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Angels Bats on Fire, A's Pitching Torched in Anaheim

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Johnny Giavotella's first Halo Homer Highlights a 14-1 route of Oakland.

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Mike Scioscia utters the cliché "Turn The Page" after Halo losses, insisting the team just forget about what happened and go out the next day with a new page int he book to write.

After a tough loss last night the Halos apparently decided to burn the page. The team's bats were on fire tonight and Oakland was immolated early and often for the first Angels victory at home of the regular season in five tries.

The big hit came from an unexpected source as number nine hitting 2B Johnny Giavotella hit his first homerun as an Angel (and only the fifth of his big league career). The three run shot came in the bottom of the second inning off of A's starter Drew Pomeranz and the red jerseys never looked back.

Hector Santiago tossed six innings of three hit ball, striking out eight and walking three. It took a 101 pitches for him to get that far so Vinnie Pestano and newly recalled Cam Bedrosian cleaned up the final three innings.

Kole Calhoun had four hits, one of them a three-run home run - this on a night where two Angels scored three runs apiece and the Angels scored two runs each. Former Angels farmhand R.J. Alvarez was terrible for the A's in relief - ensuring that the man he was traded for, Huston Street, could have another night off.

The Athletics meanwhile played like a team scared of the ball - which after a session with headhunting Kansas City is not surprising. There are two more games between these two coming up, so we will see if The A's bring their B-game again tomorrow night.