After driving his new team to a season-opening victory against the Twins with a go-ahead single and homer, Matsui watched the Angels go down four times in a row.
Determined to reverse that distressing course, the man from Japan came out smoking Saturday night, finishing the job in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single to subdue the Athletics, 4-3.
An Angel Stadium crowd of 40,249 roared its appreciation as Matsui was mobbed by his teammates near first base, his drive into the right-field corner against Craig Breslow having scored Bobby Abreu to save the Angels from their worst start since their debut season in 1961.
"Today's win is very important, obviously, in stopping the loss streak," Matsui said through Roger Kahlon's translation. "Having the lead, if we'd have lost this game, it would have left a sour taste in everybody's mouth."