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Redman beats Angels for first time

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- If Mark Redman pitched more than every
five days, the Oakland Athletics might win more often.

Redman beat the Angels for the first time in five career
decisions, Scott Hatteberg hit a pair of sacrifice flies and
Oakland defeated Anaheim 7-1 Wednesday night to end a four-game
losing streak.

"It's always nice to get a win when we've been struggling on
the road," Redman said. "Maybe the odds were on my side. I just
ran into some bad luck against them in the past. I wanted to get
that chip off my shoulder."

Redman (6-3) allowed one run on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings,
struck out six and walked one in his seventh start against the
Angels. The left-hander pitched Oakland to its only other victory
on the current road trip, beating the Chicago White Sox 2-1 last
week.

"Great performance," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "I don't
know where we'd be without him."

Damian Miller's RBI double tied the game 1-all in the fourth
inning against Kelvim Escobar (4-4). Oakland took a 3-1 lead in the
fifth on Mark Kotsay's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Hatteberg.

"We had an opportunity to take the lead and we ran with it,"
said Kotsay, who was 3-for-4 with a walk. "It was a big team
effort all the way around."

Oakland backed up Redman with solid defense, including an
unorthodox double play in the sixth as the Angels ran themselves
out of a potentially big inning. David Eckstein led off with a
single and tried to score on Vladimir Guerrero's one-out double
over the head of Kotsay.

But shortstop Bobby Crosby's relay throw erased Eckstein at the
plate, and Guerrero, who had three hits, was tagged out by Crosby
after straying too far off second.

"That was a great one," Redman said. "I didn't get to see
much of it because I was running all over the place. I was running
to go back up home and I was running to go back up third, trying to
do what I'm supposed to do after I give up a hit."

Macha said, "We may not see that again this year or next."

Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia liked his team's aggressiveness,
even though it didn't work out.

"It was a momentum changer," he said. "A relay throw that
looked like it was off-line and missed the first cutoff man, but
they did a great job of recovering to get Eck at the plate."

The Athletics made it 5-1 in the seventh on Erubiel Durazo's RBI
single off reliever Kevin Gregg and Crosby's grounder that scored
Hatteberg.

They took a 7-1 lead in the eighth on Hatteberg's sacrifice fly
and Bengie Molina's passed ball.

Oakland ended a five-game losing streak against the Angels, and
won for just the second time in nine games.

The Athletics' victory kept them a game behind Texas in the AL
West, and dropped Anaheim 1{ games off the pace.

"We chipped away, a little hit here, a little hit there,"
Macha said. "When you're struggling, every game is big."

Escobar gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, struck
out six and walked three. The right-hander hasn't won since June 3
against Cleveland.

"I'm kind of disappointed. I know I can do better than I did,"
Escobar said. "I just have to stay focused pitch by pitch and make
better pitches when I need to. In the fifth inning, my mechanics
got a little bit rough, but you have to be able to make
adjustments."

The Angels' run came in the third on Eckstein's RBI single.

Angels first baseman Darin Erstad left in the second inning
after he dislocated the third knuckle on his middle finger on a
checked swing against Redman. He was taken to the hospital for
X-rays, which were negative.

"It popped out and then it popped back in," Erstad said.
"It's good now, but it's just swollen. I've had dislocated fingers
before -- not baseball-related stuff -- and they usually bounce back
pretty quick."

Game notes
The Angels scored 16 runs in the previous two games against
Oakland. ... The Athletics scored seven runs after getting just 10
in their four previous games. ... Anaheim RHP Bobby Jenks was
activated from the minor league DL and transferred to Single-A
Rancho Cucamonga. ... Robb Quinlan replaced Erstad. ... The
announced attendance of 42,774 was Anaheim's 23rd sellout this
season. The club had a record 25 sellouts last season.