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Oakland at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: C. Breslow (8-7) L: K. Jepsen (6-4)
HR: OAK - K. Suzuki (15), J. Cust (24), M. Ellis (10)   ANA - J. Rivera (24), B. Abreu (14)

Athletics 15, Angels 10

CBSSports.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jack Cust and the Oakland Athletics are making it difficult for the Los Angeles Angels to wrap up a playoff berth.

Cust homered and doubled in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning, and Oakland rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat the Angels 15-10 on Saturday night.

 Playoff Race

"You don't want to mess with a team that's out of it like they are," Los Angeles center fielder Torii Hunter said. "A lot of guys over there are fighting for positions next year, and they come hungry. I'm not saying we don't, but they're starving. They're like hyenas right now. They're playing great baseball."

The Angels, whose magic number to clinch their third straight AL West title remained at four, lost their season-high fourth straight. They were the only team in the majors that hadn't lost more than three in a row this season.

The Angels lead Texas by five games with eight to play, including a four-game set against the Rangers that begins Monday night at Angel Stadium.

"We've just got to get to our first goal. It doesn't matter when it happens, really," Angels pitcher John Lackey said.

The A's have won 11 of their last 13, a stretch that began with a three-game sweep at Texas, and they can sweep the Angels with a victory Sunday.

"It's a huge confidence booster," Oakland's Ryan Sweeney said. "To be down 9-2 in the fourth and come back and win, it's a huge win for us. We've been putting it together pretty good over the last couple of weeks. It's a little bit too late, but we've got nothing to lose right now. So we've just got to go out and try to improve and put together as many good ballgames as we can."

Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis also homered for the A's.

Rookie Kevin Jepsen (6-4) was charged with four runs and three hits in the Oakland eighth, including a tying RBI single by Suzuki after the right-hander struck out Rajai Davis and Sweeney with runners at the corners. Cust's double gave the A's an 11-10 lead, and Daric Barton greeted Matt Palmer with an RBI single before Ellis capped the rally with a three-run homer.

Craig Breslow (8-7) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory after giving up an RBI single by pinch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr. that put the Angels ahead 10-9 in the seventh.

"Tonight they hit the ball hard. They had 19 hits and there were no cheapies," Hunter said. "They beat us. If we're going to get beat, we should get beat like that."

Cust was 3 for 5 with four RBI and Barton was 4 for 5 with two RBI. Suzuki had three hits and a season-high four RBI during Oakland's 19-hit outburst, raising his team-high RBI total to 85.

"Kurt's doing an unbelievable job," Sweeney said. "He catches every single day. And to have that grind on your body and still produce the way he does is pretty impressive."

Darren Oliver relieved Lackey after five innings with a 9-6 lead and gave up two runs in the sixth. Adam Kennedy hit an RBI double and scored on a two-out wild pitch to Sweeney.

Lackey allowed six runs and 10 hits. The right-hander, who hadn't allowed a home run in his previous five starts, gave up a two-run shot by Suzuki in the first and a three-run shot by Cust in the fifth.

"That last inning I kind of got caught in a situation where I didn't want to walk anybody and threw a couple of 3-2 heaters pretty much down the middle," Lackey said. "Sometimes a team with nothing to lose is pretty dangerous. The offense was there for us today, and I stunk."

Suzuki gave the A's 2-0 lead in the first with his 15th homer after a two-out walk to Sweeney. Juan Rivera responded in the bottom half with a three-run shot over both bullpens, giving him new career highs in homers (24) and RBI (86).

All three runs off Dana Eveland in the Angels' first were unearned after shortstop Cliff Pennington botched a potential double-play grounder by Bobby Abreu when he took a throw from second baseman Ellis off the bag and wasn't able to get the out at first, either.

The Angels increased their margin to 9-2 with six runs in the fourth. Jeff Mathis hit an RBI single, and Kendrick scored when Kennedy hit him in the back with his throw to the plate after fielding Maicer Izturis' grounder. Chone Figgins chased Eveland with a two-run single and Abreu hit a two-run homer on Brad Kilby's first pitch, giving him 100 RBI for the season.


