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Angels knock off A's with eighth-inning outbust

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson hit run-scoring singles in the eighth inning as the Anaheim Angels beat
Oakland 2-1 Monday night, avoiding a four-game sweep by the

After sharp performances by Oakland's Barry Zito and Anaheim's
Jarrod Washburn, the game was still scoreless when David Eckstein drew a two-out walk in the eighth from Ricardo Rincon (6-4).

Darin Erstad sent Eckstein to third with a single that stopped
an 0-for-14 slide and Chad Bradford relieved. Salmon then bounced
an 0-2 pitch off the pitcher's glove for an infield hit that put
Anaheim ahead, and Anderson followed a run-scoring single to

All-Star reliever Brendan Donnelly (1-1) pitched a scoreless
eighth, escaping his own jam in the eighth by striking out Miguel
Tejada, Oakland's RBI leader, with a runner at third.

Troy Percival got three outs for his 23rd save in 24 chances,
allowing a leadoff homer in the ninth to Erubiel Durazo.

Washburn, who allowed a career-high 10 runs over 3 1-3 innings
last Wednesday at Texas, needed 29 pitches to get out of the first.
then settled down. He wound up allowing four hits and one walk in
seven innings, while striking out seven.

Zito, who has lost three straight decisions, allowed five hits
in seven innings with two strikeouts and no walks.

Anaheim had its best scoring chance against Zito in the fifth,
when Bengie Molina led off with a double and advanced on a
groundout by Scott Spiezio. But Robb Quinlan, making his major
league debut, hit his second comebacker to Zito and Adam Kennedy
struck out.

Oakland stranded a runner at second base in the first and second
innings. Salmon prevented a run in the second when he made a
sliding catch of Adam Piatt's flyball in right field and doubled up
Terrence Long at first base to end the inning.

That double play began a string of 15 consecutive batters
retired by Washburn. Eric Chavez broke the spell with a line single
to center with two outs in the seventh, moments after a cloudburst
sent most of the crowd scurrying for cover.

David McCarty followed with a single up the middle that sent
Washburn ducking. Washburn then stranded both runners by striking
out Long.

Game notes
A pregame moment of silence was observed for Bob Hope,
which was preceded by a rendition of "Thanks for the Memory" by
organist Peggy Duquesnel. ... Quinlan, promoted from Triple-A Salt
Lake after Sunday's game, started at 1B and was 0-for-3. ...
Washburn, who has allowed a major league-high 27 homers, did not
allow one for the first time in 11 starts since May 29 at Tampa
Bay. ... Tejada was 0-for-2 against Washburn, and has only one hit
in 38 career at-bats against him.