Athletics snap 11-game road slide with win in Atlanta
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
had to help himself to keep alive his personal winning streak.
Haren pitched 6 2/3 effective innings and drove in a pair of runs and
broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer as the
snapped an 11-game road losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the
Acquired in a trade with St. Louis in the offseason, Haren has won his last three starts after losing his previous six decisions.
Haren (4-7) got off to a slow start in this one, allowing consecutive run-scoring hits to
with one out in the second inning. Atlanta rookie starter
followed with a squeeze to make it 3-0 before
grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Oakland rallied to tie it against Davies in the fourth before Haren surrendered a solo homer to
in the fifth - one of only three hits allowed by Haren after the second.
"I really didn't have much today," Haren said. "I don't know if I was getting lucky or just making pitches when I had to. ... We needed a win teamwise. We've been struggling on the road."
Davies, who had allowed just two runs in his first four major league starts, once again failed to hold the lead, yielding an RBI single to Haren with two outs in the sixth.
"He had seen a bunch of fastballs," said Davies, who saw his ERA rise from 0.77 to 1.86. "I don't care if it's a pitcher hitting. If you throw enough fastballs, they're going to (hit) it."
"Tying the game up was huge," said Haren, a career .077 hitter. "I'm basically looking for a fastball. I'm a pretty bad breaking ball hitter. Fortunately, I got in a count where I got fastballs. I'm not going to hit a breaking ball to save my life."
Chavez gave the Athletics their only lead of the game in the seventh, depositing a 1-0 pitch from reliever
(0-3) over the right field fence to make it 6-4.
"I hit it good," Chavez said. "(The win) was pretty important. Everybody kind of knows what was going on. It was pretty good to get the monkey off our backs because it was a pretty big one."
allowed back-to-back singles with two outs in the eighth, but
struck out Jordan to end the threat. Street worked a scoreless ninth for his third save in five chances.
Atlanta, which has seen third baseman
go down to injuries in the past month, had a starting battery of the 21-year-old Davies and the 21-year-old McCann, who were teammates in the minor leagues.
It was the youngest pitcher-catcher duo to play in a professional game since August 19, 1984, when the
New York Mets
' Doc Gooden (19) and
(21) faced the Montreal Expos.
McCann had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut.
"It was probably the greatest experience I've ever had," said McCann, a Georgia native who was joined by 200 friends and family at Turner Field. "It was pretty awesome (catching Davies in the major leagues). He's a great pitcher."
hit a two-run homer for Oakland, which last won on the road May 20 at San Francisco.