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Kendrick belts pair, helps Angels keep pace in AL West

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Erick Aybar's defense, speed and quick decision-making gave the Angels a rare late lead at the Oakland Coliseum. Howie Kendrick's power made it stand up.

Aybar scored the go-ahead run on a wild throw home in the seventh inning and Kendrick hit two home runs, including a two-run insurance blast in the ninth, to lift Los Angeles to a 6-3 victory against the Athletics on Tuesday night.

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"We need contributions from a lot of guys and we need guys to start producing the way they can," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Howie gave us a big boost with both his home runs. We need some other guys to start following suit and we can get a little more momentum going."

The Angels can't afford many hiccups down the stretch.

Los Angeles remains three games behind division-leading Texas, which beat Cleveland earlier in the day. The Angels and Rangers will finish the regular season with a three-game series in Anaheim.

Maicer Izturis added two hits and an RBI and Aybar also had two hits for the Angels, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Aybar, batting .476 over his past six games, singled leading off the seventh and was sacrificed to second. Hank Conger's hit moved Aybar to third before Izturis hit a grounder off Fautino De Los Santos (2-2) to shortstop Cliff Pennington. Aybar broke for home on the play and made it safely when Pennington's throw was wide of the plate.

"We definitely some guys to start moving forward and carrying some momentum for us in these last couple weeks," Scioscia said. "We've seen glimpses of it ... but right now there's a finite amount of games [left] and there's a premium on us scoring the runs that are going to let us get games under our control."

Hisanori Takahashi (4-3), the first of four Los Angeles relievers used in the game, pitched 1 2/3 innings for the victory while rookie Jordan Walden worked the ninth for his 30th save.

The Angels combined for seven walks but matched their season high of four double plays to limit the damage and win for only the third time in their past 13 games at the Coliseum.

It was also Los Angeles' sixth victory on the road since Aug. 1.

Kendrick hit a two-run home run in the third off starter Guillermo Moscoso, then added another two-run blast in the ninth.

"Accidents," Kendrick said. "A couple mistakes out over the plate. All I was trying to do was put a good swing on it."

Josh Willingham doubled and drove in two runs for the A's, who had won five of six against their AL West rivals before Tuesday's loss.

The A's left the bases loaded in the fifth and stranded eight runners overall.

"We had way too many opportunities to blow that game open and we didn't come through with runners in scoring position," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Guys that normally come through for us didn't, and on top of that we hit into double plays. It was a rough night for us offensively."

Neither starter was around for the decision.

Oakland's Guillermo Moscoso carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his previous start against Kansas City on Sept. 7 and retired the first six Angels before Aybar's double in the third.

Peter Bourjos followed with a foul pop-up near the Angels bullpen that first baseman Brandon Allen chased down. Aybar wisely tagged up at second and beat Allen's throw to third, then scored when the ball skipped past Oakland third baseman Scott Sizemore and Moscoso backing up on the play.

Izturis singled to keep the inning going, and Kendrick capped it with his 17th home run of the season to give the Angels a 3-0 lead.

Angels' right-hander Jerome Williams had control problems in the bottom of the frame and nearly gave it all back.

A former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants, Williams gave up an RBI double to Jemile Weeks and a bases-loaded walk to Josh Willingham -- one of three free passes he issued in the inning.

Williams continued to struggle, giving up back-to-back walks in the fifth. Josh Willingham then doubled in front of diving right fielder Torii Hunter, scoring Cliff Pennington with the tying run.

Kendrick's second home run came off reliever Michael Wuertz. The Angels slugger, who has four multi-home run games in his career, has 18 home runs this season.

Notes

  • Oakland CF Coco Crisp had an MRI on his sore right foot and Melvin said he expects Crisp play again this season.
  • Scioscia kept rookie 1B Mark Trumbo out of the lineup because he felt the veteran might be pressing a little. "This is a good time for him to catch his breath and hopefully finish strong," Scioscia said. "The last 10 at-bats you're seeing a little tighter grip on the bat. To reach our goal, we need him to get back to where he could be."
  • RHP Jered Weaver, second to Detroit's Justin Verlander for lowest ERA in the AL, will pitch for the Angels on Wednesday. Weaver (16-7) has a three-game losing streak on the road.
  • RHP Rich Harden (4-2), who last beat Los Angeles more than a year ago, will go for Oakland.
  • Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour threw out the first pitch.
 
