Angels 5, Athletics 4


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Garret Anderson went 4-for-4 with another homer and Jeff Weaver earned his first win with his new Los Angeles team in the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Weaver (1-2), a 14-game winner for the Dodgers last year, outpitched Dan Haren and got quick outs until Nick Swisher’s first career grand slam in the fifth pulled the A’s to 5-4.

Weaver struck out five and walked one in six innings. Brendan Donnelly and Scot Shields each worked a scoreless inning, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Adam Kennedy added an RBI double and Vladimir Guerrero singled in a run after fouling a pitch off his left knee in the first against Haren (0-2), who is winless in four outings and off to another slow start.

Haren gave up five runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings, but stayed in the game after the Angels’ three-run fifth in which he plunked Chone Figgins and threw a wild pitch that led to a run.

After walking Figgins to start the game and giving up Guerrero’s single two batters later, Haren received a visit from pitching coach Curt Young – and something changed. Tim Salmon grounded into an inning-ending double play to start a stretch of eight straight outs by the right-hander, in his second full season as a starter.

But Anderson sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right for a solo shot with one out in the fourth, his second homer in two games. He also had three singles.

Dan Johnson broke out of his 1-for-37 slump to start the season with three hits for the A’s, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

He singled on the first pitch from Weaver in the third and added an infield single in the fifth that loaded the bases with one out. Moments later, Swisher sent a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall for his seventh home run and pumped his fist while rounding first.

Johnson singled again in the seventh and finished 3-for-4, raising his batting average from .027 to .098. Jay Payton snapped an 0-for-19 skid with his single to center leading off the fifth.

Anderson has 207 hits against the A’s, the most by active players, and a .330 career average. In addition, his 111 hits in the Oakland Coliseum are the most by an active player.

Notes: A’s closer Huston Street played catch to test his strained chest muscle that made him unavailable for the fourth straight game. If the reigning AL Rookie of the Year feels fine Sunday, he will likely throw off a mound and could be available as soon as Monday’s game at Texas. “It felt good,” Street said of his session of about 50 throws. “No pain. I just felt a little weak, fatigued because the muscles are still weak. You’ve got to recondition them, but that’ll come real quick.” … Oakland SS Bobby Crosby is not expected to miss significant time with a strained right triceps muscle, an injury he sustained in batting practice Friday. Crosby was examined Saturday by team orthopedist Jerrald Goldman, who was pleased with Crosby’s improvement and didn’t think the 2004 AL Rookie of the Year would need to spend time on the disabled list. “It’s certainly not a DL type of thing,” Goldman said. “It’s days rather than weeks.” Crosby’s injury is deep beneath the armpit where the triceps muscle begins – an uncommon spot that makes it difficult to treat. Crosby entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth.

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