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Rosales homers in 1st AB for A's, has 4 RBIs

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adam Rosales homered in his first AL at-bat, added a go-ahead single and finished with four RBIs as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 Sunday.

Rosales, a backup infielder with Cincinnati the last two seasons, hit a solo home run in the second inning. His drive was Oakland's only hit through the first six innings against Joe Saunders (0-2).

Saunders retired 13 in a row before giving up three straight hits to start a three-run seventh. Rosales capped the rally with a two-run single.

Rosales drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth as the A's pulled away. The AL West champion Angels went 2-5 on their season-opening homestand.

Dallas Braden (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits over six innings. In his season debut last Tuesday against Seattle, the left-hander struck a career-high 10 in seven innings.

Rookie Tyson Ross pitched three innings for his first major league save.

The A's trailed 3-1 going into the seventh. Singles by Ryan Sweeney and Kevin Kouzmanoff put runners at the corners for Mark Ellis, who delivered the first of his two RBI doubles.

Kevin Jepsen relieved Saunders and struck out Jake Fox. But Rosales, the Athletics' No. 7 hitter, lined the next pitch to right field for a 4-3 lead.

The A's tacked on three more runs in the eighth, all unearned because of third baseman Brandon Wood's throwing error. Wood, a perennial prospect who has taken over as the Angels' regular third baseman after the departure of free agent Chone Figgins, is 1 for 19 with seven strikeouts through his first five games. The error was his first of the season.

Bobby Abreu hit a solo home run in the Angels' first. The two-time All-Star snapped a drought of 25 at-bats without an RBI, the longest of his 15-year career to start a season.

Torii Hunter followed Abreu's homer with a double and scored on a single by Kendry Morales.

Rosales homered into the first row of the seats in the left-field corner. He had four homers in 259 at-bats over the previous two seasons with Cincinnati.

NOTES: Angels pitchers have allowed at least one homer in each of their first seven games for the first time in the franchise's 50-year history. The previous longest streak from the start of a season was five, in 1969 and 1981. ... The Angels begin a road trip on Tuesday at New York, where the Yankees will receive their World Series rings. So will Angels new DH Hideki Matsui, the Series MVP, who spent his seven previous big league seasons in the Bronx. The Yankees beat the Angels in the AL championship series. ... Juan Rivera homered in the ninth for Los Angeles, which has been outscored 29-9 in its last three losses. ... Braden was 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA in his three starts against the Angels in 2009.