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Howie Kendrick follows through on his second home run of the game -- a two-run insurance shot in the ninth inning.  (US Presswire)
Howie Kendrick follows through on his second home run of the game -- a two-run insurance shot in the ninth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Willingham
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, 2B5121011 .282
Howard Kendrick, 1B5224001 .291
    Efren Navarro, 1B0000000 .000
Bobby Abreu, DH4000103 .252
Torii Hunter, RF4000110 .259
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3010210 .283
Vernon Wells, LF5000005 .218
Erick Aybar, SS3220101 .275
Peter Bourjos, CF3110002 .273
Hank Conger, C3010010 .209
    Mike Trout, PR0000000 .220
    Jeff Mathis, C0000000 .181
Totals3569554  
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (35, Moscoso), Erick Aybar (28, Moscoso)
HR - Howard Kendrick 2 (18, Moscoso, Wuertz)
SH - Peter Bourjos (5), Jeff Mathis (14)
RBI - Maicer Izturis (36), Howard Kendrick 4 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Howard Kendrick 4 (25)
SB - Bobby Abreu (21, 2nd base off Wuertz/Suzuki), Peter Bourjos (20, 2nd base off Wuertz/Suzuki), Mike Trout (2, 2nd base off De Los Santos/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Aybar-Kendrick, Izturis-Aybar-Kendrick, Callaspo-Izturis-Kendrick, Aybar-Izturis-Kendrick
E - Jerome Williams (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams 4.1733540 3.90
Hisanori Takahashi (W,4-3) 1.2000110 3.63
Bobby Cassevah (H,5) 1000110 2.65
Scott Downs (H,23) 1100010 1.31
Jordan Walden (S,30) 1000010 2.45
IBB - Suzuki by Hisanori Takahashi
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 97-56, Hisanori Takahashi 24-13, Bobby Cassevah 13-6, Scott Downs 7-6, Jordan Walden 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 5-2, Hisanori Takahashi 3-1, Bobby Cassevah 1-0, Scott Downs 1-0, Jordan Walden 2-0
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 23, Hisanori Takahashi 6, Bobby Cassevah 3, Scott Downs 3, Jordan Walden 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B5111001 .301
Cliff Pennington, SS4110120 .269
Hideki Matsui, LF1010300 .263
Josh Willingham, DH3022101 .254
Scott Sizemore, 3B4000037 .240
Ryan Sweeney, CF3000003 .267
   a- Jai Miller, PH-CF1010000 .200
Kurt Suzuki, C3000111 .244
Brandon Allen, 1B4010013 .210
Michael Taylor, RF3110110 .235
Totals3138378  
a-singled for Sweeney in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jemile Weeks (23, Williams), Josh Willingham (25, Williams), Brandon Allen (8, Williams)
RBI - Jemile Weeks (29), Josh Willingham 2 (90)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Brandon Allen (4, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Guillermo Moscoso 4.2533121 3.44
Jerry Blevins 0.1000000 3.16
Fautino De Los Santos (L,2-2) 1.2211010 4.20
Craig Breslow 1.1000100 4.00
Michael Wuertz 0.2222211 6.48
Neil Wagner 0.1000100 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Guillermo Moscoso 85-58, Jerry Blevins 4-3, Fautino De Los Santos 26-15, Craig Breslow 17-9, Michael Wuertz 26-10, Neil Wagner 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Guillermo Moscoso 3-9, Jerry Blevins 1-0, Fautino De Los Santos 3-2, Craig Breslow 1-3, Michael Wuertz 1-0
Batters Faced - Guillermo Moscoso 20, Jerry Blevins 1, Fautino De Los Santos 8, Craig Breslow 5, Michael Wuertz 6, Neil Wagner 2
Game Information
Attendance - 13212
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Field Culbreth