ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Angels know how to bounce back.
"We got to keep pushing," Lackey said. "We got to be at our
best these next couple of games."
After losing Friday's series opener, the Angels won two straight
and head to Texas for a four-game series starting Monday before
closing with three games at Oakland. The A's, who hold a two-game
lead over the Rangers, host Seattle for four games starting Monday.
"It's going to be an interesting finish," Oakland manager Ken
Mark Mulder (17-7) was knocked out in the fourth inning, his
shortest outing this season. Oakland, which has had sole possession
of the division lead since Aug. 6, dropped to 10-14 in September.
"If we don't turn it around, we're in trouble," left fielder
Eric Byrnes said.
Before the game, the Angels suspended left fielder Jose Guillen
for the rest of the season for an outburst after being lifted for a
pinch runner a day earlier and said he would remain suspended if
the team advances to the postseason. Guillen is hitting .294 with
27 homers and a career-high 104 RBI.
"He understands the line he crossed," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "We had to do something with Jose. It was an issue
getting in the way of winning."
Lackey (14-12) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings,
improving to 10-4 since June 16 and evening the season series at
"My changeup has made my fastball more effective. It's really
been a great tool for me. I had a breakthrough game with it against
Texas," he said, referring to a July 28 win. "Ever since then
I've really trusted it."
Mulder gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings, his
second straight poor performance. On Tuesday, he lasted four
innings in a 9-4 loss at Texas, giving up nine runs for the first
time since Aug. 10, 2000.
"Everything kind of feels flat, and nothing is really sinking
the way it should. It's just kind of sliding across the strike
zone, and that's making things a little more hittable," Mulder
said. "He usually would never come and get me that early, but I've
also never pitched the way that I'm pitching right now. I'm not
going to help the team by doing what I'm doing."
Mulder is scheduled to start Friday, but Macha said he would
discuss it with the left-hander on Monday.
"It's extremely difficult. He's our horse. We've relied on him
all year," Macha said. "The kid does nothing but give you all
he's got out there, but we're in a pennant race."
Eric Chavez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Oakland's first run
in the first inning, but Glaus' RBI single tied the game in the
Guillen's replacement, Adam Riggs, gave the Angels a 2-1 lead
with an RBI double off the center-field wall in the second, and
Glaus hit a two-run homer in the third that made it 4-1.
One of Lackey's two wild pitches led to Oakland's second run,
scoring Byrnes in the fifth.
Oakland put two on with one out in the eighth, but Erubiel
Durazo flied out against Francisco Rodriguez -- Durazo was so
frustrated that he tapped his bat against his helmet -- and Jermaine
Dye grounded out.
Bengie Molina squeezed home a run for the Angels in the bottom
half, and Eckstein homered later in the inning.
Twenty of Anaheim's last 32 wins have been comebacks. ...
Oakland has spent 52 straight days in first place. ... Anaheim RF
Vladimir Guerrero received the Gene Autry owner's trophy as team
MVP in voting by the players, ending a three-year run by Garret
Anderson. ... The Angels set a franchise season attendance record
with 3,375,677, including 43,512 for Sunday's final regular-season