Angels take two of three from A’s


ANAHEIM, California, Reuters

Garret Anderson had three hits, including a bloop RBI single in the eighth inning that scored the winning run, as the Anaheim Angels edged the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in American League action on Thursday.

The Angeles moved two games ahead of the Athletics in the AL West standings with the win.

Anaheim opens a three-game series in Seattle against the first place Mariners on Friday night.

Reliever Scot Shields (3-1) won his second straight appearance after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Ben Weber earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth inning.

Jim Mecir (3-3) pitched two innings of relief and took the loss after allowing the winning run in the eighth inning.

Tim Salmon put the Angels on the board with a two-run single in the fifth inning and David Eckstein matched a career-high with four hits in the game.

Eric Chavez drove in a pair of runs for the A’s, who acquired second baseman Ray Durham from the Chicago White Sox after the game. Tigers roar In other AL action, Robert Fick hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals at Detroit.

Damion Easley and Randall Simon both homered for Detroit in the first inning as the Tigers won their third straight game. The Royals have lost three in a row.

Mike Maroth (3-3) picked up the win, going six innings while allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Juan Acevedo tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 18th save.

Miguel Asencio (2-3) went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks and was the loser.

At Boston, Pedro Martinez threw eight shutout innings to back the Red Sox to a 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Martinez (13-2) struck out 11 batters and held the Devil Rays to two hits through eight innings for his sixth straight win.

Chris Haney recorded the final three outs to preserve the shutout.

Trot Nixon, with a two-run home run in the first inning, Manny Ramirez and Jason Varitek all homered off rookie Luis De Los Santos.

De Los Santos (0-2), making his second major league start, allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings. Super suzuki In Seattle, Ichiro Suzuki belted a three-run homer and John Halama remained unbeaten as a starter as the Seattle Mariners posted a 7-2 triumph over the Texas Rangers.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the second inning, Suzuki smashed a 2-2 offering from Aaron Myette over the right field wall to give the Mariners a 4-1 advantage.

It was the second homer of the three-game series and fifth lifetime against Texas for Suzuki, who has 14 in his career.

Bret Boone added three hits and three RBI for the Mariners, who improved to 10-2 vs. the Rangers this season.

Halama (5-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings to improve to 4-0 as a starter this season. The lefthander evened his lifetime mark against Texas at 3-3.

Myette (0-2) laboured through three innings, surrendering six runs and five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts while throwing 85 pitches.