OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Although most of the Angels already were on the bus back to the hotel after another improbably impressive
offensive game, catcher
needed an answer to a semi-serious question.
''Why are we still scoring runs, man?'' Napoli asked All-Star infielder
as they dressed in the mostly empty Coliseum locker room following Los Angeles' 14-hit effort in an 11-6 win over Oakland.
''How is that possible?''
''What, are we supposed to stop?'' Figgins replied.
Even without injured sluggers
in the heart of their lineup - and even after losing cleanup hitter
to a third-inning injury - it seems nothing can stop the Angels from scoring more than enough runs to take charge of the AL
drove in a career-high four runs Saturday, and Figgins hit a leadoff homer while reaching base four times in Los Angeles'
fifth win in six games. Every starter got a hit and six drove in a run for the division-leading Angels, who capitalized on
four Oakland errors and survived a rare poor start by
with their glamourless, relentless offense.
Los Angeles has scored 49 runs in its last six games, usually by doing nothing fancy.
''We keep putting pressure on,'' said Figgins, who tied his career high by scoring three runs, increasing his AL lead in the
category. ''We keep having good at-bats and getting people on base. We're not one of those teams that hits lots of homers.
We hit line drives. ... If we can keep that train going, we're still going to score some runs.''
Oakland rookie right-hander
(2-6) yielded Figgins' seventh career leadoff homer on his fourth pitch before facing 10 batters in the Angels' six-run third.
Aybar had a two-RBI single after leaving Friday's loss to Oakland with dizziness, and the shortstop added another two-run
single in the seventh.
The Angels' combustible bullpen also pitched five scoreless innings until Cust's two-out homer in the ninth to bail out Weaver,
who felt seriously ill after the first inning. He eventually fell apart in the fourth inning of his shortest start this season,
yielding eight hits and five runs while walking three and never looking comfortable.
''I just felt nauseous and woozy,'' Weaver said. ''The bullpen came in and held it down ... and the offense has been awesome
over the last month or so.''
(4-0) ended Oakland's biggest rally during 1 2-3 scoreless innings of work.
had a two-RBI single during Oakland's five-run fourth inning, and
homered for the last-place A's, whose defensive ineptitude ruined a rare chance to beat Weaver.
''It was one of our worst games of the year,'' Oakland manager
said. ''It was all really early. We (made) a couple weeks' worth of mistakes - all, it seemed like, in one inning. They were
all different styles and types. It was a very poor performance.''
went 2 for 4 with a walk in his first multihit game since June 19 after beginning the day in a 5-for-50 slump that dropped
the once-feared slugger's average to .191. Yet Giambi still made a throwing error in the third, plunking Aybar in the back
with a rundown throw after Oakland picked him off first.
The whole inning was comically bad, starting with
' score on a throwing error by
. Rivera then scored on Gary Matthews Jr.'s fly to left when A's catcher
bobbled Holliday's strong throw to the plate.
After Giambi hit Aybar, the inning finally ended when Holliday caught Willits' fly while running smack into shortstop
And right before
chased Mazzaro with an RBI single in the fourth, Mazzaro threw a pickoff attempt past Giambi, allowing Figgins to move from
first to third on a play resembling a similar mistake by Los Angeles'
Mazzaro yielded 10 hits and eight runs in his sixth loss in seven decisions since beginning his major league career with consecutive
scoreless victories in early June.
NOTES: Rivera left with tightness in his right leg, an injury that bothered him last week. He isn't sure he'll play Sunday.
... Jon Wilhite, the lone survivor of the car crash that killed Angels pitcher
on April 9, threw out the first pitch to Oakland C
, who has raised more than $50,000 for his former college teammate's recovery.