Ervin Santana remained unbeaten in six starts, Casey Kotchman drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 Wednesday night.
Santana (5-0) allowed an unearned run and four hits over 6 2-3 innings with three strikeouts and a walk. The right-hander is 8-1 lifetime against Oakland with a 1.25 ERA, and has allowed only one earned run in his last 30 innings against the A's.
The Angels now have two pitchers with 5-0 records in April during the same season for the first time in their 48-year history. Joe Saunders beat the A's 2-0 Tuesday night for his fifth win in six starts. The only other Angels pitcher to go 5-0 in April was Frank Tanana in 1978.
Dana Eveland (3-2) was charged with six runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking two. The left-hander, who came to the A's with Greg Smith in a seven-player trade that sent Dan Haren to Arizona in December, hasn't made it through the sixth in his last four starts despite beating Kansas City and Seattle in his previous two.
Eveland felt some discomfort taking his warmup throws for the second inning, and trainer Steve Sayles came out with manager Bob Geren to watch him take a few more before letting Eveland stay in. The Angels took the lead that inning on Kotchman's two-run double inside third base, and added a run in the third on Torii Hunter's RBI single.
The A's, who haven't scored an earned run since beating the Angels 14-2 on Monday night, trimmed the Angels' lead to 3-1 in the fifth after rookie third baseman Matt Brown committed his second error of the game. Brown, who allowed Daric Barton's routine grounder to go through his legs in the first inning, fielded Jack Hannahan's grounder cleanly _ but made a low throw to first base that Kotchman wasn't able to scoop out of the dirt.
The Angels extended their margin to 6-1 with three runs in the sixth. Kotchman chased Eveland with an RBI double inside first base, Juan Rivera came home on a squeeze bunt by Jeff Mathis that ended up being a base hit, and Chone Figgins capped the rally with an RBI single off Joey Devine.
Notes:@ Dave Stewart, who never won a Cy Young award despite four consecutive 20-win seasons with the Athletics, hosted the A's pregame and postgame shows on radio Wednesday as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the team's move to Oakland. "It'll be the first time _ and probably the last," said Stewart, the World Series MVP in 1989. Stewart is an agent these days, handling 10 current major leaguers, including the A's Eric Chavez and Santiago Casilla. ... In addition to his two errors, Brown was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his season debut after getting recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake _ where he batted .425 with six homers and 23 RBIs in 24 games. ... Ron Romanick, who pitched for the Angels' 1986 AL West championship club, is in his first season as Oakland's bullpen coach. ... Bobby Crosby was 0-for-3 against Santana and is hitless in 13 career at-bats against him. ... Angels LF Garret Anderson, hitting just .222 with two homers and 11 RBIs this month, got the night off. The three-time All-Star entered this season with a .293 career average in April. ... Angels 2B Howie Kendrick is expected to take a side trip to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga for a one-game rehab assignment Thursday before the club activates him from the DL. He has been sidelined since April 14 with a strained left hamstring.