ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bobby Kielty had no intention of waiting
to see whether Francisco Rodriguez threw another ball on a 2-0
count. He was eager to jump on a fastball.
Kielty's homer leading off the 11th inning carried Oakland to a
2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and
extended the Athletics' winning streak to seven.The Angels have lost five straight, and the A's moved a
season-high two games ahead of Los Angeles in the AL West."Obviously, he's one of the best pitchers in the game," Kielty
said. "He got to 2-0. I wanted to see a fastball, and I was going
to go hack no matter what."Sometimes that's a case where you might take a pitch and see
if he goes 3-0, but in that situation against a guy like that, you
want to try to get a fastball. He threw a good pitch to hit and I
was able to capitalize on it."That one swing proved the difference in a taut game that
featured masterful performances by both teams' aces, Barry Zito of
Oakland and Bartolo Colon of Los Angeles.Zito gave up only three hits, walked two and struck out nine in
nine innings, with one of the hits Robb Quinlan's solo homer in the
eighth.Colon allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three in his 9
1-3 inning stint, the Angels' longest since Mark Langston went 10
innings in a 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sept.
27, 1992.Oakland's only run off Colon came on Dan Johnson's RBI single in
the fourth."I probably would have paid to go see that one," Oakland
manager Ken Macha said. "You've got a premier matchup with two of
the best pitchers in the league right now."Zito figured it would be a good matchup."You know going up against a Cy Young candidate that it's going
to be a close one, so you've just got to go out and attack the
hitters and hopefully come out on top," said Zito, the 2002 AL Cy
Young Award winner.He expects more of the same in the remaining games against the
Angels."It's probably going to be pitchers' duels from here on out --
in this series, and then we've got them at home for four," he
said, referring to the series at Oakland from Sept. 26-29.Kiko Calero (4-1) pitched the 10th inning to get the win, then
Huston Street pitched the 11th for his 18th save in 22 chances.
With runners on second and first, Street got Vladimir Guerrero on a
game-ending grounder to second.Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was frustrated that the Angels
wasted Colon's fine outing."I don't think there's any way to sugarcoat it, our offense has
been soft," Scioscia said. "Bartolo couldn't have pitched any
better."Zito has pitched a lot of good games, but I know if I've ever
seen him pitch a better game. Everything was working for him. Bart
matched him pitch for pitch, but we couldn't come up with any
offense."Oakland won in extra innings for the second time in as many
days, and is 10-3 overall.
Los Angeles 3B Dallas McPherson had arthroscopic surgery to
remove a bone spur and clean out the joint in his left hip.
McPherson is expected to be on crutches for up to 10 weeks before
beginning rehab. ... Oakland SS Bobby Crosby sat out his third
straight game because of a bruised left ankle. ... A's CF Mark
Kotsay missed his second game with back soreness and will return to
Oakland to be examined. ... The Angels acquired LHP Jason
Christiansen from San Francisco for two minor leaguers, LHP Dusty
Bergman and RHP Ronnie Ray. After the game, the Angels optioned RHP
Joel Peralta to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Christiansen.