Gonzalez sparkles in A's 14-0 rout of AngelsMay 18, 2011 - 6:20 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Backed by a potent offense, Gio Gonzalez twirled seven sparkling innings and the Athletics routed the Angels, 14-0, to sweep a two-game series.
Gonzalez (5-2) allowed just one hit and one walk, throwing 62 of his 93 pitches for strikes and fanning seven in Oakland's third win in four games.
The A's didn't need anything else from him. They banged out 15 hits in the game and scored six of their runs in the sixth inning. Amazingly, their season-high 14 runs came without a homer.
"A real big night for the offense. It was nice to see," said A's manager Bob Geren.
The Angels, who have lost three straight and five of their last six, sent the minimum to the plate in seven innings and had only two hits in the game, getting the second one in the ninth.
The start of the game was delayed by 40 minutes because of rain.
Once it started, the Angels offense was anemic.
Maicer Izturis walked with two outs in the fourth for their first baserunner and Howie Kendrick singled to lead off the fifth for their first hit. He was erased when Alberto Callaspo lined into a double play.
Their only other baserunner came after Jeff Mathis singled off Trystan Magnuson, who made his major league debut. Craig Breslow had relieved Gonzalez in the eighth, pitching a perfect frame to back the near-flawless starter.
"Gio just had a great game," said Geren. "It was one of those nights -- he didn't need 14 runs, obviously."
He got 'em anyway, including seven runs -- five earned -- against Angels starter Tyler Chatwood (2-2). Three came in the second inning, when Mark Ellis and Kevin Kouzmanoff had RBI doubles and Coco Crisp added a run-scoring single.
The A's scored four in the third -- Ellis had an two-run single and Crisp an RBI double during the rally -- and one more in the fourth, when Hideki Matsui and Kurt Suzuki hit back-to-back doubles.
But the real outburst came in the sixth, when Oakland sent 11 players to the plate and scored six runs on four singles, three walks and a hit batsman. David DeJesus and Ellis hit RBI singles, Josh Willingham had a two-run base hit and Ryan Sweeney and Daric Barton drew bases-loaded walks.
The win moved Oakland into a tie for first place with Texas in the American League West and the sweep knocked the Angels a half-game back in the division.
"A psychological boost," Geren called it. "It's a small factor, but I feel positive going forward."
Chatwood lasted just 2 1/3 innings...Trevor Bell was charged with a run, Kevin Jepsen gave up five and Rich Thompson was charged with the other...The A's went 10-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base...Crisp and Ellis had three hits apiece and Ellis' four RBI led the team.
- LOS ANGELES: 0
May 18 1:31 AM
- Josh Willingham single to center scored Kevin Kouzmanoff and Ryan Sweeney. On the play, Daric Barton advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Hideki Matsui due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 14 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 18 12:54 AM
- Daric Barton walk scored Mark Ellis. Bases loaded with two outs and Josh Willingham due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 12 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 18 12:52 AM
- Pinch-Hitter Ryan Sweeney walk scored David DeJesus. Bases loaded with two outs and Daric Barton due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 11 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 18 12:49 AM
- Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to center. On the play, Mark Ellis advances to second and David DeJesus advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Cliff Pennington due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 10 Bot 6, 1 OutMay 18 12:41 AM
- David DeJesus grounded out short to first. Runner on second with two outs and Mark Ellis due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 8 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 18 12:04 AM
- Coco Crisp double to center scored Mark Ellis. On the play, Kevin Kouzmanoff advances to third. Runners on second and third with two outs and Daric Barton due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 7 Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 17 11:42 PM
- Kevin Kouzmanoff reached first on Alberto Callaspo's fielding error scored David DeJesus. On the play, Mark Ellis advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Cliff Pennington due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 6 Bot 3, 1 OutMay 17 11:37 PM
- Mark Ellis single to left scored Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki. On the play, David DeJesus advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Kevin Kouzmanoff due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 5 Bot 3, 1 OutMay 17 11:36 PM
- Coco Crisp single to center scored Kevin Kouzmanoff. On the play, Cliff Pennington advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Daric Barton due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 3 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 17 11:16 PM
- Kevin Kouzmanoff double to right scored Mark Ellis. Runner on second with two outs and Cliff Pennington due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 2 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 17 11:12 PM
- Mark Ellis double to left scored David DeJesus. Runner on second with two outs and Kevin Kouzmanoff due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 17 11:11 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 17 10:47 PM
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