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Dye also homers in win

5/20/2004

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Bobby Kielty focused his energy on
hitting to the opposite field, so that's why he found it so funny
he pulled two homers to left.

Kielty homered twice and drove in four runs, and Jermaine Dye
also homered to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Detroit Tigers
6-2 on Wednesday night.

"My approach was to try to hit the other way," Kielty said.
"It was kind of ironic."

Kielty connected in the first and third innings against Mike
Maroth (4-2) for his second career multihomer game. He also homered
twice on April 17, 2003, also against Detroit. He has four homers
on the season.

His two-run shot in the first just cleared the left-field fence,
then he hit a monstrous solo shot in the third that sailed high
into the left-field seats. Dye, who came in batting .333 against
Maroth, hit his ninth homer of the year two batters later, a solo
shot to left.

Mark Redman (3-2) pitched five innings in his eighth start of
the season. In his last outing, the left-hander had a complete-game
12-hitter in the A's 3-1 loss last Thursday in Detroit. The A's
took two of three from the Tigers.

Redman fell behind in the count much of the night and allowed
runners in every inning, giving up two runs on seven hits. He
struck out four and walked three. He expected to go longer since
he'd only thrown 90 pitches.

"Short," he said when asked about the outing. "I got a win
out of it. I can't be too unhappy after a win."

After getting only two hits from their Nos. 1 through 5 hitters
in Tuesday's 5-1 loss, several A's had better offensive
performances. Leadoff hitter Eric Byrnes singled three times and
scored twice, and Dye also had a first-inning double to go with his
homer. Scott Hatteberg snapped an 0-for-12 slump with two hits and
also drove in a run, and Marco Scutaro singled twice and scored for
the A's.

Dye, who is off to a great start after fighting two injuries
that sidelined him for much of last season, saved a run in the
second with a spectacular diving catch in right field on a hard-hit
ball by Tigers leadoff hitter Alex Sanchez, who had his 16th bunt
single of the year in the fourth.

"That turned the whole game around," Tigers outfielder Rondell
White said. "His height came in handy."

The 6-foot-5 Dye said his body came out of it OK, too. He called
it one of the top three catches of his career.

"It was pretty sweet," he said. "I think it was lucky."

Craig Monroe hit an RBI double in the third for the Tigers, who
fell a game below .500 after pulling even for the first time in two
weeks with Tuesday's victory. Monroe earned another start after
hitting a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning Tuesday
night.

Maroth dropped his first nine decisions last year to become a
21-game loser, but the lefty is having a turnaround year. He also
fell behind in the count often, but had no walks and struck out
five in 5 1-3 innings.

"It seemed like the first three innings I was getting the ball
up," said Maroth, who beat the A's last week. "Any time you do
that there's a good chance they'll hit the ball hard somewhere."

Eight of Kielty's 11 RBI in May have either tied the game or
put the A's ahead, including the four RBI he had Wednesday. He
also had an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-2. The
switch-hitting Kielty hit both of his homers from the right side.
His single in the seventh came from the left side against Alan
Levine.

Kielty had considered abandoning his switch-hitting, but not
now.

"It was nice to get a single left-handed," he said. "That
will boost my confidence level on that side. My confidence level on
the right side is always strong. I never doubt myself. But I do
doubt myself left-handed."

Game notes
The A's have homered in five straight games, 19 of 20 and
28 of 30. They are 14-4 when outhomering their opponent. ... Dye's
homer was his first since May 11. ... Redman is 2-1 in three career
starts against the Tigers. ... The A's had lost two straight games
to the Tigers -- Oakland's longest losing streak to Detroit since
dropping three in a row from Aug. 13-19, 2000. The A's won the 2003
season series 6-3. ... The A's starting pitchers are 6-2 with a
2.80 ERA in their last 10 games. ... Kielty came into the game
hitless in his last seven at-bats. He is 6-for-11 lifetime against
the Tigers. ... Detroit stranded 11 baserunners.