Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
Oakland 2Final
Anaheim 1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Oakland 2Final
Anaheim 5
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Oakland 5Final
Anaheim 6
Game 4: Thursday, September 12
Oakland 6Final
Anaheim 7

Athletics 2

(91-53, 45-28 away)

Angels 5

(89-55, 47-26 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 10, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (13-9)

    L: T. Lilly (4-7)

    S: T. Percival (36)

    Spiezio helps bring Angels within two games of A's

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Spiezio didn't take long to exact a little revenge against Ted Lilly.

    Scott Spiezio

    Scott Spiezio, right, was one of the many heroes for the Angels last season.

    One pitch, to be exact.

    Spiezio hit a two-run homer off Lilly in the first inning and added a run-scoring double in the eighth as the Anaheim Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Tuesday night.

    The win was the 11th in 12 games for the Angels, who moved within two games of AL West-leading Oakland and extended their lead over Seattle in the wild-card race to five games.

    Terrence Long hit a two-run homer for the A's, who lost for just the second time in 25 games. They had won three straight since their AL-record 20-game winning streak was snapped in Minnesota.

    While pitching for the New York Yankees on Aug. 5, 2001, Lilly beaned Spiezio after Anaheim's Ramon Ortiz hit Derek Jeter with a pitch.

    Spiezio said it wasn't on his mind as he entered the batter's box to face Lilly for the first time since the beaning.

    ''It skimmed my helmet, it didn't hurt me,'' Spiezio recalled. ''I think it was on everybody else's mind but mine. They reminded me.''

    After David Eckstein's leadoff single, Spiezio hit Lilly's first delivery over the left-field fence for his 10th homer to put the Angels ahead for good.

    Starting at third base in place of ailing Troy Glaus, Spiezio also scored three times.

    Spiezio hit his RBI double with two outs in the eighth off Ricardo Rincon, and Garret Anderson followed with his major league-leading 53rd double to provide the Angels with a pair of insurance runs.

    ''Speez is swinging the bat terrific, especially from the right side,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He got a couple big hits for us.''

    Ortiz (13-9) held Oakland hitless for 5 1-3 innings in winning his fourth straight decision. He walked four and struck out two before being relieved by Brendan Donnelly to start the seventh.

    Troy Percival, the fifth Angels pitcher, retired David Justice on a fly to center with two on to end the eighth, then worked a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 40 chances.

    Lilly (4-7), who had been sidelined since July 20 because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder, allowed three runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings.

    ''I didn't execute pitches in the counts that I needed to, and getting ahead of hitters is something I've got to do to be successful,'' Lilly said.

    Regarding Spiezio, Lilly said: ''You definitely want to get ahead of him and throw him strikes. He's a pretty good hitter, so you really can't leave a lot over the middle of the plate because he's quick enough to get to that pitch.''

    Spiezio walked to open the third and scored on Shawn Wooten's one-out double, making it 3-0 and chasing Lilly. After hitting Tim Salmon with a pitch, Mike Fyhrie retired the next two batters to end the inning.

    Ray Durham singled with one out in the sixth for Oakland's first hit, and Long hit the next pitch over the right-field fence for his second homer in as many games and 15th of the season.

    ''I was just looking for good pitches to hit,'' Long said. ''Whether he lost his concentration or not, I don't know. He threw me a fastball in, and he didn't quite get it in as far as he wanted and I was able to put a good swing on it.

    ''But other than that, he didn't make many mistakes.''

    Ortiz has allowed a major league-leading 37 homers. He issued two walks later in the sixth before striking out Justice with his 100th pitch to end the inning.

    Ortiz entered 0-4 lifetime with a 5.68 ERA in six starts against the A's.

    Game notes

    Angels LHP Jarrod Washburn is under investigation by Anaheim police in an alleged sexual assault. The 28-year-old Washburn (17-5), the Angels' first 17-game winner in 11 years, has not been charged and the case has yet to be turned over to the Orange County district attorney's office, according to Scott Boras, Washburn's agent. ... Glaus didn't start because of a jammed left ring finger but entered at third base as a defensive replacement in the ninth. He was injured sliding headfirst into second base Monday night and is listed as day-to-day. ... Lilly was making just his third start for the A's since being acquired from the New York Yankees on July 5. ... Ortiz also pitched 5 1-3 hitless innings two starts ago in his first career shutout, a five-hitter against Baltimore. ... Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda, a senior vice president with the Los Angeles Dodgers, attended the game. Lasorda, who turns 75 later this month, managed Angels skipper Mike Scioscia for 14 years with the Dodgers. ''I'm here to bring him some Lasorda luck,'' he said.

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