SAN DIEGO(AP) Although he didn't get a hit,
pointed to his 15-pitch at-bat in the sixth inning Friday night as a key moment. After fouling off 11 pitches against
, including six straight with a 2-2 count, Cabrera flew out to center field.
That at-bat gave Cabrera confidence that when he came to the plate in the eighth inning, he could deliver the two-run double
that lifted the
to a 7-5 win over the
San Diego Padres
Cabrera's hit off
(2-2) capped a three-run inning, eventually handing the Padres their 17th loss in 21 interleague games since the start of
''I was feeling really confident at the plate,'' Cabrera said.
''It seemed like he had every area and every velocity covered with his swing,'' Oakland manager
added. ''It was a great at-bat that got him going.''
San Diego, which was trying for consecutive wins over an AL opponent for the first time since June 2007, snapped its major
league-record interleague losing streak at 13 on Thursday with a 4-3 win over Seattle in 10 innings.
had a double and a career-high four walks, and has reached base in a career-best 11 straight plate appearances. Gonzalez walked
once and tied his career high with four hits on Thursday against Seattle, and drew a walk in his final plate appearance Wednesday
against the Mariners.
put the Padres ahead 5-3 with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the sixth inning off
. The A's battled back against Mujica with a pair of two-out, run-scoring hits.
drove in the first run. Then Cabrera, who also hit a sacrifice fly, drove in a pair with a line drive to the wall in center.
''I missed the first couple of pitches and I was really mad,'' Cabrera said. ''But then he threw me a fastball inside and
I really hit it.''
It was just the second time that Mujica has been scored upon in his last 20 outings.
Suzuki, who had three hits, added an RBI single in the ninth.
Oakland, in last place in the AL West, won for just the third time in 10 games while the Padres have lost six of seven. The
A's raised their interleague record to 3-7 and San Diego dropped to 1-6.
(3-1) pitched one inning for the win. Drew Bailey got the final four outs for his seventh save in 11 chances.
The Athletics scored three times in the fourth inning despite just one hit. Suzuki led off with a single and rookie
walked two straight batters before hitting
to force in one run. A pair of sacrifice flies by Cabrera and
gave the A's a 3-2 lead.
LeBlanc allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in his first start since he made his major league
debut last September. LeBlanc started in place of
, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
''You have to throw strikes and you can't get behind and give guys free bases like I did,'' said LeBlanc, who is 1-3 with
a 8.14 ERA in six career appearances, including five starts.
San Diego tied the score at 3-all in the bottom of the inning on
's RBI single. Eckstein also drove in a run with a ground out.
Oakland rookie pitcher
left the game in the second inning with tightness in his left arm.
Outman allowed a leadoff homer to
in the inning and was then visited on the mound by manager
and head trainer Steve Sayles. After about a short discussion, Outman remained in the game. Two batters later, he was removed.
''His velocity was down and I didn't like what I was seeing,'' Geren said. ''He seemed to have some tightness, but I don't
think it is a major concern.''
replaced Outman in the second inning and had two singles to become the first A's reliever with two hits in a game since Hall
on May 10, 1970, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Padre
made his major league debut with a strikeout as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. ... San Diego's Tony Gwynn Jr. tied his
career high with three hits. ... LeBlanc became San Diego's first left-handed starter this season.