OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -This sure isn't what Angels manager
wants to see from his defense two weeks before the playoffs start.
AL West champion Los Angeles made two throwing errors in the ninth inning, the second by closer
that allowed the tying and winning runs to score in the
' 3-2 victory Wednesday night.
''That's just something that shouldn't happen,'' Scioscia said. ''The ball gets by really what should have been three guys
there. There's nothing to do but control the ball in that situation and we didn't do it.''
singled to start the rally and reached second when fill-in center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. threw wildly back to the infield.
followed with a four-pitch walk.
squared to bunt, then hit a high chopper for an infield single that Rodriguez (2-3) fielded cleanly. But the record-setting
reliever made a wild throw past first, and both runners scored easily.
''I thought I had a shot to get him out. That's why I made the throw. It was off the base,'' Rodriguez said. ''In that situation
I'm trying to get one out. I don't know what would have happened if I made a good throw. Obviously things didn't go the way
I was expecting them to go.''
Rodriguez, who recently set the major league mark with his 58th save, blew a chance for the seventh time. The A's won four
straight games for the first time since June 13-17.
''It's a tough-timing play but you just react and think if you can make a play, you make it,'' Scioscia said. ''That's an
aggressive mistake. That's just part of the game. If he can get that out, it's a huge out.''
(2-0) earned the win despite giving up
's two-run homer in the ninth. It was Ziegler's first blown save in 10 chances since taking over for
Teixeira's drive over the right-field fence was the first home run the rookie has allowed in the majors.
''It was a weird game,'' A's manager
said. ''Two guys were almost perfect and they both blew saves. A very unusual night.''
hit an RBI double in the fifth following an earlier double for Oakland, which again struggled to score enough runs for
. The left-hander gave up four hits in six scoreless innings, but has won only twice in 12 outings since the All-Star break.
The Athletics snapped the Angels' five-game winning streak with an 8-1 victory against
in Tuesday night's series opener, then held their division rivals down again.
''There's no place better to win than against K-Rod in the bottom of the ninth,'' Barton said.
had two more hits a day after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento, both singles off Angels starter
doubled in the first before striking out his next three times, leaving him one shy of the American League single-season record
of 186 Ks set by
of Milwaukee in 1987.
Angels center fielder
was scratched from the AL West champions' lineup after getting hit in his right cheekbone by a ball while taking indoor batting
The injury wasn't considered serious. Hunter had swelling but felt he could have played through it and expects to play Thursday.
He didn't need X-rays but underwent a vision test and was seen by a doctor.
The ball didn't cut through his skin and he was being treated with ice. Hunter hit a line drive that deflected off the protective
''L'' screen and came back at him. He turned his head to try to get out of the way but not in time.
''It just hit me in my face - a little headache. I'll take my chances I guess,'' Hunter said. ''I should play tomorrow but
it's up to them. I told them I feel good, and if not, I understand.''
hasn't allowed an earned run in 20 outings (19 2-3 innings) since coming off the DL on Aug. 2. ... Oakland 2B
left the game in the fifth with a strained right hamstring. ... A's All-Star RHP
is scheduled to pitch a short simulated game - 15 to 20 pitches - before Thursday afternoon's series finale as a final test
for his strained hip. Duchscherer, who reported no problems from a bullpen session Tuesday, is a candidate to start Saturday
. ... Oakland 2B
will undergo surgery on his right shoulder Friday back home in Arizona. ... Angels 3B
was scheduled to return to Southern California on Thursday to have his tender right elbow re-examined by team orthopedist
Dr. Lewis Yocum.