Abreu needs one stolen base to become the second player in the Angels' 49-year history with at least 100 RBI and 30 steals in the same season. Bobby Bonds had 115 RBI and 41 steals in 1977. ... Any combination of Oakland losses and Seattle wins that equals three will guarantee the A's their seventh last-place finish since division play began in 1969, and their first since 1998.
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Players of the Game

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1

C. Figgins
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5331100 .293
Rajai Davis, CF6110034 .313
Ryan Sweeney, RF5220122 .295
Kurt Suzuki, C4334100 .272
Jack Cust, DH6234013 .243
Daric Barton, 1B5142000 .281
Mark Ellis, 2B5113003 .269
Eric Patterson, LF3100202 .264
Cliff Pennington, SS5120012 .280
2B - Adam Kennedy (29, Oliver), Kurt Suzuki (36, Bulger), Jack Cust (16, Jepsen), Daric Barton (10, Lackey), Cliff Pennington (10, Jepsen)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (15, Lackey), Jack Cust (24, Lackey), Mark Ellis (10, Palmer)
SF - Kurt Suzuki (7)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (62), Kurt Suzuki 4 (85), Jack Cust 4 (69), Daric Barton 2 (21), Mark Ellis 3 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki 3 (28), Jack Cust (28), Daric Barton (6), Mark Ellis 3 (30)
SB - Eric Patterson (5, 2nd base off Oliver/Mathis)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Pennington-Ellis-Barton, Pennington-Barton
E - Adam Kennedy (19, Throwing), Cliff Pennington (6, Missed catch of throw)
Oakland Athletics
Dana Eveland 3.1585411 7.09
Brad Kilby 1.2311121 0.69
Brad Ziegler 1.2011130 3.10
Craig Breslow (W,8-7) 1.1200120 3.39
Andrew Bailey 1000110 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 79-44, Brad Kilby 38-25, Brad Ziegler 29-18, Craig Breslow 31-19, Andrew Bailey 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 8-1, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Andrew Bailey 1-1
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 19, Brad Kilby 9, Brad Ziegler 6, Craig Breslow 7, Andrew Bailey 4
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4222102 .302
Bobby Abreu, RF4122110 .292
Torii Hunter, CF5010024 .299
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4100134 .293
Juan Rivera, LF5113013 .287
Kendry Morales, 1B3200210 .299
Howie Kendrick, 2B3120200 .298
Jeff Mathis, C3111012 .211
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1011000 .249
    Bobby Wilson, C0000000 .000
   b- Erick Aybar, PH1000001 .302
Maicer Izturis, SS4101102 .293
a-singled for Mathis in the 7th
b-grounded out for Wilson in the 9th
2B - Howie Kendrick (20, Kilby)
HR - Bobby Abreu (14, Kilby), Juan Rivera (24, Eveland)
RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (53), Bobby Abreu 2 (100), Juan Rivera 3 (86), Jeff Mathis (27), Gary Matthews Jr. (47), Maicer Izturis (61)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera 3 (40), Gary Matthews Jr. (33)
SB - Howie Kendrick (11, 3rd base off Kilby/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 51066122 3.77
Darren Oliver (H,17) 1122120 2.74
Jason Bulger (BS,3) 1211010 3.38
Kevin Jepsen (BS,1; L,6-4) 0.2344120 4.91
Matt Palmer 0.1222101 4.17
Sean O'Sullivan 1100100 6.45
WP - Darren Oliver (7), Kevin Jepsen (5)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 92-62, Darren Oliver 28-19, Jason Bulger 22-13, Kevin Jepsen 30-17, Matt Palmer 11-5, Sean O'Sullivan 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 6-6, Darren Oliver 1-0, Jason Bulger 1-1, Matt Palmer 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 25, Darren Oliver 5, Jason Bulger 5, Kevin Jepsen 6, Matt Palmer 4, Sean O'Sullivan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41014
Game Time - 3:49
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Tim McClelland