Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Monday, September 15
Game 2: Tuesday, September 16
Game 3: Wednesday, September 17

Athletics 5

(91-61, 38-39 away)

Angels 6

(73-80, 41-34 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 16, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    OAK 200100020 5 12 1
    ANA 100100103 6 9 1

    W: D. Turnbow (1-0)

    L: J. Mecir (2-3)

    Anaheim 6, Oakland 5

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The red-clad fans began cheering wildly the moment Scott Spiezio's homer sailed into the right-field seats.

    It seemed almost like last fall again in Anaheim.

    The struggling Angels, last year's World Series champions, beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 on Tuesday night on Spiezio's three-run shot with one out in the ninth.

    "It's been a real tough second half, with all the injuries and the way we've been playing," Spiezio said. "So that was a little spark, reminds you a little bit of last year."

    His 16th homer, on the first pitch he saw from Jim Mecir, ended Oakland's seven-game winning streak.

    Mecir started the ninth in his first save situation of the season because Oakland closer Keith Foulke -- the AL leader with 43 saves -- had a stiff back.

    Mecir (2-3) gave up a one-out single to Garret Anderson, then walked Tim Salmon before Spiezio lined a first-pitch fastball over the wall.

    "It was nice to have a second chance. I got up there earlier with the bases loaded and just didn't quite get it out far enough," said Spiezio, whose fly to center in the seventh wasn't deep enough for the speedy Chone Figgins to tag up and try to score.

    The Angels, 72-80 this season after their improbable run to their first title last year, were the last major league team this season without a walk-off homer.

    Spiezio, whose three-run homer in Game 6 of the World Series helped the Angels rally from a five-run deficit, did it again after Oakland scored twice in the eighth to take a 5-3 lead.

    "Wins for us have been few and far between, so it's a good feeling to get a win, especially that way," said Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn, who didn't figure in the decision.

    Derrick Turnbow (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and allowed one hit for his first major league win.

    The A's maintained their 4{-game lead in the AL West over Seattle, which lost 10-5 at Texas.

    Foulke, who had saves in the Athletics' last two games and three of their last four, called the dugout from the bullpen in the second inning to say he wasn't going to be able to pitch because of his back.

    "This is the first time it's happened this year. I don't know what causes it," Foulke said. "It didn't bother me until I came in after batting practice and started to cool down.

    "It just kind of started to tighten up. When I got down to the bullpen, it got to where I really couldn't bend over. So I called and told them I wouldn't be available for today."

    The A's -- and Mecir -- certainly don't want Foulke to miss much time.

    "It would be a big loss. He's probably the best closer in the American League right now," Mecir said.

    Oakland's Erubiel Durazo, who hit a solo homer in the first, singled off Brendan Donnelly with two outs in the eighth to snap a 3-3 tie. Eric Chavez followed with an RBI single.

    Anderson had three hits, including an RBI ground-rule double off Ricardo Rincon to tie it at 3 in the seventh.

    Oakland's Rich Harden, making his 12th major league start, went 6 1-3 innings, giving up three runs -- two earned. He walked five and struck out four.

    Game notes

    SS Miguel Tejada, 2-for-41 against Washburn going in, went 2-for-3 with two infield singles against him. ... Donnelly has given up 11 earned runs over his last 21 innings after allowing just two in his first 50 innings.

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