OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Down three runs, rookie
just kept pitching and maintained his approach. He even struck out
And the offense eventually did its part. Things sure are clicking for the last-place
hit a go-ahead solo home run,
tied the game with a three-run double and the A's extended their best winning streak in three years to seven games with a
4-3 victory over the
on Monday night.
Outman (4-0) recovered from an early deficit to continue an impressive run by the A's young staff.
Outman, one of four rookies in Oakland's rotation, fell behind in the top of the fourth when
drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk, then
singled in two runs. After that, Outman retired the final seven batters he faced.
The A's tied it in the bottom of the fourth and went ahead on Cust's homer off
(1-2) in the fifth.
A's starters have a seven-game winning streak, the longest since a stretch of eight consecutive victories by the starters
from June 8-16, 2006.
''It's unbelievable,'' Hannahan said. ''Since we've been winning, during the streak they've been doing a great job.''
sustained a concussion in the fourth inning after being hit in the head by a pitch and was taken to a nearby hospital for
a CT scan.
hit Cunningham square in the helmet and knocked it off his head, and the ball sailed high in the air. Cunningham dropped to
one knee and athletic trainer Steve Sayles and manager
After several minutes, Cunningham stayed in the game and slowly went to first. Hannahan cleared the bases with his double
two pitches later.
replaced Cunningham in the top of the fifth.
''He looked like he was OK. That's why we let him run the bases,'' Geren said. ''Obviously, he took a pretty good blow to
the head. The doctor examined him immediately and recommended he come out.''
Swarzak said the ball just got away from him, and he struggled to find the strike zone all night.
was frustrated to see his team take the lead then give it right back.
''One hit should not be three runs. When you score, you need to get out and get zeros,'' he said. ''We come out and throw
nine straight balls. ... It wasn't exactly like he was locating the ball before (hitting Cunningham). Hitting a guy like that
is a very scary play. He was throwing the ball all over the place.''
Outman struck out seven and walked two in six innings, allowing four hits. Four relievers combined for three scoreless innings,
pitching the ninth for his fifth save in eight chances.
Morneau struck out in each of his first three at-bats for his first three-strikeout game since July 18, 2007, against the
had his career-best 12-game hitting streak snapped.
''I always make sure I know what I want to do with the big hitters in the lineup,'' Outman said.
Oakland's seven-game winning streak is the longest current run in the majors and the A's longest since getting 10 straight
victories from June 8-18, 2006.
Twins third baseman
was in manager Gardenhire's original lineup, but the training staff advised the skipper to give Crede a day to rest and recover
after he fouled a ball off his left calf Sunday at Seattle.
Gardenhire himself was banged up with a tender right hamstring that he hurt shagging balls during early batting practice Friday
at Safeco Field. Pitching coach
went to the mound for pitching changes - something Gardenhire planned beforehand and did other times in recent days.
''We don't have time (for me to do it),'' Gardenhire said. ''I'll start getting pace of game warnings. I get them already.
I'm walking, but I'm not walking fast.''
Notes: Oakland INF
was away from the team to be with wife, Gina, who gave birth to the couple's first child, Tyler Joseph, on Monday. ... The
A's have outscored opponents 42-11 during their winning streak. ... Minnesota is 7-19 away from the Metrodome. ... 1B
made his season debut in the eighth for the A's after being called up earlier in the day.