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Hatteberg's two-run single in 11th saves A's, who reach .500

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Five weeks after bottoming out at 15 games below .500, the Oakland Athletics are back at the break-even mark.

Bobby Crosby hit an inside the park home run, and Scott Hatteberg hit a two-run single in the 11th inning to lead Oakland to a 10-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

The A's have won 10 of 11 to move back to .500 (41-41) for the first time since May 2. Oakland has gone 24-9 since it was 15 games below .500 on May 29.

"That's a tremendous climb, a tremendous climb," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "I credit those guys out there. They are absolutely going for it every night, fever pitched."

Nick Swisher, Mark Kotsay and Dan Johnson also homered for the A's.

Justin Duchscherer (4-1) worked two innings and earned the victory.

"We have that winning attitude, and it's back," Swisher said. "In the month of May when we were struggling, it was really frustrating. Now, we're back to our old ways and having fun."

Kotsay and Crosby led off the 11th with singles off Miguel Batista (4-1) before Eric Chavez hit a long single off the left-field wall. Kotsay and Crosby didn't advance too far, fearing left fielder Gabe Gross would make the catch.

Hatteberg followed with a single to right that scored two, and two batters later, Swisher hit an RBI double to make it 10-7.

"It seemed like whoever was going to hit last was going to win," Swisher said.

Kotsay, Oakland's center fielder, made a spectacular play in the bottom of the 11th when he faked as if he was going to catch Gross' blooper before letting it drop. He then flipped the ball from his glove to his hand and forced out Russ Adams at second.

"That's one of the best plays I've ever seen," Macha said. "What a play. And clutch. It could have been first and second and nobody out. That's why people who don't see this guy everyday don't appreciate what he does. That won the ball game."

The A's had a chance to close out the win in the bottom of the ninth. But second baseman Marco Scutaro failed to turn a potential game-ending double play when his throw to first sailed into the stands and allowed Adams to score the tying run.

Crosby's first career inside the park homer gave Oakland a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Crosby's ball hit off the center-field wall before deflecting off Vernon Wells, who crashed into the wall and fell to the turf. The ball trickled about 10 feet away, far enough for Crosby to race around the bases for the two-run homer.

"I was definitely out of gas. I was hurting for the next couple of innings," Crosby said.

Toronto's Eric Hinske cut the deficit to 5-4 with an RBI grounder in the bottom half of the sixth. Orlando Hudson homered in the seventh to tie it at 5-all. Hudson grabbed his right hamstring while running toward second base and left the game after hobbling home.

Hudson's homer barely cleared the wall in center, and he was running full speed when he pulled up. The team said he had tightness in his hamstring and will be reevaluated Wednesday.

"I don't think we can evaluate it now," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We need to wait for the body to cool off."

Swisher gave Oakland a 6-5 lead with his homer off Vinnie Chulk in the eighth. Kotsay also homered off Chulk in the inning, giving Oakland a 7-5 lead.

Toronto's Gregg Zaun homered off Kiko Calero in the bottom half of the inning.

Reed Johnson's two-run triple in the second gave Toronto a 2-0 lead. Oakland scored three runs in the fourth on Johnson's solo homer and Crosby's two-run single.

Adams tied it with a sacrifice fly in the fifth before Crosby hit his two-run homer in the sixth.

Oakland starter Dan Haren allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings in a no decision. It was just the second time in his last 10 starts that Haren allowed more than three runs.

Notes

  • Macha has ordered his players not to show up before 4 p.m. ET for Wednesday's 7 p.m. game. Macha said his team always struggles in the second game of an East Coast trip, so he wants them well rested. There is a $450 fine for an early arrival.
  • Terrence Long was the last A's player to hit an inside the park home run, on May 9, 2003, against the New York Yankees.
 
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Marco Scutaro's fails to turn a game-ending double play and allows Toronto to score the tying run.  (AP)
Marco Scutaro's fails to turn a game-ending double play and allows Toronto to score the tying run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Crosby
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Oakland

N. Swisher
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C5100101 .263
Mark Kotsay, CF5221101 .283
Bobby Crosby, SS6244010 .341
Eric Chavez, 3B6130012 .282
Scott Hatteberg, 1B6022002 .281
Bobby Kielty, LF5010114 .279
Dan Johnson, DH6121033 .286
Nick Swisher, RF6232004 .241
Marco Scutaro, 2B5110136 .254
Totals501018104923 
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher 2 (9, Towers, Batista)
HR - Mark Kotsay (6, Chulk), Bobby Crosby (5, Walker), Dan Johnson (3, Towers), Nick Swisher (10, Chulk)
RBI - Mark Kotsay (43), Bobby Crosby 4 (19), Scott Hatteberg 2 (32), Dan Johnson (15), Nick Swisher 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Kotsay (22), Bobby Crosby 4 (7), Nick Swisher (15)
SB - Bobby Kielty (3, 2nd base off Schoeneweis/Zaun)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mark Kotsay 1
DP - Crosby-Scutaro-Hatteberg
E - Marco Scutaro (7, Wild throw)
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren 6844160 3.96
Ricardo Rincon (BS,2) 0.1111001 3.80
Kiko Calero 1211011 4.98
Huston Street (BS,3) 1.2210000 1.40
Justin Duchscherer (W,4-1) 2200020 1.41
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Huston Street)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 98-60, Ricardo Rincon 3-2, Kiko Calero 25-16, Huston Street 34-22, Justin Duchscherer 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-4, Ricardo Rincon 1-0, Kiko Calero 1-1, Huston Street 3-2, Justin Duchscherer 3-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 26, Ricardo Rincon 2, Kiko Calero 5, Huston Street 8, Justin Duchscherer 8
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS5121011 .254
Frank Catalanotto, LF3010010 .284
   a- Frank Menechino, PH0000000 .208
   b- Gabe Gross, PH-LF3020001 .281
Vernon Wells, CF5010102 .260
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B5010014 .303
Aaron Hill, DH5110013 .349
Gregg Zaun, C5221021 .269
Eric Hinske, 1B5111000 .240
Reed Johnson, RF5022010 .270
Orlando Hudson, 2B3221011 .257
    John McDonald, 2B2000011 .277
Totals4671561914 
a-announced for Catalanotto in the 7th
b-singled for Menechino in the 7th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (11, Haren), Shea Hillenbrand (19, Haren), Aaron Hill (12, Haren)
3B - Reed Johnson (5, Haren), Orlando Hudson (4, Haren)
HR - Gregg Zaun (6, Calero), Orlando Hudson (7, Rincon)
SF - Russ Adams (5)
RBI - Russ Adams (39), Gregg Zaun (34), Eric Hinske (36), Reed Johnson 2 (37), Orlando Hudson (39)
SB - Gabe Gross (1, 2nd base off Calero/Kendall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - McDonald-R. Adams-Hinske
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers 4833221 4.33
Pete Walker 1.2122201 2.66
Jason Frasor 1.1000020 2.78
Vinnie Chulk 1222022 4.19
Scott Schoeneweis 1100010 4.73
Miguel Batista (L,4-1) 1.2633010 3.11
Justin Speier 0.1000010 3.03
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 81-54, Pete Walker 30-15, Jason Frasor 17-12, Vinnie Chulk 21-14, Scott Schoeneweis 16-10, Miguel Batista 31-22, Justin Speier 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 5-5, Pete Walker 3-2, Jason Frasor 2-0, Vinnie Chulk 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Miguel Batista 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 22, Pete Walker 8, Jason Frasor 4, Vinnie Chulk 5, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Miguel Batista 10, Justin Speier 1
Game Information
Attendance - 21667
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Field Culbreth