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Braden helps Athletics snap 10-game losing streak

Aug 9, 2008 - 4:13 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Dallas Braden accomplished what the Oakland Athletics would have expected Rich Harden to do.

The 24-year-old lefthander, who replaced Harden in the rotation upon the former ace's departure to the National League, pitched seven strong innings as the Athletics snapped a 10-game losing streak by defeating the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Braden (3-2) surrendered a two-run homer by Marcus Thames in the second inning, but that was all the Tigers were able to muster against him in his fourth start this season - all after Harden was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 8.

"(Braden) was big," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "Last time he pitched here, he had a little trouble (allowing eight runs in 1 2/3 innings last August 12). ... Same basic lineup. He changed his game. I thought he started pitching inside well, and that set up his changeup, which is his bread and butter."

He has been shuttled back and forth between Oakland and Class AAA Sacramento five times this year, and this brilliant outing may have convinced Geren he is worth keeping around as the franchise launches its rebuilding stage.

"Pitching inside (is the key)," Braden said. "When you don't throw a million (miles per hour), you've got to be able to hit your spots and just let them know that you're going to control that part of the plate."

Braden was not the only young hurler to help prevent Oakland from tying its third-longest skid since 1978.

Brad Ziegler threw two scoreless frames to notch his first career save while extending his scoreless streak to 37 innings, pulling even with Mike Torrez for the franchise's longest stretch without giving up an earned run. Torrez accomplished the feat in 1976.

"Every time he pitches, it's a story," Geren said. "To see him get his first save and do it with a two-inning appearance is something. I felt that he was pitching so well, that it was my intention when he came in in the eighth that he was going to finish the game."

Ziegler's success has even triggered discussions of the 28-year-old being utilized as the team's closer instead of Huston Street.

"Not sure my (long-term) role is as a closer," Ziegler said. "But I'll come in from the bullpen, pitch a couple of innings, and anything I can do to help the team, I will."

Rajai Davis laced a two-run single in the fifth and Mark Ellis added an RBI base hit later in the inning to put the Athletics ahead, 3-2. Emil Brown belted a solo home run in the sixth to cap the scoring for Oakland, which improved to 3-17 after the All-Star break.

"We wanted to end the losing streak, and now that we have, hopefully we can take off on a winning streak," Ziegler said.

Detroit starter Kenny Rogers (8-9) allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in seven innings.

"We have no excuses. Kenny pitched good enough for us to win, but we couldn't get it done offensively," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "If you look at that righthanded-hitting starting lineup for us, it was pretty impressive.

"But a good lefthanded pitcher won the battle. We were very sluggish and just didn't play very well."








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

    BATTERIES: OAK - DALLAS BRADEN, BRAD ZIEGLER (8TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    DET - KENNY ROGERS, FREDDY DOLSI (8TH) AND BRANDON INGE

    HOME RUNS: OAK - EMIL BROWN (11) OFF KENNY ROGERS I

    Aug 8 9:44 PM
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    Athletics 4, Tigers 2  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 8 9:14 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY EMIL BROWN (11) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF KENNY ROGERS.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C GONZALEZ (.276, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 4, Tigers 2  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 8 8:40 PM
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    Athletics 3, Tigers 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 8 8:27 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK ELLIS SCORED DARIC BARTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M ELLIS ON FIRST, R DAVIS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.252, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 3, Tigers 2  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 8 8:22 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAJAI DAVIS SCORED CARLOS GONZALEZ AND KURT
    SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R DAVIS ON SECOND, D BARTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    DETROIT 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J HANNAHAN (.225, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 2, Tigers 2  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 8 8:19 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MARCUS THAMES (21) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF DALLAS BRADEN SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: E RENTERIA (.255, 5 HR, 37 RBI)

    Athletics 0, Tigers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 8 7:33 PM