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

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

"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.