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Athletics' Cahill strikes out 10 en route to shutout of Pirates

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trevor Cahill hasn't allowed himself to think about his All-Star status. After opening the season on the disabled list, he wasn't sure he'd even be back in Oakland. These days he's the staff ace.

Cahill allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 10 in 7 2/3 innings and Daric Barton had three doubles and matched his career high with four RBI and the Athletics earned a 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

Cahill (7-2) walked three as the A's won two in a row for the first time since winning four straight May 26-29.

"A couple of months ago, when I was in Las Vegas and Sacramento I never thought I'd here," said Cahill, who had a stress reaction in his right shoulder toward the end of spring training. "It's an honor just to be considered. We have plenty of guys good enough to be named."

Cahill improved to 5-0 over his past eight starts and has lowered his ERA to 2.88. He's allowed 13 earned runs over his past 50 1/3 innings.

"The biggest thing is just going out there with confidence," Cahill said. "I was able to locate the sinker and go in and out to both right-handers and left-handers."

Kurt Suzuki homered as the A's remained unbeaten in eight games against the Pirates.

"I'm still trying to find my groove," Suzuki said. "I'm not worried about results right now. It's more able how I feel in the box. Right now I'm not as comfortable as I want to be."

Daniel McCutchen (0-3), recalled earlier in the day to replace Zach Duke, lasted six innings. He gave up four runs and seven hits, walking two and striking out two.

"Early on I had some jitters and some nerves," McCutchen said. "I kind of sped everything up and didn't give myself a chance the first couple of innings. It's something to build off of. It would have been a whole different game if I was able to get strike one with the fastball. Pitching behind in the count I was forced to throw too many fastballs."

Pirates manager John Russell felt McCutchen did some good things.

"He did OK," Russell said. "He'd get two quick outs and had trouble putting them away. Two-out hits and two-out runs."

Cahill retired 19 of 21 hitters until tiring in the eighth. He gave up a leadoff single to Lastings Milledge and walked Jose Tabata with two outs before Craig Breslow ended the threat by retiring Andy LaRoche.

The Pirates lost their 16th consecutive road game, their second-longest streak in the past 25 years, and have lost 17 of 19 overall.

"We've been hitting pretty good overall but we haven't been able to outscore the other team," Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones said. "Today he was on. He was hitting his spots and he had good stuff. We never got much to hit."

Coco Crisp singled twice, walked and scored three runs and is hitting .438 since coming off the disabled list Tuesday.

It was 1970s Turn Back the Clock Game with both teams wearing flashy uniforms from the 70s, with the A's in bright yellow and green and the Pirates in black and gold. Pittsburgh even dusted off its famed pillbox caps. The Pirates and A's were dominant teams in the 70s, combining for five World Series titles.

Barton had an RBI double in the first, a two-run double in the second and another run-scoring double in the seventh.

"Coco has been getting on base a lot and it's helpful to me," Barton said. "I get a lot of pitches to hit and I'm slowing everything down."

Suzuki hit his ninth home run of the season in the fifth, a solo shot with two outs.

Notes

  • Pirates infielder Neil Walker suffered a concussion after colliding with OF Ryan Church during Friday night's game. He'll miss the rest of the road trip and get re-examined Monday in Pittsburgh.
  • RHP Steven Jackson was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for McCutchen.
  • A's IF Eric Patterson was traded to the Boston Red Sox for LHP Fabian Williamson.
  • A's manager Bob Geren said he's considering adjusting the pitching rotation with a day off on Monday.
  • Barton tied the Oakland record with his three doubles.
  • Cahill has yet to allow a first-inning run this season, with opponents hitting .071 (3 for 42) in the inning.
  • Breslow has retired 18 in a row.
  • The Pirates lost 19 straight on the road between July 23-Aug. 30, 1985.
 
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Trevor Cahill has a career outing as he yields two hits with a career-high 10 K's in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.  (AP)
Trevor Cahill has a career outing as he yields two hits with a career-high 10 K's in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

T. Cahill
IP 7.2
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 10
Oakland

D. Barton
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Tabata, LF3010110 .242
Delwyn Young, DH2000111 .214
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH-DH1000002 .231
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000101 .300
Garrett Jones, 1B4000011 .288
Ryan Doumit, C4000020 .260
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000020 .114
Lastings Milledge, RF3010010 .275
Bobby Crosby, 2B3000011 .256
Ronny Cedeno, SS3000011 .229
Totals29020310  
a-grounded out for Young in the 8th
Batting
SB - Jose Tabata (4, 2nd base off Cahill/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
Daniel McCutchen (L,0-3) 6744221 11.00
Justin Thomas 1111100 13.50
Octavio Dotel 1000110 5.02
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel McCutchen 103-63, Justin Thomas 14-8, Octavio Dotel 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel McCutchen 6-9, Justin Thomas 1-2
Batters Faced - Daniel McCutchen 26, Justin Thomas 5, Octavio Dotel 4
Oakland Athletics
Coco Crisp, CF3320100 .409
Daric Barton, 1B4034000 .283
Conor Jackson, LF4000003 .249
Kurt Suzuki, C4111002 .264
Ryan Sweeney, RF2000200 .298
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000003 .288
Jack Cust, DH3110111 .284
Mark Ellis, 2B4010022 .279
Cliff Pennington, SS3000001 .245
Totals3158543  
Batting
2B - Daric Barton 3 (20, D. McCutchen, D. McCutchen, Thomas)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (9, D. McCutchen)
RBI - Daric Barton 4 (30), Kurt Suzuki (31)
2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton 2 (10), Kurt Suzuki (6)
SB - Coco Crisp (1, 2nd base off D. McCutchen/Doumit), Ryan Sweeney (1, 2nd base off D. McCutchen/Doumit)
CS - Mark Ellis (1, 2nd base by D. McCutchen/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill (W,7-2) 7.22003100 2.88
Craig Breslow 0.1000000 2.70
Andrew Bailey 1000000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 113-66, Craig Breslow 5-4, Andrew Bailey 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-4, Craig Breslow 1-0, Andrew Bailey 1-2
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 28, Craig Breslow 1, Andrew Bailey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25068
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano