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Streaking A's make Mariners sixth straight victim

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Even without his best stuff Dan Haren
looked unhittable to the Seattle Mariners.

Haren pitched seven strong innings and the Oakland Athletics
beat the Mariners 7-2 Wednesday night for their season-high sixth
straight victory.

"It seemed like I couldn't get ahead in the count against
anybody," Haren said. "I was battling myself the whole night. If
I didn't have good D (defense), I'd be in big trouble."

Haren (6-5) gave up four hits and retired 12 in a row at one
point. He didn't allow a hit after Carl Everett's leadoff single in
the second inning. Haren walked two and struck out four to improve
to 7-0 in the month of June over the past two years.

Haren has allowed just a pair of runs in his last 18 2/3 innings
and is 6-3 after dropping his first two decisions of the year.

"He didn't have his best stuff when he went out there but he
gave us seven innings," A's catcher Jason Kendall said. "That
says it all."

The A's made several quality defensive plays in support of
Haren, turning a pair of double plays to help escape big innings.
Kendall caught a foul pop by reaching over the fence near the
Mariners' dugout in the sixth.

"It seemed there was a two-inning span where it was one play
after another," Haren said. "I had so many balls put in play, and
put in play hard. Our defense -- that was it tonight."

Kendall and Bobby Kielty each drove in two runs as the A's
extended their win streak against Seattle to eight games.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki collected two hits, extending his
hitting streak to 14 games. He is 33-for-63 (.524) during that
streak to raise his average from .323 to .367. Jose Lopez had two
hits and drove in a run.

Suzuki led off the game with a single and scored Seattle's first
run when Raul Ibanez grounded into a double play with the bases
loaded.

"With the four, five and six hitters coming up you're looking
to get more than just the one run in that situation," Mariners
manager Mike Hargrove said. "When we hit the ball hard they made
plays on us."

Joel Pineiro (5-7) matched his second shortest outing of the
season by pitching into trouble in every inning after retiring the
side in order in the first. He lasted four-plus innings, giving up
seven runs -- five earned -- and six hits. He walked two, hit a
batter and did not strike out anyone.

"I sucked," Pineiro said. "I tried everything I could and I
did it badly. I can't go any crazier than I am. I'm trying to be
too perfect and I can't finish guys off."

Eric Chavez snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a single in the
fifth, ending Pineiro's night. He is 1-5 against the A's since
winning seven straight decisions against them between April 16,
2002, and April 20, 2005.

"Maybe it's their turn now," Pineiro said. "We come in here
and they dominate us. The A's have our number."

The A's scored a pair of unearned runs in the second to take a
2-1 lead. Frank Thomas was hit by a pitch to lead off and Adrian
Beltre mishandled Bobby Crosby's grounder. Two outs later, Jason
Kendall doubled home both runners.

Thomas added an RBI single in the third, a sharp line drive that
hit off the left-field wall. Chavez scored from first on the play.
Milton Bradley ran for Thomas, who left the game with a strained
right quad.

"It's not bothering me when I swing the bat," said Thomas, who
will be re-evaluated on Thursday. "But I can't get out of the box.
It's nagging."

Bobby Kielty doubled home a run and Mark Kotsay added an RBI
single to make it 5-1 in the fourth.

Nick Swisher walked and Chavez singled before Jake Woods
relieved Pineiro and gave up a sacrifice fly to Dan Johnson and
Kielty's run-scoring single for a 7-1 A's lead.

Lopez singled in a run against Brad Halsey in the eighth to make
it 7-2.

The Mariners have scored twice in their last two games after
scoring 22 runs to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game
set.

The A's grounded into a double play for the 10th straight game,
their longest such stretch since an 11-game span in April of 2004.
The A's lead the AL with 64 double plays while the Mariners have
grounded into 39, the fewest in the AL.

Game notes
A's 2B Mark Ellis, on the DL since June 1, is scheduled to
have his broken right thumb X-rayed sometime next week to see how
its healing. ... Lopez is hitting .259 in the third spot in the
order after hitting .286 in the second spot. ... The Mariners are
1-22 when scoring three runs or less. ... Pineiro has allowed 15
runs over his last 9 1-3 innings. ... Haren has not walked more
than two in any game this season. ... Woods pitched a career-high
four innings.