Mulder loses third straight since coming off DL


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Singleton wants to enjoy his
current success at the plate, not analyze it.

Singleton and Marty Cordova each homered and drove in three runs
as the Baltimore Orioles beat up Mark Mulder and the Oakland Athletics 11-3 Thursday.

Singleton extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games
with a three-run homer in the second inning off Mulder (2-4), who
has lost three straight since returning from the disabled list with
a strain in his left forearm.

"I'm just feeling comfortable,'' said Singleton, a career .283
hitter. "I put in a lot of hard work and things started to click.
You expect at some point to get going.''

Singleton has improved his average to .253 from .171 during his
streak, in which he's 20-for-48 with a pair of homers and nine

"That's the value of having a track record,'' Orioles manager
Mike Hargrove said. "This game is based on percentages and you
have to be patient with guys who have a track record.''

Cordova hit his fourth homer, a three-run shot off Mike Holtz in
the eighth.

Mulder, who won 21 games last year and finished second in Cy
Young voting, has allowed 15 earned runs in 14 innings over his
past three starts.

"I'm not happy with the situation, but you have to work your
way out of it,'' Mulder said. "I'm not worried about this. It
happens to everybody.''

Mulder allowed seven runs -- four earned -- and six hits in just 4
2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out one in losing his
career-worst fourth straight decision.

"He's got more than he showed today,'' Singleton said. "It
didn't look like he had the same velocity he's had in the past and
he wasn't as sharp. I'm glad to have a good outing against him.''

Sidney Ponson (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six
innings. He walked two and struck out five.

"I was happy to get the 'W' but 113 pitches in six innings is
too many,'' Ponson said. "I was up in the zone, down in the zone,
all over the place. I guess I was effectively wild today.''

Jay Gibbons and Geronimo Gil drove in two runs apiece as the
Orioles won for just the third time in 10 games.

"We took advantage of some early hits and got some timely
hits,'' Hargrove said. "That two-out single by Gibbons was big.''

Gibbons singled home two runs during a three-run fifth which
ended Mulder's day. Gil homered in the fourth and singled home a
run against Mike Magnante in the fifth.

Melvin Mora doubled home a run in the sixth.

Jermaine Dye had an RBI single in the first and Eric Chavez hit
a run-scoring single in the sixth as the A's lost their seventh
consecutive series, the most since an eight-series drought in 1994.

Oakland, which traded Jeremy Giambi to Philadelphia on Wednesday
and made six roster moves on Tuesday, has lost 12 of its past 15

Game notes
Cordova was back in the lineup after missing a day when he
suffered a burnt face in a tanning salon the previous day. ... A's
RHP Cory Lidle, on the DL with a right shoulder strain, is
scheduled for a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. ...
Orioles RHP Travis Driskill is scheduled to make his first major
league start, after five relief appearances, on Saturday in
Seattle. ... Baltimore RHP Jason Johnson is slated to pitch three
innings in an extended spring training game on Saturday in
Sarasota, Fla. and five innings on Monday. ... The A's have not won
two in a row since April 27-28, 21 games ago. ... Baltimore had
lost its previous four series. ... Singleton was 5-for-11 with
seven RBI in the series. ... Magnante was ejected by home plate
umpire Bruce Froemming after hitting Singleton with a pitch in the
eighth. ... Orioles OF Luis Garcia singled in the ninth for his
first major-league hit.