OAKLAND, Calif. -- By the time
Or who had started the game for the
Crosby drew a bases-loaded walk to score
"Umm, relief when I walked and the game was over and we won," Crosby said when asked of his reaction to how this one finally ended. "We've been through rough streaks. When you get on hot streaks, you've got to ride them as long as possible -- even if it takes 18 innings."
Pittsburgh defeated Houston in 18 innings May 27, a game that lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes. The Mets and Phillies played 16 innings May 23 (5:22). There also have been four 14-inning games.
This was the Dodgers' longest game since playing 15 innings July 25, 2003, at Arizona. These teams also played a 15-inning game on July 14, 2001, in Oakland -- a 5-3 win by Los Angeles.
Kenny Lofton tied the game in the ninth with a two-out triple to right off Oakland closer Huston Street, who blew his fourth save after converting his previous eight chances.
The A's had rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs, including Crosby's two-run double that followed an intentional walk to Eric Chavez.
Brad Halsey pitched five scoreless innings of relief and Steve Karsay (1-0) won for the first time since Sept. 11, 2002.
"That's one of the greatest games I've ever been a part of," said Halsey, who last month gave up Barry Bonds' 714th homer that tied the San Francisco slugger with Babe Ruth for second on the career list. "It was long, it was dramatic, and the pitchers kept making pitches."
Rafael Furcal -- who had eight at-bats for the Dodgers -- matched his career high with three stolen bases, including one on a double steal in the 14th inning after his leadoff double and Nomar Garciaparra's one-out walk two batters later. After Olmedo Saenz popped out, Jeff Kent was intentionally walked to load the bases for Matt Kemp and he grounded into a fielder's choice.
"We had a lot of opportunities that game," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "We can't point the finger at anybody else."
Chavez drove in a run on a groundout and Scutaro added an RBI double in the eighth as the A's established the longest winning streak in the American League this season and matched the best run in the majors.
Jason Kendall had two hits to help the A's extend their season-best home winning streak to seven games.
Lofton also lined a go-ahead single to right off Kirk Saarloos in the seventh for the Dodgers to score Furcal, but Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in five games. Kemp added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to go with a double and single.
Oakland's Bobby Kielty walked to start the eighth, then scored on Scutaro's double. Kendall then got aboard on an infield single and the runners advanced on Nick Swisher's groundout. Derek Lowe then got Adam Melhuse to pop out foul to third before he intentionally walked Chavez to bring up Crosby.
Lowe's seven-game winning streak against the A's was preserved -- not to mention his four straight winning decisions this year.
"It was an exhausting game for both sides and they scored one more run than we did," Lowe said. "They fought back and it was a battle of the bullpens."
Lowe is 7-0 in nine career starts against Oakland and hasn't lost to the A's since 2001, though this marked his first outing against them since joining the Dodgers as a free agent from Boston before the 2005 season.
After allowing Kendall's leadoff single in the first and a walk to Swisher, Lowe retired the next 10 batters he faced before Chavez drew a one-out walk in the fourth.
Saarloos allowed two runs and eight hits, struck out two and walked three.
He struck out designated hitter J.D. Drew to end the fifth with runners on first and second, pumping his fist as he strode off the mound. Ramon Martinez led off the inning with a triple but got caught in a pickoff trying to go home on Lofton's grounder to the pitcher.
Oakland's Dan Johnson singled in the ninth, matching his career-best hitting streak at 10 games.
- Furcal stole his 14th base in the seventh, 15th in the ninth and 16th in the 14th.
- Oakland CF Mark Kotsay missed his second straight game with back spasms.
- The A's are 13-2 in June.
- Oakland had two more doubles after hitting a season-high seven doubles Friday night and five Thursday against Seattle.
- Barry Zito was still a hit a day after his 11-strikeout performance. The A's ace took batting practice in preparation for interleague play in NL parks next week and fans chanted "Zito! Zito!"
- The A's drew a sellout crowd of 35,077 that included 1,000 standing-room only tickets.