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Erick Aybar HR in Extras Brings Angels in 10

Finale Score in Oakland: Angels 6, Athletics 5...

Fernando Rodney blew a 2-Run Lead in the 8th inning after All Star Torii Hunter had put the Angels ahead 5-3 with a two-run HR (the 250th of his career) in the top of the inning. That spoiled a Quality Start by Joel Pineiro. The first three runs of the game were courtesy of a two-run HR by Bobby Abreu in the 1st inning and a Hideki Matsui Sac Fly with the bases loaded in the 6th.

But Erick Aybar hit a solo HR to lead off the top of the 10th inning and the Angels took the first game of this 3-Game set with the A's. Good news for the Angels was Andrew Bailey pitching the 9th and 10th for the A's, hopefully gassing out, and yet, seeing as he was quite capable allowing Angels baserunners, maybe not.

The next time you see a run prevention chart in regard to outfield defense, recall tonight's game as a reason why the Angels will give up 20 - 40 more runs than the league average. Awful fielding in the outfield by Abreu and Juan Rivera could have been as close to the blame of the game besides F-Rodney as anything else.

Kevin Jepsen got the win with a scoreless 9th inning and Brian Fuentes pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning for his 16th Save.


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