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A's tie ML record, win 15th straight game against Mariners

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Maybe Oakland's surprising streak against Seattle means little. The way the surging Athletics are playing, it could as easily be Tampa Bay, Texas or Toronto on the losing end of things.

The A's tied a major league mark with their 15th straight win over Seattle, getting six shutout innings from Dan Haren in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday night.

"I don't care who we're playing," second baseman Mark Ellis said. "We're taking advantage of our opportunities."

Ellis homered for the second time in three games with a three-run shot as the A's matched the 1974 Atlanta Braves for the longest winning streak against a division opponent since divisional play started in 1969, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Braves won 15 straight versus the San Diego Padres that year.

Yet Oakland has had a longer winning streak against one opponent, getting 16 straight victories against the New York Yankees from Sept. 9, 1989, through May 1, 1991.

Haren (11-9) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter to win his fifth straight start for the first-place A's, who increased their AL West lead to a season-best 6½ games over Los Angeles after the Angels lost 9-3 at Texas. It's Oakland's biggest advantage in the division since having a seven-game lead on Sept. 30, 1992.

Oakland, 12-2 in August, won its sixth straight game and 12th in 13 and sent Seattle to its season-worst seventh consecutive defeat and 16th in a row against the division.

The Mariners are 0-7 on their 11-game road trip that resumes Thursday with the opener of a four-game series in Anaheim.

"It's a learning process," manager Mike Hargrove said. "We're getting valuable lessons. The bad part of it is we're getting our butts kicked while it's going on. We'll come out of this."

Nick Swisher, who delivered the key hits in the first two games of the series for Oakland, drew walks in his first three plate appearances and scored the first two times -- including on a balk in the fourth.

Ellis, Oakland's former leadoff hitter now batting in the No. 9 spot, connected off Gil Meche (9-8) with a drive into the left-field seats with two outs in the second for his eighth homer of the year.

Justin Duchscherer, Joe Kennedy and Huston Street completed the 10-hit shutout for the A's, who have a 10-game winning streak against Seattle in the Coliseum.

The Mariners loaded the bases against Haren with one out in the fourth but he struck out Willie Bloomquist swinging and also got Ichiro Suzuki swinging on an 87 mph splitter. The right-hander, 5-1 in seven career starts against Seattle, recorded seven straight outs beginning with Bloomquist.

"My stuff was as good as it's been all year," said Haren, helped by a sensational catch from center fielder Mark Kotsay against the wall on Suzuki's hard-hit ball in the first. "I think in order to win so many games against one team you have to catch a few breaks."

Meche, who has allowed 29 runs over his last five outings, lost his third straight start and matched his career high by dropping a fourth consecutive decision. He is winless in six starts since a victory July 14 at Toronto.

He pitched the Mariners' lone win over the A's on April 6 at Safeco Field, but was tagged for four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday.

Kotsay extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a seventh-inning double, while Adrian Beltre got a hit in his 12th straight game when he singled to left in the first for Seattle.

Notes

  • Frank Thomas, who has 25 homers, drew just his second intentional walk of the season.
  • The A's have won six straight series. It was their ninth series sweep of the season.
  • Oakland drew 34,077 for its 10th sellout of the season.
  • The Mariners indefinitely moved struggling fifth starter Joel Pineiro to the bullpen and promoted left-hander Jake Woods to take Pineiro's starting spot. The switch happened a day after Pineiro allowed a career-high nine runs in an 11-2 loss to Oakland, his fifth straight defeat against the A's this season and his third loss in a row overall. He has only one victory since June 20.
  • LHP Eric O'Flaherty made his major league debut in the seventh after Seattle selected his contract from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day. The Mariners optioned infielder Greg Dobbs to Tacoma.
 
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Dan Haren allows no runs and strikes out eight through six innings for his 11th win.  (Getty Images)
Dan Haren allows no runs and strikes out eight through six innings for his 11th win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Oakland

M. Ellis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

D. Haren
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 0
K 8
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5020015 .325
Jose Lopez, 2B5000002 .277
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010021 .263
Raul Ibanez, LF4020020 .271
Eduardo Perez, DH4010003 .274
Ben Broussard, 1B3000011 .300
   a- Mike Morse, PH-1B1000011 .391
Kenji Johjima, C4020001 .298
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010012 .301
Willie Bloomquist, CF4010013 .254
Totals3801000919 
a-struck out for Broussard in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eduardo Perez (10, Haren)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Broussard
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche (L,9-8) 5.1644431 4.66
Sean Green 0.2100000 5.27
Eric O'Flaherty 0.2100110 0.00
Julio Mateo 1.1000010 4.69
IBB - Thomas by Eric O'Flaherty
WP - Gil Meche 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 109-60, Sean Green 4-3, Eric O'Flaherty 12-6, Julio Mateo 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-7, Sean Green 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Julio Mateo 1-2
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 26, Sean Green 2, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Julio Mateo 4
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C4030001 .279
Mark Kotsay, CF4010003 .268
Milton Bradley, RF3000102 .270
Frank Thomas, DH3000122 .262
    Antonio Perez, PR-DH0000000 .095
Eric Chavez, 3B4010013 .242
Jay Payton, LF4000014 .291
Nick Swisher, 1B1200310 .254
Marco Scutaro, SS4110002 .245
Mark Ellis, 2B4123001 .224
Totals314835518 
Batting
2B - Mark Kotsay (20, O'Flaherty)
HR - Mark Ellis (8, Meche)
RBI - Mark Ellis 3 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis 3 (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Marco Scutaro (11, )
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (W,11-9) 6700080 3.45
Justin Duchscherer 1100000 2.97
Joe Kennedy 1100010 1.98
Huston Street 1100000 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 101-70, Justin Duchscherer 12-9, Joe Kennedy 15-11, Huston Street 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 5-6, Joe Kennedy 2-0, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 26, Justin Duchscherer 4, Joe Kennedy 4, Huston Street 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34077
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Welke