OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Miguel Tejada took a day off 10 days ago,
and it's still paying dividends.
Tejada hit a two-run homer to highlight a five-run burst in the
third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Anaheim 5-2 Tuesday
night, handing the Angels their sixth straight loss.
"That day off really helped me out," said Tejada, who was out
of the starting lineup on June 23 for the only time this season.
"My mind is a lot more relaxed. It's good to watch from the
outside and see what other guys are doing."
Tejada is batting .385 with four homers and 14 RBI since
sitting out the game against Texas.
"He's swinging the bat great," Oakland manager Art Howe said.
"That was a big home run for us. It kind of broke the game open."
The crowd of 51,838, helped by a postgame fireworks show, was
the third largest in Coliseum history.
Barry Zito (5-6) won for just the second time since April 29. He
allowed two runs on three hits over five innings, matching his
second-shortest outing of the season.
"I felt a little light-headed, a little weak," Zito said. "I
wasn't as strong as I usually am, but I still feel like I had
command of my pitches. I didn't feel out of control."
The Angels ended their 27-inning scoreless streak when Garret
Anderson hit a two-run homer in the second.
Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 22
opportunities as the A's won for the fifth time in seven games.
"It seems like when you have some margin for error, you make
more pitches," Isringhausen said. "It's easier on the mind."
Jeremy Giambi singled home another run, and Menechino scored on
a passed ball ahead of Tejada's 17th homer of the year, a two-run
shot that sailed into the second deck in left field.
"I strike out the side one inning and the next inning they
start jumping on pitches early in the count," Rapp said. "One bad
inning and that killed us. I hung a curve for the homer and that
Anderson's 13th homer of the season gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.
Anaheim never got a runner past first after the second inning.
OF Ron Gant, whom the A's acquired in a trade for OF Robin
Jennings, is expected to be in uniform for Wednesday's game against
Anaheim. Minor league pitcher Eric Ireland was designated for
assignment to make room for Gant on the 40-man roster. ... Oakland
went over the 1 million mark in attendance in its 39th home date.
It is the earliest the club has reached the mark since 1992 (33rd
date). ... SS Bobby Crosby, the A's first-round draft pick, signed
on Tuesday. ... A's reliever Jeff Tam, who pitched three innings,
has not allowed a run in eight innings against the Angels this
year. ... The A's are 11-3 when Tejada hits a home run. ... The
Angels' 3-4-5 hitters are 3-for-24 in the first two games of the