Series: Game 2 of 3

Oakland leads 2-0 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
Game 3: Sunday, April 6

Angels 2

(2-3, 0-2 away)

Athletics 4

(4-1, 4-1 home)

    4:05 PM ET, April 5, 2003 Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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    ANA 010000010 2 7 0
    OAK 10100020 - 4 8 0

    W: J. Halama (1-0)

    L: J. Washburn (0-1)

    S: K. Foulke (1)

    Washburn leaves after being hit by line drive

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- John Halama calmly reminded himself he wasn't getting out of this, no matter how nervous he felt for his first start with the Oakland Athletics.

    John Halama

    His legs became wobbly as the lineup was announced, and he toweled himself off after his warmup as he tried to shake the jitters.

    "I told myself, 'This is it. It's not going to all of the sudden rain,''' he said. "'I've got to go out there. I can't go anywhere.'''

    The nerves quickly left him and Halama did not give up an earned run in 5 2/3 innings as the A's defeated the Anaheim Angels 4-2 Saturday.

    "I went out and bared down and concentrated on every pitch,'' said Halama, who bounced from the rotation to the bullpen to Triple-A last season with Seattle and never could get into a pitching groove.

    "I didn't think about anything -- just location.''

    Adam Piatt homered and doubled in a rare start. After a pair of flyouts, Erubiel Durazo drove in his 11th run of the season for the defending AL West champions, hitting a seventh-inning double.

    Piatt hit a solo homer in the first off Jarrod Washburn (0-1) and also made an athletic, running catch in left on a line drive by David Eckstein in the second as Oakland's defense bailed out Halama on several occasions.

    Piatt doubled in the third on a day manager Ken Macha started only one regular in the outfield, right fielder Jermaine Dye.

    Washburn was hit by Mark Ellis' line drive in the upper area of his left arm with two outs in the seventh. The left-hander immediately retired from the game with a contusion that wasn't considered serious. He is expected to make his next start.

    Washburn sprained his left shoulder when he landed hard on it during a pitching drill at spring training and only made two exhibition starts.

    "It could have been worse, it could have hit my elbow,'' he said. "I know it's going to be sore but it's just going to be a bruise. I threw well. I made a couple mistakes but overall I was happy with it. I'm not happy that I didn't win.''

    Durazo, the regular designated hitter, started at first base for the second straight day while Scott Hatteberg nurses a sprained right ankle. Hatteberg came in to play first in the eighth after pinch-hitting in the seventh.

    Durazo is hitting .400 (6-for-15) in his first five games. Ricardo Rincon got one out in the eighth and Keith Foulke worked the ninth for his first save.

    After allowing the double to Piatt in the third, Washburn retired 11 straight batters before Dye doubled to lead off the seventh.

    Troy Glaus had two hits with an eighth-inning homer for Anaheim, which didn't get a hit from its bottom five batters in a 7-3 loss Friday night.

    "I thought we could have won. We certainly had the opportunities,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we couldn't execute. We had players in scoring position but the balls never fell in.''

    Halama (1-0), one of four lefties in Oakland's rotation, was tested in all but the third inning, when he retired the side.

    He had runners on second in the first, second and fifth innings, escaping a jam in the fifth with men on first and second with one out thanks to his defense. Ellis made a diving catch on a drive by Tim Salmon, and shortstop Miguel Tejada stopped a liner by Garret Anderson.

    Halama made things difficult again in the sixth, giving way to Jeremy Fikac with runners at second and third and two out. Halama stopped to wave his glove to the cheering fans as he left the field.

    Macha has hinted the evaluation process of Halama won't be just one game, saying "We're going to let it play out.'' The 6-foot-5 Halama struggled in spring training but earned the No. 5 starter job over right-hander Aaron Harang.

    "He was tremendous today,'' Macha said of Halama. "He had command inside and mixed up his pitches very well. He kept their hitters off-balance and we made good plays behind him.''

    Game notes

    Eric Byrnes started in CF for Oakland in place of Chris Singleton. ... Anaheim 2B Adam Kennedy did not start for the second straight game because of a severely bruised right hamstring that he hurt in a collision with Tim Salmon on Ruben Sierra's shallow flyball against Texas on Wednesday. He came into the game in the eighth. ... Halama improved to 8-1 against the Angels, his most wins against any team. "I don't know what the reason is,'' he said. "No idea.'' ... Glaus hit his 150th career HR. HR.

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