Saarloos turns in his best outing of season for Athletics
OAKLAND, California (Ticker) --
didn't let a leadoff home run spoil his best start of the season.
Saarloos pitched into the seventh inning as the
made the best of just five hits and posted a 2-1 triumph over the
Philadelphia collected nine hits and received four walks but hit into four double plays and was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, spoiling a fine outing by former Athletic
"I don't feel like they beat us today, we gave it to them," said Phillies manager
, whose team lost for just the ninth in their last 31 games. "Not to take anything away from the A's, but we beat ourselves with mistakes. You can't leave that many guys on base and expect to win."
opened the game with his second leadoff homer of the season and 11th of his career, but Saarloos (3-4) escaped further damage thereafter despite allowing nine hits and four walks in a season-high 6 1/3 innings.
"I wouldn't say that I had great control today," Saarloos said. "Even when I'm pitching well, guy's are going to hit me. That's why the defense was so important. I was able to keep us in the game, and they did a great job behind me."
"Pitchers have to have trust in their fielders," A's manager
said. "Kirk threw strikes, quality pitches, and we supported him with a bunch of double plays, some of the unusual variety."
In the sixth inning, Oakland center fielder
ran down a drive hit by
and threw a strike to first, doubling off
to end the inning.
"I had a good beat on it, and knew I could run it down," Kotsay said. "It was a matter of getting my feet set so that I could make the throw. Even though I was a little off-balance, I was still able to get enough on the throw to get the double play."
Two innings earlier, Philadelphia had a chance to score in the fourth when
doubled to center field with
on first and one out. But Kotsay retrieved the ball, threw to shortstop
, who nailed Abreu at the plate.
relieved Saarloos with a runner on second base and two outs and recorded six consecutive outs before
got the final two batters for his first major league save.
"My approach wasn't any different in that situation," said Duchscherer, who was forced into the closer's role when
strained a hamstring before the game. "I still need to make my pitches, no matter what the score, or inning. Today I was able to hit my spots in the ninth, and we got the win."
The A's have won 11 of their last 15 games at home and are 8-1 in one-run games at McAfee Coliseum.
Oakland recorded three consecutive hits in the fourth to score its two runs. Crosby led off the frame with a single and
followed with a double.
singled home Crosby and two batters later
hit a sacrifice fly to give Oakland the lead.
Lidle (6-5) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out two.
"It's a little frustrating, but you're going to have days like this," Lidle said. "I felt good, and I was getting ahead of their hitters. Even when they got those runs in the fourth, I still felt like I was making my pitches.