Cust homers; A’s beat Angels 5-2
OAKLAND – Jack Cust homered for the second time in three games, Adam Rosales added a two-run single and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday.
Trevor Cahill, Oakland’s lone All-Star representative before closer Andrew Bailey was added to the AL roster Sunday, scattered five hits over seven innings. Cahill worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth without allowing a run to earn the win.
Bobby Abreu homered for the second straight day for the Angels, who ended their dismal road trip 1-6. It’s the first time since 2006 that Los Angeles entered the break outside of first place in the AL West. They remained 4 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers.
It was a busy afternoon for both clubs where the Midsummer Classic is concerned.
Cahill (9-3) was replaced on the All-Star roster by Angels starter Jared Weaver, who lost for only the second time in his last six starts. Since he also pitched Sunday, Weaver was taken off and replaced by Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 21 attempts.
Even though Cahill won’t pitch in the All-Star game, he’ll attend the festivities in Anaheim coming off one of his most impressive outings of the season. The Oakland right-hander allowed an unearned run in the fifth after shortstop Cliff Pennington’s throwing error, but was otherwise solid after getting shelled by the Yankees on July 6.
Cahill saved his best for the sixth, after Abreu’s leadoff double, a walk to Torii Hunter and a single by Hideki Matsui loaded the bases. He got Mike Napoli to ground into a 5-2-3 double play and struck out Cory Aldridge to preserve the A’s 3-1 lead.
Oakland then scored twice in the bottom of the inning on Rosales’ two-out single to break the game open. It’s the A’s second straight win after getting swept by the Yankees and dropping the first game of this series against the Angels.
It’s also the second time Oakland has tagged Weaver (8-5) with a loss this season.
The Angels’ starter, who was beaten by the A’s on June 8 in Oakland, allowed an RBI double to Kurt Suzuki in the first and Cust’s two-run homer in the fourth. He left one batter after Rosales’ two-run single made it 5-1 in the sixth.
Suzuki finished 3 for 3 with a walk, the fourth time this season he’s had three hits.
Weaver had been solid in his previous five starts, going 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA. With seven strikeouts against the A’s, the righty passed Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and San Francisco’s two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum for the major league lead with 137.
The Angels scored one run in the eighth off Oakland reliever Craig Breslow and had the tying run at the plate with two outs before Michael Wuertz struck out pinch-hitter Paul McAnulty.
Notes: A’s manager Bob Geren said LHP Dallas Braden could return from the DL against Boston on July 20. Braden, who pitched a perfect game May 9, has been sidelined with elbow stiffness. … A day after getting the first hit of his major league career, Aldridge went 0 for 3 … Cust recorded his fifth career stolen base in the sixth. … Abreu’s homer is his fifth against the A’s this season.
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