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Mulder helps A's snap three-game losing streak

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- After Mark Mulder gave up a two-run home
run to Jeff Kent in the third inning Friday night, he headed back
to the dugout to reassure his teammates.

"I said, `That's all they're getting,' and I said, `Go out and
get me a few more runs,''' Mulder said, "And they did.''

Oakland got him quite a few more runs as the Athletics beat the
San Francisco Giants 10-6 and Mulder earned his seventh straight
win.

Mulder (9-4) cruised through the first eight innings, but gave
up four hits in the ninth before giving way to Mike Venafro with
one out remaining. Venafro struck out Barry Bonds to end it.

"I wanted to finish it and Art (Howe) gave me a chance, I just
made a few mistakes,'' Mulder said.

Manager Howe said it was an outstanding performance.

"The final outcome was not indicative of how well he did
tonight,'' he said. "That home run was just about his only
mistake.''

Mulder gave up nine hits and six runs -- four earned -- in
matching a career high with the seven-start winning streak, from
July 6 to Aug. 12 last year.

Eric Chavez went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Mark Ellis hit his
first major league homer for the A's, who snapped a three-game
losing streak.

The A's upped their interleague record this season to a major
league-best 15-1.

Livan Hernandez (6-9) lost his third straight start, allowing
six runs on eight hits over 4 2-3 innings.

"Livan had the first inning blues again. It didn't result in
many runs but he threw 30-something pitches,'' Giants manager Dusty
Baker said. "We were hoping to get one or two more innings out of
him.''

Baker had Kent batting third and Bonds behind him for the second
straight game.

Baker flip-flopped the pair for the first time this season on
Thursday and the combination worked, at least for Kent. The Giants'
second baseman was 3-for-5 with six RBI in an 11-6 victory over
the San Diego Padres.

Kent had continued success against the A's. His two-run home run
off Mulder in the third inning gave the Giants a brief 3-2 lead.

Bonds served as the designated hitter against the A's, while
Shawon Dunston took over in left field.

David Justice's run-scoring single in the first inning gave the
A's an early lead. But Miguel Tejada's consecutive fielding errors
at shortstop cost them a run in the second.

Reggie Sanders reached on Tejada's first error. He went to
second and Benito Santiago reached on Tejada's second miscue before
Dunston's RBI single scored Sanders and tied the game at 1-all.

The A's retook the lead in the bottom half on Ellis' run-scoring
grounder.

Kent's homer in the third scored Rich Aurilia, who singled. It
was Kent's 150th home run as a Giant and his 1,500th career hit.

The A's reclaimed the lead with a four-run fifth inning.
Chavez's hit a two-run single and Terrence Long added a two-run
double to make it 6-3.

Oakland followed up with a four-run fifth. Ellis hit his solo
home run off Jay Witasick, Chavez hit a two-run triple and Jermaine
Dye added a sacrifice fly.

The Giants scored three runs in the ninth on singles by Damon
Minor, David Bell, a run-scoring hit by Ramon Martinez -- Long's
error on the play allowed Bell to score -- and an RBI double by
Kent.

Giants first baseman J.T. Snow felt pain in his foot when he
pivoted on a play in the fourth inning and left the game. He will
have X-rays on Saturday.

Game notes
The A's won two of three at Pacific Bell Park in the
season's first series between the interleague rivals. ... Dye was
the A's designated hitter Friday night. Dye hasn't made an
appearance in the outfield since June 19 because of tightness in
his right hamstring. ... Tejada also had a throwing error in
fourth, giving him three errors for the game. ...Bonds walked twice
giving him 100 walks for the season. .... Mulder is 10-3 in 14
career interleague starts. ... The A's won their 20th game in June,
tying their franchise record.