SAN FRANCISCO(AP) Sean O'Sullivan won in an impressive big league debut, then received his ticket back to the minors.
He knows he'll get another chance if he keeps pitching this well.
''It's been a thrill ride,'' said O'Sullivan, who had nine family members and friends make the trip from San Diego on short
had a three-run homer among his four hits, O'Sullivan pitched seven strong innings and the
Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants
8-1 on Tuesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.
''As the game went on and he got ahead of some good hitters, you really saw his ability to keep guys off balance,'' manager
said of O'Sullivan. ''It's great to see a guy like Sean O'Sullivan come up and give us a game like this.''
O'Sullivan (1-0) was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to make the start after the Angels scratched
because of a strain below his pitching elbow in the forearm area - then O'Sullivan was sent back down afterward as the Angels
to give them another arm.
''I'll try to build off this,'' O'Sullivan said. ''You never know when your next opportunity is going to be. I'll go back
to Salt Lake and keep performing.''
The Angels' first three hits off
(2-7) were doubles, including one by
that put Los Angeles ahead for good in the first. The Angels had 15 hits and have 15 homers, 70 hits and 43 runs during their
Scioscia has said he knew his roster had punch, it just took some time to get on a roll.
''All of us are going up there and feeding off each other,'' Napoli said. ''One guy's doing it and the others are following.
We have a lot of good hitters on this team and we're showing now what we're able to do.''
hit a pair of RBI singles for Los Angeles, which improved to 7-1 in interleague play.
The Angels did it without center fielder
. He sat out a day after bruising his ribs when he crashed into the wall trying to catch a double by
. Scioscia hopes Hunter will return Friday night against the
Los Angeles Dodgers
Sanchez lost his third straight start and sixth in his last nine outings, getting knocked out after giving up a season-high
10 hits and seven runs in his shortest start of the year.
relieved and retired all seven batters he faced.
hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly for the Giants, who lost only their second home series all season and their first in four
series since dropping three of four to the
New York Mets
from May 14-17. San Francisco second baseman Matt Downs also was called up to make his big league debut. He went 0-for-3 with
a walk batting eighth, lining out to center to end the game.
''He probably wasn't intimidated at all being up there,'' Downs said of O'Sullivan. ''The way he threw it didn't look like
singled in the second for San Francisco's first hit off O'Sullivan and a career-best 10-game hitting streak, but the first
baseman also committed three errors in the first three innings - including two on Izturis' chopper to start the third. Abreu
singled home Izturis moments later for a 2-0 Angels' lead.
''That's probably more an aberration than anything,'' manager
said. ''He'll play third base tomorrow.''
NOTES: Of the Angels' 70 hits during this run, 33 have been for extra bases. ... RHP
(shoulder) went back on the Angels' 15-day DL but is expected to be ready to pitch in relief come Monday when he's eligible
to be activated. ... Los Angeles reliever
underwent season-ending surgery on his left knee. The team expects Shields to resume baseball activities in about six months.
... The Giants optioned 2B
to Triple-A Fresno to work on his offense.