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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Aaron Cook is enjoying one of the most productive stretches of his career. It's also Colorado's best stretch since ending the 2007 season on a tear.
"Even when other teams get one or two hits, he's always one pitch away from putting the inning down," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "That's the mind-set of a pro, the mind-set of a stalwart, front end of the rotation guy."
Cook has a 1.75 ERA over his past five games, and with the Rockies averaging more than 6½ runs during that stretch, the combination has proved effective. The Rockies have won 20 of their past 23 games, and improved to 22-7 under Tracy.
"This is one of those games where we did some things to get some runs, and Aaron Cook made the ones we did get, stand up," Tracy said. "He was fantastic. I felt like he got better as the game went on."
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Cook (8-3) gave up nine hits while walking one and striking out four. The Rockies' franchise wins leader (60) had a 12-inning scoreless streak against the A's end.
"Unfortunately I've had a lot of practice with guys on base," Cook said. "But I'm comfortable because I work on it a lot. It's not something that fazes me like it used to. I'm able to slow down the game and still execute pitches."
Former A's closer Huston Street earned his 19th save in 20 chances by getting the final three outs. He saved all three games of the series.
"The way we're playing, and the way the A's were playing, this was a big series for us," Street said.
A's starter Vin Mazzaro (2-3) gave up three runs on five hits in five-plus innings. He walked four and struck out eight in losing his third straight, all in interleague play.
"I thought he did a pretty good job of holding a pretty good hitting club," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He's one of the best young pitchers in the league."
The A's finished 5-13 in interleague play, their worst performance against the National League. The Rockies matched their best record (11-4) in interleague play.
"They put together some good at bats against us the entire series," Geren said. "The big difference was the extra base hits. We haven't hit the long ball. Against a sinker ball pitcher like Cook it's not easy."
Jason Giambi's average dipped below .200 briefly before his eighth-inning single snapped a 1-for-19 streak and bumped his mark to .203, still the lowest in the AL.
The Rockies scored twice in the second inning on Iannetta's RBI forceout and Smith's run-scoring double. Gonzalez added an RBI double in the sixth.
Kurt Suzuki's single to open the ninth ended Cook's outing. Street gave up singles to Cabrera and Sweeney before striking out pinch-hitter Nomar Garciaparra and Mark Ellis and getting Adam Kennedy to fly out to left.
"We hit a lot of balls hard but we also wasted some opportunities," A's outfielder Jack Cust said.
|Aaron Cook carries a shutout into the ninth before surrendering a run and improving to 8-3. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Dexter Fowler, CF||5||0||0||0||0||4||3||.254|
|Clint Barmes, 2B||4||0||2||0||1||1||0||.289|
|Todd Helton, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||5||.318|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||5||0||0||0||0||4||3||.329|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||2||2||1||0||2||0||0||.263|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.220|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||1||0||1||0||2||2||.226|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||2||0||2||1||2||0||0||.228|
|Seth Smith, DH-||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.300|
|2B - Clint Barmes (17, Mazzaro), Ian Stewart (9, Ziegler), Carlos Gonzalez (3, Breslow), Seth Smith (6, Mazzaro)|
|3B - Todd Helton (2, Casilla)|
|RBI - Chris Iannetta (27), Carlos Gonzalez (4), Seth Smith (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (1)|
|SB - Troy Tulowitzki (11, 3rd base off Breslow/Powell)|
|CS - Troy Tulowitzki (7, 2nd base by Mazzaro/Powell)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton|
|E - Clint Barmes (7, Throwing), Aaron Cook (3, Throwing)|
|Aaron Cook (W,8-3)||8||9||1||1||1||4||0||3.77|
|Huston Street (S,19)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||2.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 110-71, Huston Street 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 8-10|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 32, Huston Street 5|
|Adam Kennedy, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.286|
|Jack Cust, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.225|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.274|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.203|
|Kurt Suzuki, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.283|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Ryan Sweeney, CF||4||0||3||1||0||0||1||.261|
|Landon Powell, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|a- Nomar Garciaparra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.209|
|a-struck out for Powell in the 9th|
|2B - Mark Ellis (3, Cook)|
|RBI - Ryan Sweeney (19)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Landon Powell (3, Throwing)|
|Vin Mazzaro (L,2-3)||5||5||3||3||4||8||0||2.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vin Mazzaro 109-67, Craig Breslow 15-9, Santiago Casilla 11-8, Brad Ziegler 23-12, Andrew Bailey 14-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vin Mazzaro 6-0, Santiago Casilla 1-1, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Andrew Bailey 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Vin Mazzaro 23, Craig Breslow 4, Santiago Casilla 4, Brad Ziegler 5, Andrew Bailey 4|
|Attendance - 15701|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Tim Timmons|