OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- By the time Bobby Crosby walked to force
in the winning run in the bottom of the 17th inning, he had little
memory of his earlier two-run double.
Or who had started the game for the Oakland Athletics.
Crosby drew a bases-loaded walk to score Marco Scutaro for the
winning run in the A's 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on
Saturday night -- the second-longest game in the majors by innings
Jae Seo (2-4), the 12th pitcher of the game, walked Crosby for
Oakland's third free pass of the inning and the A's won their
season-best ninth straight game in 5 hours, 2 minutes.
"Umm, relief when I walked and the game was over and we won,"
Crosby said when asked of his reaction to how this one finally
ended. "We've been through rough streaks. When you get on hot
streaks, you've got to ride them as long as possible -- even if it
takes 18 innings."
Pittsburgh defeated Houston in 18 innings May 27, a game that
lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes. The Mets and Phillies played 16
innings May 23 (5:22). There also have been four 14-inning games.
This was the Dodgers' longest game since playing 15 innings July
25, 2003, at Arizona. These teams also played a 15-inning game on
July 14, 2001, in Oakland -- a 5-3 win by Los Angeles.
The A's had rallied in the bottom of the eighth with three runs,
including Crosby's two-run double that followed an intentional walk
to Eric Chavez.
Brad Halsey pitched five scoreless innings of relief and Steve
Karsay (1-0) won for the first time since Sept. 11, 2002.
"That's one of the greatest games I've ever been a part of,"
said Halsey, who last month gave up Barry Bonds' 714th homer that
tied the San Francisco slugger with Babe Ruth for second on the
career list. "It was long, it was dramatic, and the pitchers kept
Rafael Furcal -- who had eight at-bats for the Dodgers -- matched
his career high with three stolen bases, including one on a double
steal in the 14th inning after his leadoff double and Nomar
Garciaparra's one-out walk two batters later. After Olmedo Saenz
popped out, Jeff Kent was intentionally walked to load the bases
for Matt Kemp and he grounded into a fielder's choice.
"We had a lot of opportunities that game," Dodgers manager
Grady Little said. "We can't point the finger at anybody else."
Chavez drove in a run on a groundout and Scutaro added an RBI
double in the eighth as the A's established the longest winning
streak in the American League this season and matched the best run
in the majors.
Jason Kendall had two hits to help the A's extend their
season-best home winning streak to seven games.
Lofton also lined a go-ahead single to right off Kirk Saarloos
in the seventh for the Dodgers to score Furcal, but Los Angeles
lost for the fourth time in five games. Kemp added an eighth-inning
sacrifice fly to go with a double and single.
Oakland's Bobby Kielty walked to start the eighth, then scored
on Scutaro's double. Kendall then got aboard on an infield single
and the runners advanced on Nick Swisher's groundout. Derek Lowe
then got Adam Melhuse to pop out foul to third before he
intentionally walked Chavez to bring up Crosby.
Lowe's seven-game winning streak against the A's was preserved --
not to mention his four straight winning decisions this year.
"It was an exhausting game for both sides and they scored one
more run than we did," Lowe said. "They fought back and it was a
battle of the bullpens."
Lowe is 7-0 in nine career starts against Oakland and hasn't
lost to the A's since 2001, though this marked his first outing
against them since joining the Dodgers as a free agent from Boston
before the 2005 season.
After allowing Kendall's leadoff single in the first and a walk
to Swisher, Lowe retired the next 10 batters he faced before Chavez
drew a one-out walk in the fourth.
Saarloos allowed two runs and eight hits, struck out two and
He struck out designated hitter J.D. Drew to end the fifth with
runners on first and second, pumping his fist as he strode off the
mound. Ramon Martinez led off the inning with a triple but got
caught in a pickoff trying to go home on Lofton's grounder to the
Oakland's Dan Johnson singled in the ninth, matching his
career-best hitting streak at 10 games.
Furcal stole his 14th base in the seventh, 15th in the
ninth and 16th in the 14th. ... Oakland CF Mark Kotsay missed his
second straight game with back spasms. ... The A's are 13-2 in
June. ... Oakland had two more doubles after hitting a season-high
seven doubles Friday night and five Thursday against Seattle. ...
Barry Zito was still a hit a day after his 11-strikeout
performance. The A's ace took batting practice in preparation for
interleague play in NL parks next week and fans chanted "Zito!
Zito!" ... The A's drew a sellout crowd of 35,077 that included
1,000 standing-room only tickets.