The worst player in professional baseball as measured by statistics turned in two game saving performances to help the Angels win their second game in a row for the first time in a dozen games and move over the .500 mark. Jeff Mathis had excellent block of the plate with a tag-out to end an A's threat in the bottom of the 7th inning. Mathis caught a bullet from Torii Hunter and swiped out Adam LaRoche on what would have been the go-ahead run and then later with a one-run lead late he bought lots of insurance with a two-run single.
Jered Weaver was denied the win but pitched superbly, striking out 5 and allowing only 1 run in 7 IP. After throwing 111 pitches, though, Scott Downs came out for the 8th inning. He picked up the win as Hunter had a clutch double to score Erick Aybar as the go-ahead run three batters ahead of Mathis setting the stage for a three run cushion to give Jordan Walden a 1-2-3 Save, his 9th of the season.