PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Miguel Tejada was finally in a groove and he
wished Veterans Stadium was better suited to his rediscovered
Tejada broke out of a slump by tying a career high with four
hits and drove in three runs, and Barry Zito took a one-hitter into
the sixth inning as the Athletics returned to Philadelphia for the
first time since they left after the 1954 season with a 7-4 win
over the Phillies on Friday.
The Philadelphia Athletics joined the American League in 1901.
They moved to Kansas City in 1955 and went West to Oakland in 1968.
The A's never played Philadelphia before Friday.
Tejada, who had one hit in his last 15 at-bats, tied an Oakland
record with three doubles.
"I was more patient at the plate," Tejada said. "I felt
really comfortable, something I've been looking for sometime."
Tejada didn't like Veterans Stadium's dimensions, where it is
371 feet to the wall in the power alleys.
"This place is big, it's not a home run park," he said. "But
when I'm hitting the gaps, I know my swing is right."
Oakland interim manager Terry Francona said it's just a matter
of time before Tejada regains the hitting form that made him the
American League's MVP last year.
"As cold as hitters can get, they can get really hot too,"
Francona said. "If this is the start of one of those hot streaks,
I can't wait to sit and watch it because it's going to be good.
"His batting average might not end up as high as it was last
year, but if he's productive, that's what we need."
Eric Chavez drove in three runs for the A's. Playing with a
bruised left hand he had nine RBIs in his previous 20 games.
Zito (7-4) picked up his first win since May 15 and improved to
54-21 in his career. His .720 winning percentage is best in major
league history (minimum of 50 starts), moving ahead of former New
York Yankee Spud Chandler (.717).
Zito gave up two runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He
walked three and struck out three.
Zito needed time to get acquainted to Veterans Stadium.
"I've never been on a mound that big in my life, it's that high
up," Zito said. "I was behind in a lot of counts. I think I was
just trying to get adjusted to the mound."
Chavez drove in a run in each of his first three plate
appearances, lifting his season total to 28.
His RBI groundout off Brett Myers (5-5) in the first gave the
A's a 1-0 lead. He added a run-scoring single in the third and a
sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Tejada singled home a run in the fifth to put Oakland up 5-0.
Philadelphia lost their fourth straight, and continued to
struggle offensively. The Phillies have scored 16 runs in their
last six games.
"We scored late, I guess its better than not scoring at all,"
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
"He's got to come out of it, we'll just keep running him out
there," Bowa said of Burrell.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Bobby
Abreu hit a sacrifice fly, then Zito ended the threat by striking
Oakland made several good plays in the field to thwart the
Chavez completed a tough 5-3 double-play in the seventh,
Tejada's diving catch robbed Rollins of a hit in the first and
center fielder Chris Singleton's sliding catch denied Bell in the
Myers allowed five runs on four hits in four-plus innings,
raising his ERA to 3.21. He walked three and struck out two.
NOTES The Philadelphia A's won five World Series titles and five
AL pennants. ... Francona took over the managing duties for Ken
Macha, who was attending his daughter's high school graduation.
Francona managed the Phillies for four seasons (1997-2000). Macha
is scheduled to return to the club on Saturday. ... Oakland has the
most interleague wins with 68. ... Philadelphia is 0-4 in
interleague play this season, Oakland is 2-2. ... Mike Lieberthal
extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the sixth