struggled with his command all night. His errant pickoff attempt to first base was the perfect example of how things went.
scored the go-ahead run from first in the sixth inning on Saunders' miscue, and the
snapped a four-game home losing streak to the rival
Los Angeles Angels
with a 7-3 victory Friday night.
''It was a combination of hustle along the bases and (third-base coach
) waving me on. He was my eyes when I couldn't see,'' Davis said. ''Not only were we aggressive on the basepaths, we were
able to take advantage with men on base.''
Saunders walked Davis to start the sixth, then made the wild, high throw over first baseman
. The ball rolled to the Angels' bullpen and finally stopped beneath two folding chairs. Davis just beat right fielder
's impressive throw home.
''He just lost his release point on it,'' Angels manager
said. ''You couldn't have placed it any better. It was right in that triangle where everybody had to run max distance to get
to it. That guy can fly.''
hit a three-run homer,
had a two-run double in the eighth and
added a sacrifice fly for the A's in a game where the pitchers from both sides combined for 15 walks.
Cabrera was impressed with how the A's pushed it on the bases - not exactly general manager
's ''Moneyball'' kind of play.
''That's one of the things I'm trying to encourage these guys to do,'' Cabrera said.
Saunders (8-6) had a career-high six free walks as the first-place Angels saw their four-game winning streak end with their
third loss in the last 10. Los Angeles maintained its two-game lead over Texas, which lost at home to Minnesota.
Morales homered for the second straight game, a drive that was reviewed in the replay booth. His 17th homer extended his career-best
hitting streak to 17 games.
The solo shot in the second traveled over the left-field fence and appeared to hit a television camera before ricocheting
back onto the warning track. A's manager
rushed out to discuss it with the umpires and the crew briefly left to watch it again before they returned and chief Jerry
Layne signaled the home run.
left the game after the fourth inning because of dizziness, replaced in the lineup by
. Aybar had collided hard with Oakland shortstop Cabrera in the third breaking up a double play.
drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth that forced in the tying run and chased A's starter
, whose winless stretch reached four starts despite a solid day. He is 0-3 since beating San Francisco on June 22.
(2-4) recorded two outs, one each in the sixth and seventh, for his first win since the A's claimed him off waivers from Minnesota
on May 20.
Saunders is 0-2 over four starts since beating Colorado on June 24. The A's improved to 12-19 in games started by a lefty.
''It was one of those up-and-down kind of nights,'' Saunders said. ''I felt like I had good command for a couple hitters and
then boom, I lose it.''
Rivera returned to left field for the Angels after being the designated hitter Thursday night following two days on the sidelines
because of tightness in his left quadriceps and right hamstring.
A's center fielder
was hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the eighth and left the game. The wrist was quite swollen and he is questionable for
Saturday afternoon's game.
NOTES: Davis pulled off a delayed steal of third base in the fourth, his 12th this year. ... Cabrera has six straight multihit
games. ... Struggling A's DH/1B
had the night off. ... Cahill's start marked the 58th by an A's rookie this season, matching the club's total from 2008. Since
1984, only the '96 team had more starts by a rookie with 62. A six-man rotation is one thing Oakland is considering to keep
these young arms from getting overworked. ... Injured A's RHP
, a two-time All-Star recovering in Arizona from March elbow surgery, is scheduled for a simulated game Tuesday and could
pitch in a real game next Sunday. ... Some 500 dogs and their owners got to walk onto the field before the game for A's Dog
Day at the Park.