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Athletics carry Haren past Yankees

Jul 1, 2007 - 10:53 PM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Even when he is not necessarily sharp, four runs is usually enough for Dan Haren. These days the New York Yankees can only hope for the same.

Haren won his career-high 10th straight decision and Jack Cust and Dan Johnson homered in a seven-run second inning off Andy Pettitte as the Oakland Athletics recorded an 11-5 victory over the Yankees on Sunday.

Haren (10-2) is 10-0 in his last 15 starts, but the rubber game of the three-game series in New York was among his worst in this stretch. He lasted just 5 2/3 innings, which was his second-shortest start of this run, and allowed five runs and eight hits, equaling a season worst.

"He battled today," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He's been a little bit under the weather the last few days. It looked like a little bit of a lack of energy due to that. But good pitchers can pitch effectively even when they're not 100 percent and that's what he did today."

The 24-year-old righthander became the seventh pitcher in Oakland history to win at least 10 straight games. It is the longest streak since Mark Mulder - for whom he was traded for - won 11 in a row from May 9 to July 8, 2004.

"There was a point there where I was dominating," Haren said. "Right now it's not one of those times, but I'm still winning some ballgames, which is really nice because when I hit a stretch where I'm feeling good, hopefully I can out pitch the guy instead of out (hitting) them."

Despite pitching with a cold, Haren improved to 4-0 against the Yankees.

Even though it was the first time Haren allowed more than four runs this season, he improved to 34-4 when his teammates score at least four runs.

The righthander, who lasted five innings against the Yankees on April 13 in Oakland, left after allowing consecutive one-out singles to Andy Phillips and Melky Cabrera.

Before Haren was replaced by rookie Dallas Braden, the Yankees shaved four runs off an 8-0 deficit but did so with little contributions from their big bats.

"Right now, we need a well-pitched ballgame and we need to hit," New York manager Joe Torre said. "We need to do both things on the same day a few day just to get us to the point where we can feel good about ourselves."

Phillips tied a career high with three hits, had a pair of RBI singles and scored on Derek Jeter's single, which made it 8-5. Jeter's base hit snapped an 0-for-10 skid but he was stranded when Braden struck out Robinson Cano, who represented the potential tying run.

Rookie Santiago Casilla tossed two scoreless frames and Alan Embree pitched the final frame for Oakland, which finished a 3-7 road trip.

"It wasn't the best road trip but it was a great finish," Geren said. "Two out of three to the Yankees in New York, anybody I think would take that."

The Athletics struck early against Pettitte

After scoring an unearned run on Eric Chavez's RBI groundout, Oakland sent 10 men to the plate and had seven hits in the second. The Athletics opened the inning with four straight singles and took a 6-0 lead when Cust crushed a 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence for a three-run homer.

"You want to get to him obviously before he settles down," Cust said. "He's been through it before and he's definitely let up runs early and pitched through it, so we kept on it and got him out of there early."

Oakland added two more when Johnson homered for the second straight day. He just missed the upper deck in right field, but it signaled the end of Pettitte's afternoon.

Pettitte (4-6) lasted just 1 2/3 innings and was rocked for eight runs and nine hits. It was his shortest outing since also lasting 1 2/3 frames of an 8-7 loss at Wrigley Field on June 8, 2003.

"It would have been nice to be able come back and maybe win," Pettitte said. "But obviously, we weren't able to do that. The one inning was way too much to overcome."

The veteran lefthander fell to 66-32 following a New York loss and allowed more than two runs for just the sixth time in 17 starts.

"I think Andy was a bit frustrated by the bloops," Torre said. "The balls hit out of the ballpark, he obviously missed his spots."

Ron Villone provided 3 1/3 scoreless innings, but Oakland added a run in the seventh as Cust doubled off lefthander Mike Myers. The Athletics extended their lead to 11-5 on Chavez's two-run single off Luis Vizcaino.

The ugly inning sent the Yankees to their ninth loss in 11 games. This is also the latest point New York has been under .500 since September 5, 1995, when it was 60-61 under manager Buck Showalter.

"It's frustrating," Jeter said. "You try to stay positive. I don't like losing as much as we have. I don't think anyone likes that."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 11 16 0
    NY YANKEES 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 11 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - DAN HAREN, DALLAS BRADEN (6TH), SANTIAGO CASILLA (7TH), ALAN
    EMBREE (9TH) AND JASON KENDALL
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE, RON VILLONE (2ND), BRIAN BRUNEY
    (6TH), MIKE

    Jul 1 4:31 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERIC CHAVEZ SCORED KURT SUZUKI AND SHANNON
    STEWART.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E CHAVEZ ON FIRST, M ELLIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11
    NY YANKEES 5 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D JOHNSON (.267, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 4:04 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JACK CUST SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    NY YANKEES 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E CHAVEZ (.244, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 3:26 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED ANDY PHILLIPS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D JETER ON FIRST, J DAMON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    NY YANKEES 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.267, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 3:14 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ANDY PHILLIPS SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PHILLIPS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.253, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 2:30 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H MATSUI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    NY YANKEES 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A PHILLIPS (.176, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 2:29 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ANDY PHILLIPS SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PHILLIPS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    NY YANKEES 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.254, 3 HR, 24 RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:58 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H MATSUI ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A PHILLIPS (.125, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:55 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAN JOHNSON (9) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF ANDY PETTITTE SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8, NY YANKEES 0
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.234, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:43 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JACK CUST (14) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF ANDY PETTITTE SCORED MARK KOTSAY AND KURT
    SUZUKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6, NY YANKEES 0
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E CHAVEZ (.242, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:39 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARK ELLIS SCORED JASON KENDALL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K SUZUKI ON SECOND, M KOTSAY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.283, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:36 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KURT SUZUKI SCORED BOBBY CROSBY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K SUZUKI ON FIRST, M KOTSAY ON SECOND, J
    KENDALL ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: S STEWART (.300, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:32 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 1 2 0
    NY YANKEES 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - DAN HAREN
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.251, 5 HR, 26 RBI)
    D JETER (.335, 5 HR, 38 RBI)
    R CANO (.269, 3 HR, 33 RBI)

    Athletics vs. YankeesJul 1 1:19 PM