A’s win 10-1 to snap Angels’ six-game winning streak
OAKLAND – Kurt Suzuki went 4 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs to help Vin Mazzaro get the win in his second start of the season, and the Oakland Athletics snapped the Los Angeles Angels’ six-game winning streak with a 10-1 victory Tuesday night.
Ryan Sweeney added three hits and scored three times, and Jack Cust hit a two-run homer for the A’s, who had lost six straight home games to their AL West rivals before breaking through against Jered Weaver (5-3) and the bullpen.
The strong outing by Mazzaro (2-0) in place of the injured Brett Anderson was a big reason for Oakland’s success. Oakland put the game away with four runs in the seventh and three in the eighth.
Mazzaro faced little trouble until the fifth when the Angels put runners on second and third with no outs. An RBI groundout by Kevin Frandsen scored one run, but Mazzaro retired the next two hitters to end the threat and keep the A’s on top 3-1.
That was it for Mazzaro, who had pitched out of the bullpen since being called up from the minors on May 20. He gave up one run, five hits and no walks in five innings in his second start of the season for the A’s. He lasted only three innings in his first start, getting a no-decision in Oakland’s 7-6 win over Texas on May 4.
Jerry Blevins struck out Erick Aybar with two runners on to end the seventh. Suzuki’s homer in the bottom half broke the game open, giving Oakland a 6-1 lead.
Cust hit his second homer off Trevor Bell in the eighth following an RBI single by Suzuki. That was Oakland’s 12th homer this month after hitting just 15 each in April and May.
Weaver allowed six runs and 12 hits in six-plus innings, after not giving up a single earned run in his previous two starts. He gave up two-out RBI singles to Cust, Eric Patterson and Gabe Gross in the first three innings and nothing else until Suzuki hit his eighth homer of the season in the seventh.
Gross, getting the start in center field in place of the injured Rajai Davis, snapped an 0-for-13 slump with his third-inning single to right field that scored Sweeney. Bobby Abreu’s throw home beat Sweeney, but plate umpire Bill Miller ruled Sweeney slid into home before Mike Napoli could slap on the tag. Napoli immediately argued the call and manager Mike Scioscia bolted out of the dugout to complain, but the run still counted.
NOTES: Patterson was involved in a couple of odd plays. He reached on a single in the fourth when his popup landed between three Angels between home plate and the mound. He had another infield single in the eighth but was hit in the ear on the throw from second by Frandsen. … This marked the 17th straight start that Mazzaro failed to go more than six innings, extending his Oakland record. … Oakland RHP Justin Duchscherer sent manager Bob Geren a text saying the season-ending surgery on his left hip went well. … Players on both teams gathered around TVs in the clubhouse before the game to watch the debut of Washington phenom Stephen Strasburg.
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