Cust, A's Rout Angels 15-8

Oakland's bats afire; connect for 20 hits
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 12:53 AM CDT
Los Angeles Angels catcher Mike Napoli, left, waits for the ball as Oakland Athletics' Daric Barton slides into home plate to score in the fifth inning of their game in Anaheim, Calif. last night.   (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
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(Newser) – Jack Cust went 4-for-4 with a go-ahead homer that triggered an eight-run fifth inning, while Emil Brown added another four hits and an RBI as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 15-8 last night to gain a split of the four-game series. The A's, who beat the Halos 14-2 in Monday's series opener, had 20 hits.

Justin Duchscherer (2-1) allowed six runs - only one earned - and six hits over five innings with six strikeouts in his 200th major league game and eighth career start. The right-hander, making his second start after missing three weeks with a biceps strain, ran his career record against the Angels to 6-0 - although four of those wins came in relief.