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Oakland lineup tags Johnson for three homers in win

SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Everybody is hitting Randy Johnson hard lately, from proven sluggers such as Frank Thomas to little-known substitutes like Antonio Perez and Mike Rouse.

Thomas hit one of Oakland's three homers off a struggling Johnson, and the Athletics held off the New York Yankees 6-5 after a long rain delay Friday night.

"I was fighting myself and fighting the strike zone a little bit," Johnson said. "I didn't have much."

Bobby Kielty and Perez also connected, sending the A's to their seventh victory in nine games. Rouse went 3-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs in his big league debut as Oakland roughed up Johnson with a depleted lineup missing injured infielders Eric Chavez, Bobby Crosby and Mark Ellis.

"We've got a bunch of gamers and grinders," Athletics manager Ken Macha said.

Dan Haren (5-5) beat The Big Unit at Yankee Stadium for the second time in less than a month, improving to 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in five career starts against New York.

Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Derek Jeter (thumb) returned to the lineup as the designated hitter for the Yankees, but they dropped their second straight at home and fell out of first place in the AL East, a half-game behind Boston.

Kiko Calero fanned two in a perfect eighth and Huston Street got three quick outs for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Barking at plate umpire Chad Fairchild when he didn't get close calls, a rattled Johnson (7-5) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and six hits in four innings. He walked five, including four in a 46-pitch fourth inning that lasted more than 20 minutes, and committed a balk.

"I think that's when I lost my focus and put a little bit of focus on the umpire," Johnson said.

Kielty opened the inning with his first home run of the season. Perez was 1-for-33 this year when he stepped to the plate, but he teed off for a two-run shot to left -- his first homer since July 6 with the Dodgers at Colorado.

"He hasn't given up on his season," Macha said.

Nick Swisher added a shallow sacrifice fly to right -- Rouse scored easily thanks to a poor throw by weak-armed Bernie Williams.

Johnson, who was 2-0 in his previous four starts since a May 14 loss to Oakland, has a 5.63 ERA. He has allowed 15 homers in 14 starts, including 10 in his last six outings.

"It just didn't look like he had any pop. For the most part, it looked like he was forcing it," manager Joe Torre said. "I know he expected much more of himself tonight."

Haren labored through 114 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, but he didn't walk a batter and struck out five. The right-hander threw a six-hitter in the Bronx for a 6-1 win over Johnson on May 14.

"It's a tough place to pitch. Both times I was fortunate to get a few runs," Haren said. "I'm definitely not having as quick innings as I've had earlier in the year, but as long as they're zeros I don't care how many pitches I throw."

After three New York singles loaded the bases in the sixth, Chad Gaudin struck out Miguel Cairo to end the threat.

Gaudin walked two in the seventh and had just been pulled for ex-Yankee Brad Halsey when a crackling thunderstorm halted play.

The game resumed after a delay of 1 hour, 27 minutes. Giambi hit Halsey's second pitch over the right-center fence for his 17th homer, and Robinson Cano's two-out RBI triple cut it to 6-5. But Halsey struck out Williams to preserve the lead.

Johnson cruised through the first inning on eight pitches, but Thomas opened the second with his 463rd homer to pass Jose Canseco for sole possession of 26th place on baseball's career list.

"Look at the tape. Slider is up in the zone, fastball is in the middle of the plate -- simple as that," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said.

Playing second base and batting ninth, Rouse was the only left-handed hitter in Oakland's lineup.

"Yankee Stadium, Friday night, he's a left-handed hitter and he's facing Randy Johnson," Macha said before the game. "Welcome to the big leagues."

But in his first plate appearance, Rouse led off the third with a single to right. He scored on Jay Payton's two-out RBI single.

"I couldn't have asked for anything more," said Rouse, who had never been to New York before. "It's just a great feeling. It's hard to put words to."

Rouse became the first A's player to get three hits in his big league debut since Ben Grieve on Sept. 3, 1997, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Pretty impressive," Macha said.

Alex Rodriguez snapped a 1-for-15 skid with a two-out RBI single in the third, but Jeter was cut down at third on the play.

Notes

  • New York LF Melky Cabrera struck out in the eighth, ending his streak of 54 plate appearances without a whiff -- the longest run by a Yankees rookie since Horace Clark (56) in 1965, according to Elias.
  • Perez's first hit this year was an RBI single off New York reliever Ron Villone on May 14.
  • The Yankees and Red Sox rescheduled Wednesday's rainout. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 16.
 
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Frank Thomas' second-inning homer was one of three hit off Randy Johnson on Friday.  (AP)
Frank Thomas' second-inning homer was one of three hit off Randy Johnson on Friday. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Giambi
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

M. Rouse
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C3000202 .262
Nick Swisher, 1B4011002 .294
Jay Payton, CF4011112 .247
Frank Thomas, DH5111013 .233
Bobby Kielty, LF3121100 .269
Milton Bradley, RF3100102 .238
Marco Scutaro, SS4000013 .184
Antonio Perez, 3B4112022 .056
Mike Rouse, 2B32301001.000
Totals336966516 
Batting
2B - Mike Rouse (1, Small)
HR - Frank Thomas (15, R. Johnson), Bobby Kielty (1, R. Johnson), Antonio Perez (1, R. Johnson)
SF - Nick Swisher (5)
RBI - Nick Swisher (43), Jay Payton (13), Frank Thomas (36), Bobby Kielty (5), Antonio Perez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Payton (4)
SB - Mike Rouse (1, 3rd base off R. Johnson/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Milton Bradley 1
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (W,5-5) 5.2711050 3.61
Chad Gaudin (H,1) 0.2022220 4.74
Brad Halsey 0.2222121 4.24
Kiko Calero (H,12) 1000020 4.44
Huston Street (S,12) 1000000 3.70
HBP - Rodriguez (by Dan Haren), Jeter (by Dan Haren)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 114-69, Chad Gaudin 24-13, Brad Halsey 22-15, Kiko Calero 14-9, Huston Street 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 3-8, Kiko Calero 1-0, Huston Street 1-2
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 25, Chad Gaudin 4, Brad Halsey 5, Kiko Calero 3, Huston Street 3
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5110022 .302
Derek Jeter, DH3100101 .340
Jason Giambi, 1B5113012 .274
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4021010 .286
Jorge Posada, C3110111 .296
Robinson Cano, 2B4021012 .317
Bernie Williams, RF4010021 .266
Miguel Cairo, SS4000025 .241
Melky Cabrera, LF3110110 .278
Totals3559531114 
Batting
3B - Robinson Cano (1, Halsey)
HR - Jason Giambi (17, Halsey)
RBI - Jason Giambi 3 (50), Alex Rodriguez (45), Robinson Cano (24)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (17), Robinson Cano (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Giambi, Cairo-Giambi
E - Jorge Posada (1, Throwing error)
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson (L,7-5) 4665523 5.63
Aaron Small 3100120 8.20
Kyle Farnsworth 1100000 4.50
Mariano Rivera 1100010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 87-50, Aaron Small 36-22, Kyle Farnsworth 14-9, Mariano Rivera 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 3-6, Aaron Small 4-3, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Mariano Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 22, Aaron Small 11, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53837
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Eric Cooper