LaRoche goes deep, but A's fall to Angels

LaRoche goes deep, but A's fall to Angels

LaRoche goes deep, but A's fall to Angels
PHOENIX -- Jeff Mathis homered in a four-run third inning that propelled the Angels to a 10-3 victory over the A's in Cactus League action at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Angels jumped out to an early lead against A's starter Brandon McCarthy, who offered up a leadoff double to Maicer Izturis. The Halos' designated hitter advanced to third on a Howie Kendrick single and scored the club's first run on a sacrifice fly by Alberto Callaspo.

Izturis again began a rally in the third with another double and found his way home on Kendrick's second hit of the game, a single to center. An RBI single from Bobby Abreu followed, and Mathis broke the contest open with a two-run homer to make it 5-0. Mathis was also responsible for the Angels' sixth run in the fifth with an RBI single.

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Angels left fielder Chris Pettit in the sixth frame reached second base on a fielding error by Josh Willingham and scored on Kendrick's double to extend the club's lead to 7-1.

The Halos tacked on three more runs on four hits in the eighth off Oakland reliever Craig Breslow. Kole Calhoun and Jean Segura both had RBI doubles and Andrew Heid capped the scoring with an RBI single.

McCarthy, making his final push for a rotation spot, went 5 1/3 innings, surrendering seven runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits with one walk and six strikeouts. It was his first walk allowed this spring.

Oakland's first run came in the fifth when Andy LaRoche homered to right field off Angels starter Matt Palmer, who allowed just four hits through six innings of work. The A's also scored twice in the eighth on an RBI double from Ryan Sweeney and an RBI single by Kevin Kouzmanoff.

"He needs to get in good zones, and he did today," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Palmer. "He had better command of both his four-seamer and two-seamer early and opened up the zone. He threw strikes. Matty's stuff is legit."

A's up next: Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who was recently named the A's Opening Day starter, makes his final Cactus League start on Saturday when the A's host the Rockies in an evening affair at Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 7:05 p.m. PT. First baseman Daric Barton, who has been sidelined by leg soreness, is expected to return to the lineup.

Angels up next: The Angels wrap up their Arizona phase of Spring Training on Saturday when they travel to Camelback Ranch in Glendale to face the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. PT. Jered Weaver, the team's expected Opening Day starter on March 31 in Kansas City, will make his final spring tuneup in his fifth Cactus League start and sixth overall, including a camp game. He's 1-0 with a 4.73 ERA, but has not walked a batter while striking out 17 in 13 1/3 innings. He also struck out 11 without a walk in 7 1/3 innings of a camp game. Outfielders Torii Hunter (right quadriceps tightness) and Vernon Wells (left hamstring tightness) are expected to be back in the lineup on Monday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

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