A's Extend Win Streak in Extra Innings
Wednesday, August 31, 2005; 1:30 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bobby Kielty homered leading off the 11th inning Tuesday night to carry Oakland to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels and run the Athletics' winning streak to seven.
Kielty's eighth homer, over the wall in right off Francisco Rodriguez (2-4), helped the A's move a season-high two games ahead of the Angels in the AL West.
Oakland won in extra innings for the second straight day and is 10-3 in extra-inning games. The Angels have lost five in a row.
The Athletics' victory came after Oakland's Barry Zito and Los Angeles' Bartolo Colon each allowed just one run over the first nine innings. Colon even pitched into the 10th, yielding to Rodriguez with a runner on third and one out.
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.
Zito gave up only three hits, walked two and struck out nine. 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 of a 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 27, 1992.
Oakland took a 1-0 lead on Dan Johnson's RBI single in the fourth inning. The Angels' Robb Quinlan tied it with a solo homer off Zito with one out in the eighth. Quinlan drove a 1-0 pitch into the seats beyond the left-field foul pole for his second home run of the year and the first given up by Zito in five games.
Notes: Los Angeles 3B Dallas McPherson underwent 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 RHP Rich Harden, who missed his previous start because of a strained muscle in his right side and was penciled in to start Thursday against the Angels, had to cut his bullpen session short on Tuesday after about 15 pitches. He was to be examined by Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum. "It's not a setback, it's just that Dr. Yocum is here and we're here," Oakland trainer Larry Davis said. ... 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. Christiansen, 35, was 6-1 with a 5.36 ERA in 56 games, all in relief, for San Francisco this year.