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Piazza, Ellis help A's crush Angels in opener

Jul 24, 2007 - 6:42 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Mike Piazza homered and drove in a season-high four runs to help the Oakland Athletics coast to a 12-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Monday night.

Mark Ellis homered twice had had three RBI and Shannon Stewart and Marco Scutaro added two runs apiece for Oakland, which has just three wins in its last 14 games.

Oakland (46-52) is just 6-13 in the month of July and has only scored a total of 27 runs in its 10 games since returning from the All-Star break.

"We just have to keep going out there and playing good baseball to try and get back in the race," Athletics manager Bob Geren said.

But the Athletics' offensive was on full display in this one.

"Just trying to get our offense going lately and it was good to get early runs," Geren said. "Good night for the offense."

Ellis and Scutaro both plated runs during an impressive four-run first-inning off Angels starter Bartolo Colon (6-6), who left after the frame with right elbow irritation and will be examined by the team's doctor on Tuesday.

"We hope after he (Colon) gets examined (Tuesday) that everything will be OK," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully he will just need some rest."

Piazza ripped a run-scoring double in the second and stroked a three-run blast - his second this season - in the fourth as the A's created a 9-2 cushion. It was Piazza's first four RBI outing since July 14, 2006 against Atlanta.

"I'm just trying to find a consistent approach," Piazza said. "I have been seeing the ball better and I got some good pitches to hit up in the zone."

Ellis homered in the third against Dustin Moseley and added his 11th in the sixth off Chris Bootcheck for a 12-5 lead. Stewart had a two-run single in the fifth

"We have all been working really hard in batting practice and it's good to see some results," Ellis said. "We have to face two more tough pitchers in the series so hopefully we can just keep it going."

Oakland's Joe Kennedy (3-8) tossed two scoreless innings for the win. A's starter Chris Gaudin gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 frames. The 24-year-old righthander walked six for the second straight game and struck out four while throwing 100 pitches.

"I just missed with a lot of my pitches," Gaudin said. "I felt like I was being squeezed and I was throwing good pitches. I just have to put this one behind me and move on."

Mike Napoli hit his ninth homer in the second and All-Star Vladimir Guerrero had an RBI single in the third for the Angels, who have dropped three of four games overall.






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  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 4 1 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 12 13 0
    LA ANGELS 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - CHAD GAUDIN, KIKO CALERO (4TH), HUSTON STREET (6TH), JOE
    KENNEDY (7TH), ALAN EMBREE (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    LAA - BARTOLO COLON, DUSTIN MOSELEY (2ND), CHRIS
    BO

    Jul 24 1:32 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED GARRET ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C KOTCHMAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 12
    LA ANGELS 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M IZTURIS (.257, 2-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 24 12:44 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK ELLIS (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF CHRIS BOOTCHECK.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 12, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M SCUTARO (.246, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 24 12:35 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHANNON STEWART SCORED MARCO SCUTARO AND KURT
    SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S STEWART ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: N SWISHER (.256, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 24 12:11 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GARY MATTHEWS JR SCORED REGGIE
    WILLITS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G MATTHEWS JR ON FIRST, O CABRERA ON SECOND,
    C FIGGINS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C KOTCHMAN (.285, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 11:54 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED MIKE NAPOLI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, O CABRERA ON FIRST, C FIGGINS ON SECOND, R
    WILLITS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: V GUERRERO (.325, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 11:44 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REGGIE WILLITS SCORED MAICER IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WILLITS ON FIRST, M NAPOLI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.321, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 11:39 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE PIAZZA (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF DUSTIN MOSELEY SCORED KURT SUZUKI AND SHANNON STEWART.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9, LA ANGELS 2
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D JOHNSON (.249, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 11:26 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED CHONE FIGGINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V GUERRERO ON FIRST, O CABRERA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.299, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 11:08 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK ELLIS (10) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF DUSTIN MOSELEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6, LA ANGELS 1
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M SCUTARO (.243, 1-FOR-1, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 11:00 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE NAPOLI (9) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF CHAD GAUDIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5, LA ANGELS 1
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R WILLITS (.301, 0 HR, 27 RBI)

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 10:54 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE PIAZZA SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    LA ANGELS 0 END TOP, 2ND

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 10:46 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 4 4 4 0
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - CHAD GAUDIN
    LAA - BARTOLO COLON

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.321, 1 HR, 31 RBI)
    O CABRERA (.313, 5 HR, 54 RBI)
    V GUERRERO (.321, 14 HR, 78 RB

    Athletics vs. AngelsJul 23 10:24 PM
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