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Dye drives in winning run in ninth

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics got fired up by a
wayward pitch and then pulled off an unlikely comeback.

Jermaine Dye singled with the bases loaded in the ninth and the
A's rallied from a four-run deficit for their 12-11 victory over
the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Pittsburgh reliever Salomon Torres and manager Lloyd McClendon
were ejected after the right-hander threw two consecutive pitches
behind Damian Miller in the eighth.

"I think it woke us up," Miller said. "I don't know what he
was doing or what they were thinking. It was a huge spark for us."

Torres' first pitch sailed behind Miller about waist high, and
plate umpire Kerwin Danley warned both sides. A's reliever Justin
Duchscherer had hit Pirates catcher Jason Kendall with a pitch in
the top of the inning.

"There's no way we think a guy throwing a 55 mph curveball is
trying to hit Jason on purpose," McClendon said. "I'm trying to
tell them we've lost six in a row and we're just trying to get a
win. We had things lined up the way we wanted, and unfortunately
that happens."

Torres' next pitch also went behind Miller, earning an instant
ejection. McClendon was also ejected as a result.

"I've already been issued a warning," Torres said. "I'm not
trying to hit anybody. You have to be crazy or stupid to do that.
I'm very disappointed he made the decision especially late in the
game and how badly we need this win."

Torres argued with a fan sitting behind the Pirates dugout as he
left the field escorted by a security guard.

The A's and Pirates combined to hit five batters during Friday
night's 6-1 Oakland victory.

Marco Scutaro doubled to lead off the ninth, and after Mark
Corey (0-1) got Eric Byrnes to fly out, Mark McLemore and Mark
Kotsay were walked intentionally ahead of Dye.

"I told someone I was just going to wait for the right pitch,"
Dye said. "I was just patient. The guys were pretty excited when
they came back and did that (to Miller). It got us going."

Arthur Rhodes (3-3) blew his fifth save in 14 opportunities,
most in the AL, but got the win when Dye singled.

Erubiel Durazo drove in three runs and Byrnes hit two homers for
the A's, who scored five times in the eighth inning against
Pittsburgh closer Jose Mesa to take an 11-10 lead.

"It makes no difference coming in the eighth or ninth, I still
have to get the outs," Mesa said. "It wasn't tough, I just didn't
do my job."

Bobby Crosby had two RBI doubles as the A's extended their
season-best winning streak to seven games.

"We were tired and (Torres) fired us up," Crosby said. "Once
it happened, we took it right to them. It's a sweet win. I've never
seen a guy throw behind a guy twice like that."

Ruben Mateo had two homers, including his first career grand
slam, and Jason Bay collected three hits and drove in two runs as
the Pirates lost their seventh straight. His grand slam gave the
Pirates a 7-4 lead.

Mateo, who drove in a career-high five runs, tied it with a solo
shot off Rhodes leading off the ninth.

"It might be the first time I did that but, when we lose it
doesn't matter how I do," Mateo said. "It's no big deal."

Mesa replaced Torres. He struck out Miller but gave up a homer
to Scutaro, the first he's allowed this year, and consecutive
singles to Byrnes, McLemore and Kotsay for another run. Scott
Hatteberg added a sacrifice fly to make it 10-9, and Durazo and
Crosby followed with their hits.

Mesa had allowed just three runs in his previous 22 innings.

Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong failed to get an out in the
fifth, leaving after Dye's RBI double. He gave up six runs on eight
hits in four-plus innings to remain winless (0-6) in 15 career
starts on the road.

A's starter Mark Redman lasted five innings, giving up seven
runs on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Game notes
Bay was 2-for-18 with no RBI against left-handed pitching
before connecting against Redman. ... Hatteberg singled in the
seventh to extend his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. ...
The 3-hour, 59-minute game tied for the sixth-longest nine-inning
game in Oakland history. ... The A's are 17-0 against the NL
Central. ... OF Rob Mackowiak made his second career appearance at
1B.