Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Oakland leads 1-0 (as of 6/28)

Game 1: Friday, June 28
San Francisco 6Final
Oakland 10
Game 2: Saturday, June 29
San Francisco 5Final
Oakland 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 30
San Francisco 0Final
Oakland 7

Giants 6

(44-34, 20-18 away)

Athletics 10

(45-34, 24-15 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 28, 2002

    O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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    W: M. Mulder (9-4)

    L: L. Hernandez (6-9)

    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.

    Mark Mulder
    Mulder

    "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.

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