Hunter leads Angels past AthleticsSep 25, 2011 - 5:05 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Torii Hunter finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and drove in three, as the Angels kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Los Angeles closed to within 2 1/2 games behind wild card-leading Boston, which lost to the Yankees on Saturday.
"We need to win and we need help. It's as simple as that," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said.
Jerome Williams (4-0) gave up one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings to get the win.
Jemile Weeks knocked in both runs for the Athletics, who have dropped four of six. Guillermo Moscoso (8-10) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on five hits in seven full frames to absorb the loss.
"He's a really tough guy, only bad pitch was the Hunter home run," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin about Moscoso. "All in all, he really pitched well. We hit some balls hard but not much to show for it."
The Angels scratched out a run during their first at-bat. Erick Aybar reached on an error to begin the inning and eventually scored on Hunter's two-out single to right field.
Scott Sizemore, Eric Sogard and Weeks hit three consecutive singles to produce the tying run in the fifth.
Aybar bunted for a base hit with one out in the sixth. A groundout moved him to second and he scored the go-ahead run on Bobby Abreu's single to right. Hunter followed by driving his 23rd home run of the season over the wall in left-center.
Jordan Walden nailed down his 32nd save despite allowing an RBI single to Weeks in the ninth.
Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo left after the sixth inning with right ankle discomfort...Oakland was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
- OAKLAND: 2
LOS ANGELES: 4
Sep 24 11:54 PM
- Jemile Weeks singled to center scored Scott Sizemore. Runner on first with two outs and Coco Crisp due up.
Athletics 2, Angels 4 Top 9, 2 OutsSep 24 11:52 PM
- Mark Trumbo popped out to first to end the inning.
Athletics 1, Angels 4 End 6Sep 24 10:54 PM
- Bobby Abreu singled to right scored Erick Aybar. Runner on first with two outs and Torii Hunter due up.
Athletics 1, Angels 2 Bot 6, 2 OutsSep 24 10:50 PM
- Coco Crisp flied out to center. Runners on first and second and with one out and Hideki Matsui due up.
Athletics 1, Angels 1 Top 5, 1 OutSep 24 10:21 PM
- Torii Hunter singled to right scored Erick Aybar. Runner on first with two outs and Mark Trumbo due up.
Athletics 0, Angels 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 24 9:26 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 24 9:07 PM
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