Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/17)

Game 1: Friday, April 16
Game 2: Saturday, April 17
Game 3: Sunday, April 18

Athletics 3

(7-4, 3-2 away)

Angels 6

(7-5, 3-2 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 17, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: J. Washburn (2-1)

    L: M. Mulder (1-1)

    Washburn allows two runs in five innings

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The first matchup between Vladimir Guerrero and Mark Mulder went to the Anaheim Angels' slugger.

    Guerrero hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Mulder, leading the Angels to a 6-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

    Guerrero drove a 3-2 pitch over the center-field wall for a 4-1 lead. It was the first home run allowed this season by the left-hander.

    "It was a fastball that came back right over the middle," Mulder said. "He covers a lot of the plate, but as long as you make good pitches you're going to keep him off-balance. That one at-bat I didn't."

    The Angels prized offseason acquisition came close to another homer his next time up against Mulder, but left fielder Bobby Kielty leaned against the short fence in the corner and caught the ball above his head.

    "Even the one he hit to the wall that Kielty caught, it was still a good pitch. He was just looking in and he beat me to it," Mulder said. "But it stayed in the park, and that's the bottom line, I guess."

    Troy Glaus completed the scoring in the eighth against Chad Bradford with his fourth homer after a leadoff walk to Garret Anderson.

    Mulder (1-1) allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking two. It was the first time in Oakland's first four series this season that the Athletics did not win the first two games.

    Jarrod Washburn (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings for the Angels, after surrendering 10 earned runs and 18 hits over 10 2-3 innings over his first two starts.

    "I'm not real happy with throwing five innings, but I'm very happy about getting the win," Washburn said. "I'd rather come out of a game early and hand it over to the bullpen, than make a mistake and not have the lead anymore."

    The left-hander struck out five and walked three while improving his record against the Athletics to 6-8. He had made six straight starts against Oakland without a win, dating back to 2002.

    "It's fun to beat the best, and those three (Mulder, Tim Hudson and Barry Zito) are three of the best in the game. So the odds are, you're going to hit one of them," Washburn said.

    Washburn barely made it out of the fifth. The A's loaded the bases with a two-out RBI single by Jermaine Dye and a walk to Eric Karros, but Washburn struck out Erubiel Durazo on three consecutive sliders.

    Scott Shields, Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival finished up for Anaheim. Rodriguez struck out all four batters he faced. Percival got his third save in four attempts -- despite giving up a leadoff pinch-hit homer by Billy McMillon in the ninth and walking two batters.

    The Angels grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second with a pair of unearned runs, capitalizing on errors by Mulder and three-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez.

    Anderson led off the inning with a grounder behind first base and was safe when Mulder took the toss from Karros and missed the bag. It was the left-hander's first error in 65 games and 106 chances since Aug. 28, 2001.

    Glaus walked after the error, Jose Guillen singled, and Bengie Molina hit a one-out grounder that Chavez charged before making an off-balance throw that got past catcher Damian Miller -- allowing Anderson and Glaus to score.

    "It was just one of those things. I probably make that play nine times out of 10," Chavez said. "The ball just sailed on me and it came across the runner. It's a tough play for the catcher to reach back over and grab it."

    Game notes

    Mulder dropped to 45-10 in games he's pitched at least seven innings. ... Marco Scutaro, who robbed David Eckstein of a first-inning single with a diving stop in the hole, has played errorless ball at 2B through the first 11 games as Mark Ellis' replacement. Ellis dislocated his right shoulder in spring training and is out for the season. ... Washburn's 132 career starts without a shutout are the most ever by an Angels pitcher. ... For the first time this season, the A's played an entire game without grounding into a double play.

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