CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mark Mulder needed a lot of assistance to keep
his streak alive.
"It was big to get those runs," said Mulder, who was sharp
early, then faltered and gave up six runs over 6 2/3 innings.
But Mulder (12-2) still managed to tie San Francisco's Jason
Schmidt for the longest winning streak in the majors in 2004.
The left-hander has not lost in 13 starts since a 5-1 setback
April 28 in New York. He tied teammate Barry Zito and three former
Athletics for the second-longest streak in Oakland history. Hall of
Famer Jim (Catfish) Hunter won 13 in a row in 1973.
Mulder would be honored if named the American League's starter
Tuesday night in the All-Star game in Houston.
"It would be nice, but I don't know if anybody in their right
mind would want to pitch two innings against that (NL) lineup," he
Travis Hafner had four hits, including his 10th homer, and four
RBI for Cleveland.
Durazo capped a seven-run sixth inning with his 11th homer -- the
seventh of his career as a pinch-hitter and third career grand slam
-- as Oakland snapped a four-game losing streak.
The A's had been 0-4 against Cleveland this season, losing each
time in the final at-bat at Jacobs Field.
"We wanted to score as many as we could," said Mark Kotsay,
who had four of Oakland's 19 hits. "We haven't had as much success
here as we would have liked. It felt good to have a cushion."
Jermaine Dye then lined a 1-1 pitch to right center for a
two-run single, giving Oakland a 6-5 lead.
"I've pinch-hit a lot against lefties," Durazo said. "I was
Mulder needed just 37 pitches over the first three innings,
striking out five, in a matchup against fellow All-Star left-hander
That came to an abrupt halt in the fourth as Cleveland's first
five batters reached safely and scored. Mulder made 39 pitches in
"That was some of the best stuff I had all year," said Mulder,
who allowed nine hits and three walks, striking out a season-high
"I felt great in the first three innings," he added. "Then I
threw too much over the plate and they hit the ball hard."
Hafner's three-run double keyed Cleveland's five-run fourth.
Lou Merloni drove in a run with a bases-loaded single. Then
Hafner lined a double over the head of Kotsay in center for a 4-3
Hafner moved up on Mulder's second wild pitch of the inning and
scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Laker.
"Mulder's a great pitcher," Merloni said. "He lost a little
of his command that one inning. Other than that, he pretty much
Sabathia gave up three runs and five hits over five innings. He
walked four and struck out five in his second start since missing a
turn because of a sore biceps.
"Overall, I was pleased with the way I threw, but not the
results," Sabathia said. "I cut loose pretty good and started to
regain command of my breaking ball as the game went on."
Marco Scutaro gave the A's the early lead in the second with a
Kielty made it 3-0 in the third with a two-out, two-run double
Coco Crisp singled home a run in the Indians' sixth to make it
Kotsay's two-run double in the eighth off Jeriome Robertson put
Oakland ahead by six. Hafner homered to make it 12-7 in the bottom
In the ninth, Durazo added an RBI single and Adam Melhuse hit a
Mulder's 67 wins and 21 complete games since 2001 lead the
majors. He is 7-2 in his career against Cleveland. ... Bob Welch
(1990), Storm Davis (1988) and Vida Blue (1971) also won 10
straight for Oakland. ... Kotsay went 4-for-6 and is hitting .600
(15-for-25) in his career against Cleveland. ... Indians SS Omar
Vizquel extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a
fourth-inning single. ... Indians manager Eric Wedge said RHP
Rafael Betancourt, sidelined since June 26 with a sore biceps,
likely would be activated Sunday.