hits, walked two and struck out nine in nine innings, with one of the hits Robb Quinlan's solo homer in the eighth.

Colon allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three in his 9 1/3 inning stint, the Angels' longest since Mark Langston went 10 innings in a 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 27, 1992.

Oakland's only run off Colon came on Dan Johnson's RBI single in the fourth.

"I probably would have paid to go see that one," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "You've got a premier matchup with two of the best pitchers in the league right now."

Zito figured it would be a good matchup.

"You know going up against a Cy Young candidate that it's going to be a close one, so you've just got to go out and attack the hitters and hopefully come out on top," said Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner.

He expects more of the same in the remaining games against the Angels.

"It's probably going to be pitchers' duels from here on out -- in this series, and then we've got them at home for four," he said, referring to the series at Oakland from Sept. 26-29.

Kiko Calero (4-1) pitched the 10th inning to get the win, then Huston Street pitched the 11th for his 18th save in 22 chances. With runners on second and first, Street got Vladimir Guerrero on a game-ending grounder to second.

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was frustrated that the Angels wasted Colon's fine outing.

"I don't think there's any way to sugarcoat it, our offense has been soft," Scioscia said. "Bartolo couldn't have pitched any better.

"Zito has pitched a lot of good games, but I know if I've ever seen him pitch a better game. Everything was working for him. Bart matched him pitch for pitch, but we couldn't come up with any offense."

Oakland won in extra innings for the second time in as many days, and is 10-3 overall.

Notes

  • Los Angeles 3B Dallas McPherson had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur and clean out the joint in his left hip. McPherson is expected to be on crutches for up to 10 weeks before beginning rehab.
  • Oakland SS Bobby Crosby sat out his third straight game because of a bruised left ankle.
  • A's CF Mark Kotsay missed his second game with back soreness and will return to Oakland to be examined.
  • The Angels acquired LHP Jason Christiansen from San Francisco for two minor leaguers, LHP Dusty Bergman and RHP Ronnie Ray. After the game, the Angels optioned RHP Joel Peralta to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Christiansen.
 
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Bobby Kielty homers to lead off the 11th inning, giving the A's their seventh straight win. (Getty Images)
Bobby Kielty homers to lead off the 11th inning, giving the A's their seventh straight win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

B. Colon
IP 9.1
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
Oakland

B. Zito
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 9
 

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Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C5010001 .260
Mark Ellis, 2B5000011 .301
Eric Chavez, 3B4110001 .278
Dan Johnson, 1B4021010 .310
    Freddie Bynum, PR-LF0000000 .000
Scott Hatteberg, DH3020000 .273
Jay Payton, CF4000003 .276
Nick Swisher, RF-1B3000111 .246
Bobby Kielty, LF-RF4111010 .261
Marco Scutaro, SS4000002 .243
Totals36272149 
Batting
2B - Eric Chavez (31, Colon), Dan Johnson (18, Colon)
HR - Bobby Kielty (8, Rodriguez)
SH - Scott Hatteberg (1)
RBI - Dan Johnson (44), Bobby Kielty (54)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Scutaro-Johnson
E - Jason Kendall (5, Wild throw)
Oakland Athletics
Barry Zito 9311291 3.37
Kiko Calero (W,4-1) 1100010 3.53
Huston Street (S,18) 1000200 1.23
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 115-76, Kiko Calero 14-7, Huston Street 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 9-8, Kiko Calero 1-1, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 31, Kiko Calero 4, Huston Street 5
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF3000220 .284
Orlando Cabrera, SS5000002 .254
Garret Anderson, LF4010100 .285
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5000013 .312
Bengie Molina, C3010111 .308
Darin Erstad, 1B4010012 .281
Juan Rivera, DH3000011 .263
   a- Casey Kotchman, PH-DH1000001 .239
Robb Quinlan, 3B4111031 .235
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000010 .315
Totals3614141011 
a-flied out for J. Rivera in the 10th
Batting
HR - Robb Quinlan (2, Zito)
RBI - Robb Quinlan (6)
SB - Chone Figgins (45, 2nd base off Street/Kendall), Darin Erstad (9, 3rd base off Calero/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Erstad, Cabrera-Erstad, Quinlan-Kennedy-Erstad, Cabrera-Kennedy-Erstad
E - Adam Kennedy (5, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon 9.1611130 3.23
Francisco Rodriguez (L,2-4) 1.2111011 3.02
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 93-67, Francisco Rodriguez 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 16-6
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 32, Francisco Rodriguez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42176
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Rob Drake