OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland's bats are back, all right. That swagger and easygoing approach has returned to the suddenly confident Athletics' clubhouse.
Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez hit a two-run shot and Marco Scutaro also connected, helping the A's complete an impressive homestand with a 12-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
"We're starting to become the team I thought -- and everybody thought -- we'd be," Hatteberg said. "We had a really good homestand. It's what we wanted and what we needed. (Confidence) just comes with scoring a lot of runs. Everybody gets kind of loose."
Dan Haren pitched his second straight gem with seven sharp innings as the A's won for the sixth time in seven home games. They now hit the road for interleague play at Washington and Atlanta with a rediscovered self-assuredness -- a far cry from the beating their psyches took during a recent eight-game skid, all away from the Coliseum.
Dan Johnson drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and Scutaro and Hatteberg both finished with three hits and three runs scored. Scutaro had a chance at the cycle after three innings -- he homered in the first, doubled in the second and singled in the third -- but grounded out in the fifth and drew an eighth-inning walk.
He's more pleased with the team's success.
"Every team goes into a slump, even the best teams like the Yankees," Scutaro said. "That's the good thing about baseball. Tomorrow is a new day and you can forget the past."
Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from the A's here in April but have now lost four of five and seven of 10.
"It was just one of those days: a waste of our time," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "They came out swinging. They were going to whack it around no matter what we threw at them."
The A's tagged Toronto starter Chad Gaudin (1-1) for four runs and five hits in the first inning and sent nine batters to the plate. The inning lasted 26 minutes and Gaudin threw 37 pitches. He would throw 11 more in the second inning before being removed, having given up seven runs and seven hits.
"It didn't go too well for me out there, but I have a short-term memory about this," Gaudin said.
Scutaro, batting in the leadoff spot in manager Ken Macha's creative lineup, hit his third homer of the year in the first with a shot to left -- his first career leadoff home run. Bobby Crosby followed that with a bizarre infield double in which shortstop John McDonald lost the high popup in the sun.
After two innings, everybody but No. 9 hitter Adam Melhuse, the backup catcher, had a hit for Oakland -- and he'd only had one at-bat. Scutaro, Crosby and Hatteberg each already had two hits. Also, eight of the nine starters had either an RBI or a run scored.
Crosby's second-inning RBI single chased Gaudin, then Scott Downs immediately gave up the home run to Chavez, a first-pitch blast into the right-field seats for the Gold Glove third baseman's seventh of the year.
Hatteberg hit his fourth homer of the season in the third.
"It was a nice day today, a great homestand," A's manager Ken Macha said. "Our recent road record, you can't talk about it too much. Hopefully we've got a little momentum going into this thing."
Haren (3-7), coming off his first career complete game in a 10-1 win over Tampa Bay last Tuesday that snapped a seven-start winless stretch, allowed two runs and four hits, struck out four and didn't surrender a walk for the third straight start.
The right-hander faced the minimum through three innings, then gave up Wells' 13th homer in the fourth. After that, Haren retired the final 11 batters he faced. He received some advice from Barry Zito and pitching coach Curt Young in recent weeks.
"I'm very encouraged," Haren said. "Now, I'm taking the ball and I'm confident. I go out there thinking I'm going to win."
Gibbons was back in the dugout a day after being ill and missing Saturday's game.