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Athletics spray 16 hits, break tie in seventh to defeat Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When the Oakland Athletics finally scored their first run of 2009, there was a sense of relief.

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"You could just feel everybody kind of relax," said Jason Giambi, who had three of Oakland's 16 hits Tuesday night in a 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Angels. "We pushed that first run across and it was like, 'OK, now we're on the board. Now we can go. We're not going to be shut out again.'

"Once we did that, I think everything started to take off."

The A's managed only three hits in the season opener the previous night, a 3-0 loss to the Angels.

Jack Cust had three hits and drove in two runs, and Ryan Sweeney also had three hits for the A's in the victory.

"Give credit to their guys. They kept the pressure on us when they were in the batter's box," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They've got some veteran hitters in that lineup, and they adjusted to our pitching and got back on top."

Oakland starter Trevor Cahill worked five innings in his major league debut, allowing three runs, two earned, and five hits. The 21-year-old right-hander issued five walks, one intentional, and struck out one.

"I was kind of putting the pressure on myself the whole game, getting behind and walking guys and having guys on base in every inning," Cahill said. "I just got out of some jams, luckily. I gave up a few runs, but it could have been a lot worse. There were more emotions last night and today leading up to the game than the game itself. It couldn't come soon enough, and I just wanted to get it out of the way.

"I was excited. It was everything I thought it would be."

Cahill skipped Triple-A ball during his rapid ascension through the minors, and Oakland manager Bob Geren liked his composure in his first appearance.

"He seemed pretty calm. All the way until I took him out, he seemed very in the moment and nothing seemed to bother him," Geren said. "This was a good first step for him."

Oakland pushed across two runs in the seventh inning against Kevin Jepsen (0-1) to take a 5-3 lead. Eric Chavez had a run-scoring fielder's choice and Cust picked up his second RBI of the game with a broken-bat bloop single to center field. Giambi added an RBI double in the eighth.

Brad Ziegler gave up Bobby Abreu's RBI single in the ninth inning before striking out Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter to earn his first save.

Michael Wuertz (0-1) pitched a scoreless sixth inning to get the victory.

Dustin Moseley gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings for the Angels.

Kendry Morales singled in Hunter in the fifth to tie it at 3. The run was unearned because of a two-base error by Cust, who dropped Guerrero's fly to short right-center leading off the inning.

Cust, Travis Buck and Mark Ellis had run-scoring singles in the fourth to give Oakland a 3-2 lead. Nomar Garciaparra began the rally with a leadoff hit, one of four singles off Moseley in the inning.

Los Angeles manufactured a run to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Chone Figgins walked, stole second and went to third on Howie Kendrick's fly to the warning track in right. He scored on Abreu's groundout.

Jeff Mathis led off the Angels' second with a double, advanced to third on Erick Aybar's sacrifice and raced home on a wild pitch by Cahill.

Notes

  • Oakland's Matt Holliday sat out, with Geren saying the left fielder just didn't feel well. Buck replaced him.
  • Los Angeles CF Hunter was presented his eighth consecutive Gold Glove in a pregame ceremony.
  • The Angels went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
 
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Jason Giambi strokes his first base hit since returning to the A's, then gets two more.  (Getty Images)
Jason Giambi strokes his first base hit since returning to the A's, then gets two more. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Cust
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
Ryan Sweeney, CF-RF5230012 .333
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000113 .125
Jason Giambi, DH5131002 .375
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5120004 .222
Eric Chavez, 3B5011011 .250
Jack Cust, RF4132010 .600
    Rajai Davis, PR-CF1000001 .000
Kurt Suzuki, C5110003 .125
Travis Buck, LF4011101 .250
Mark Ellis, 2B5021013 .250
Totals43616625  
Batting
2B - Ryan Sweeney (1, Oliver), Jason Giambi (1, Oliver), Eric Chavez (1, Bulger), Mark Ellis (1, Moseley)
RBI - Jason Giambi (1), Eric Chavez (1), Jack Cust 2 (2), Travis Buck (1), Mark Ellis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (1), Jack Cust (1), Mark Ellis (1)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Jack Cust (1, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill 5532510 3.60
Michael Wuertz (W,1-0) 1100020 0.00
Santiago Casilla (H,1) 2000110 0.00
Brad Ziegler (S,1) 1211020 9.00
IBB - Morales by Trevor Cahill
WP - Trevor Cahill (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 102-57, Michael Wuertz 14-10, Santiago Casilla 26-14, Brad Ziegler 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 7-7, Michael Wuertz 1-0, Santiago Casilla 2-3, Brad Ziegler 1-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 25, Michael Wuertz 4, Santiago Casilla 7, Brad Ziegler 5
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4210102 .143
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000113 .250
Bobby Abreu, RF5012012 .222
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4010111 .375
Torii Hunter, CF5110013 .222
Kendry Morales, 1B3021100 .286
Juan Rivera, LF4000016 .250
Jeff Mathis, C3110110 .333
Erick Aybar, SS2010101 .200
Totals3448366  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (1, Cahill), Kendry Morales (1, Cahill), Jeff Mathis (1, Cahill), Erick Aybar (1, Wuertz)
SH - Erick Aybar (1)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 2 (2), Kendry Morales (1)
SB - Chone Figgins (1, 2nd base off Cahill/Suzuki)
CS - Kendry Morales (1, 2nd base by Cahill/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 10
Los Angeles Angels
Dustin Moseley 6933040 4.50
Kevin Jepsen (L,0-1) 1422000 18.00
Darren Oliver 0.2211100 13.50
Jason Bulger 1.1100110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 105-70, Kevin Jepsen 23-16, Darren Oliver 20-12, Jason Bulger 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 5-9, Kevin Jepsen 1-2, Darren Oliver 1-1
Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 27, Kevin Jepsen 7, Darren Oliver 5, Jason Bulger 6
Game Information
Attendance - 43396
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Charlie Reliford