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 6      5   Final
09/12/2002 02:01 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Athletics 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 7 1
 Angels 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 X 6 14 0
Angels scrap back for big win
Anaheim one back in American League West
By Doug Miller / MLB.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Shawn Wooten hit three doubles Wednesday night, and the third one was the sweetest.

Wooten's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run comeback and led the Angels to a 6-5 win over the Oakland A's before 34,302 at Edison Field.

The Angels (90-55) took a 2-1 lead in the four-game series and now trail Oakland by one game in the American League West.

Anaheim leads Seattle in the AL Wild Card race by six after Seattle lost to Texas. Oakland lost for the third time in its last 26 games and stands at 91-54 on the year.

The Angels have won 90 games in a season for the first time since 1989. The A's have lost two games in a row for the first time since Aug. 11-12.

The first two innings featured great escape work by Angels starter John Lackey and A's right-hander Cory Lidle.

In the top of the first, Lackey struck out Jermaine Dye looking, leaving runners on the corners after Scott Hatteberg and Eric Chavez had singled.

In the bottom of that inning, Lidle followed suit, getting Scott Spiezio to ground out to the pitcher with the bases loaded.

Lidle wiggled out of trouble again in the bottom of the second, stranding Angels on first and third by striking out Adam Kennedy and getting David Eckstein on a 1-6-3 double play.

But the great escape ended for both pitchers in a hurry.

The A's struck the first blow, scoring four runs in the top of the third on four straight hits: a single by Hatteberg, an RBI double by Miguel Tejada, an RBI single by Chavez and a two-run home run by Dye -- his 19th of the season.

Anaheim answered back in the bottom of the fourth.

Brad Fullmer led off with a double and scored on a Spiezio single. The next batter, Shawn Wooten, doubled, moving Spiezio to third.

Bengie Molina followed with a run-scoring sacrifice fly to center field that cut Oakland's lead to 4-2.

Then Kennedy hit a bloop double off the glove of a diving Tejada to make it 4-3 and moved to third on a Lidle wild pitch, setting up Eckstein for a suicide squeeze bunt that drove in Kennedy to tie the score.

The tie game didn't last long as Tejada singled in Ray Durham for Oakland's fifth run in the top of the fifth.

It was Tejada's 187th hit of the season, tying the club record set by Jose Canseco in 1988. The hit also chased Lackey, who suffered his second-shortest outing of the season by lasting 4 1/3 innings.

Lackey gave up five runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking one before giving way to Scot Shields.

The A's brought out right-handed sidearmer Chad Bradford to start the bottom of the sixth, ending Lidle's night.

Lidle lasted five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking two.

The Angels mounted the beginnings of a rally off Bradford, getting a Molina single and a Kennedy double that moved Molina to third.

Eckstein hit into a 5-2-5 fielder's choice that got Molina caught off third in a rundown, however, and left-handed sidearmer Mike Venafro came in and struck out Darin Erstad to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Garret Anderson hit a one-out single off Venafro, prompting the A's to bring in right-handed reliever Jeff Tam.

Tam got pinch-hitter Tim Salmon to ground out to third base on a spectacular play by Chavez, but he walked Spiezio, setting up Wooten for the game-winning hit. Tam took the loss and is 0-1 on the season.

Shields (4-3) got the win after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Ben Weber threw a perfect eighth and Troy Percival closed out the A's with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 37th save of the season and second in as many nights.

Doug Miller covers the Angels for MLB.com and can be reached at doug.miller@mlb.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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BOX SCORE
Anaheim Angels 6, Oakland Athletics 5
Oakland Athletics
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DurhamDH 3100101.292
Hatteberg1B 4120002.270
TejadaSS 4122001.313
Chavez3B 4121001.284
DyeRF 4112013.248
JusticeLF 4000000.272
Ellis2B 3000000.262
a-MabryPH 1000000.302
LongCF 4000010.241
HernandezC 2000010.234
MyersC 0000000.231
Totals33575138
a-Popped out for Ellis in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Tejada (29, Lackey).
HR: Dye (19, 3rd inning off Lackey, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Tejada 2 (119), Chavez (102), Dye 2 (72).
2-out RBI: Tejada, Chavez, Dye 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dye 2.
GIDP: Hatteberg.
Team LOB: 3.
BASERUNNING
SB: Durham (23, 2nd base off Lackey/Molina, B).
FIELDING
E: Dye (4, fielding).
DP: (Lidle-Tejada-Hatteberg).
 
Anaheim Angels
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
EcksteinSS 4021004.306
ErstadCF 4010022.286
PalmeiroRF 3000001.295
a-OchoaPH-RF 2000012.256
AndersonLF 4120102.312
FullmerDH 2110101.276
b-SalmonPH-DH 1000001.291
Spiezio3B 3211104.281
Wooten1B 4132000.317
Molina, BC 3021001.255
Kennedy2B 4121012.321
Totals3461463420
a-Grounded out for Palmeiro in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Fullmer in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Wooten 3 (7, Lidle, Lidle, Tam), Fullmer (31, Lidle), Kennedy 2 (32, Lidle, Bradford), Anderson (54, Lidle).
RBI: Spiezio (74), Molina, B (46), Kennedy (49), Eckstein (60), Wooten 2 (13).
2-out RBI: Wooten 2.
S: Erstad, Eckstein.
SF: Molina, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Spiezio 3, Erstad, Molina, B, Anderson.
GIDP: Eckstein.
Team LOB: 10.
FIELDING
DP: (Kennedy-Eckstein-Wooten).
Oakland Athletics
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lidle 5.08442203.96
Bradford (H, 21) 0.22000002.90
Venafro (H, 13) 0.21110104.84
Tam (BS, 3) (L, 0-1) 1.02111005.05
Bowie 0.21000100.90
Anaheim Angels
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lackey 4.17551213.65
Shields (W, 4-3) 2.20000002.37
Weber (H, 16) 1.00000002.62
Percival (S, 37) 1.00000101.75
WP: Lidle.
HBP: Hernandez (by Shields).
Pitches-strikes: Lidle 89-60, Bradford 10-8, Venafro 13-7, Tam 20-10, Bowie 10-7, Lackey 85-61, Shields 31-19, Weber 13-8, Percival 8-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lidle 7-6, Bradford 2-0, Venafro 1-0, Tam 2-1, Bowie 1-0, Lackey 4-7, Shields 4-4, Weber 2-1, Percival 0-2.
Batters faced: Lidle 24, Bradford 4, Venafro 3, Tam 6, Bowie 3, Lackey 21, Shields 8, Weber 3, Percival 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Venafro 2-0, Tam 1-1, Bowie 1-0, Shields 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Tschida. 1B: Mark Wegner. 2B: Bill Welke. 3B: Rick Reed.
Weather: 72 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:27.
Att: 34,302.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner