Angels’ Saunders seeks rebound in clash with A’s

– The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim appeared to get one starter back on track in the opener of their four-game set with the Oakland Athletics. They hope the same happens for Joe Saunders tonight, when the teams meet again at the Coliseum.

Saunders, who turned 28 on Thursday, struggled over his final three starts of the first half, going 0-1 in that time frame while allowing 18 earned runs over a total of just 14 innings. He was last in action last Friday, when he gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings of a no-decision versus the Yankees.

The left-hander is 8-5 on the season and his earned run average has lifted from 3.66 to 4.65 thanks to the three-game stretch.

Saunders, though, has already beaten Oakland twice this year — allowing a total of just two runs — and is 7-2 with a 3.77 ERA in his career versus the Athletics.

That seems to be formula that Ervin Santana followed in last night’s 6-2 Angels’ victory. Santana was just 1-5 prior to Thursday’s outing, but he gave up just a run on three hits over eight innings to improve to 10-1 lifetime against the A’s.

“I just want to put everything together in the second half…re-focus and forget about the first half…(I had) good stuff [Thursday],” said Santana.

Anaheim’s Kendry Morales connected on a two-run homer to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games, while the Angels also got three hits from Erick Aybar and Mike Napoli to win a fourth straight game.

Los Angeles also upped its lead over idle Texas for first place in the American League West to two games.

A’s starter Dallas Braden was charged with 10 hits and six runs over five innings and had a two-start winning streak broken for Oakland.

“I figured I’d try something new and start everybody out (with a) 2-0 (count), and see how that worked. That didn’t really pan out,” Braden said. “They scored runs and I couldn’t get an out.”

The lone bright spot for the A’s was Matt Holliday, who drove in both of the team’s runs. One of those came on a solo homer, his ninth of the season and first since June 5.

“He’s been fighting kind of a timing issue,” Geren told Oakland’s Web site of Holliday. “He looked very good from the side angle I saw him with from the dugout. He read the ball, got his foot down — he looked really in sync”

Rookie Trevor Cahill draws the starting assignment tonight for the A’s. After winning three decisions in a row, Cahill lost his last three starts prior to the break, getting tagged for 16 earned runs in a span of 12 2/3 innings.

The 21-year-old is 5-8 with a 4.67 ERA and his major-league start came versus the Angels back on April 7. Cahill allowed three runs (2 earned) on five hits and a season-high five walks over five innings on that day, getting a no- decision.

Oakland has lost four straight and eight of its last 12 at home versus LA, which swept the A’s in a two-game set at the Coliseum from May 4-5.

Provide by: OddsandNews


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