Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings, Vladimir Guerrero
hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels kept Oakland from
winning the division for the second straight day with a 7-1 victory
"I think a lot of the questions being asked about where do you
want to clinch and the celebration is getting in some people's
heads," Bradley said. "Guys take it for granted we're just going
to get it done."
"We still have it right in front of us," A's manager Ken Macha
Oakland's magic number remained at two to wrap up the club's
first division title since 2003. The A's watched the Angels clinch
the division on their home field the past two seasons.
Now, Oakland will try to win it against the Mariners starting
Monday at Safeco Field. The A's have won 15 straight against
"That makes it tougher," said Frank Thomas, who is 0-for-16
over his last four games and was hitless in 13 at-bats this series.
"We've got a whole week to win a couple of ballgames. I like our
Most of the A's wanted to clinch at home, though third baseman
Eric Chavez joked that it would be fitting to do it on the Angels'
home field in the final days -- not that he truly wants it to be
that close at the end.
And to think the A's were going to lift the clubhouse alcohol
ban for a day to celebrate with champagne. The club has had a dry
clubhouse for about three months since starting pitcher Esteban
Loaiza's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving in June.
Loaiza takes the ball Monday for the A's, who gave starter Dan
Haren little chance Sunday with only two hits and managed only six
total in the two losses this series.
"Say what you want about Haren -- we got two hits," Macha said.
Now, the Angels must hope to pull off an improbable comeback in
the division race. They were eliminated from wild-card contention
after the Minnesota Twins' 6-3 win at Baltimore earlier Sunday.
Santana (15-8) followed John Lackey's clutch performance a day
earlier to end a two-start winless stretch with his second victory
in four outings. He avenged an earlier loss to Oakland, too, by
allowing two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
"I'm just going to do my job and not worry about if they
celebrate or not," Santana said.
Santana was 3-0 against the A's last season and won his first
start this year before losing July 31 despite eight solid innings.
He is 5-1 with a 1.76 ERA in seven career starts versus Oakland.
"He didn't miss a spot," Bradley said.
Izturis tripled in the third to give the Angels the lead, and
Cabrera followed with an RBI groundout to make it 3-0.
The Angels already delayed things for Oakland with a 6-2 win
Saturday to snap the A's four-game winning streak. The teams also
play in the final four games of the season in Anaheim.
"It's meaningful for us to win," Angels center fielder Chone
Figgins said. "That's all we can control. We still have to think
Haren (14-13), trying for his career-best 15th win, lost his
second straight start after a 7-2 defeat to Cleveland last Monday.
He never looked sharp in allowing six runs and seven hits in six
After Guerrero's two-out single in the third, Haren retired the
next seven batters in order before Orlando Cabrera's single
starting the sixth. Guerrero followed with his 31st homer, a deep
shot to center. It was No. 336 of his career, tying him with Joe
Adcock for 84th place all-time.
Izturis reached on first baseman Nick Swisher's fielding error
leading off the game, but Izturis was caught stealing for the third
Chone Figgins stole his 50th base in the seventh but got
thrown out at home moments later. Figgins joins the Mets' Jose
Reyes and Chicago's Juan Pierre as the only players with 50 or more
stolen bases in each of the last two seasons. ... Los Angeles leads
the season series 8-7. ... Oakland finished its final homestand
7-3. ... Injured Angels ace Bartolo Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young
Award winner, will return from Arizona, where he has been rehabbing
a partially torn rotator cuff, to Southern California in the coming
days to be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum. ... The
A's sold out for the third straight game and 13th time overall.
Oakland drew 1,976,625 fans this season.