10:05 PM ET, June 15, 2007
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
• Summary: Dan Haren allowed only two runs in seven stellar innings to win his eighth straight decision and spoil Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa's return to Oakland en route to a 14-3 A's win.
• Turning point: Bobby Crosby broke open a close game in the third when his one-out hit brought home Mark Kotsay and Nick Swisher and gave the A's a lead they never relinquished.
• Hero: Haren, who improved to 8-0 in his last 12 starts, and 5-0 in eight home starts. He has not lost since April 7, and has not allowed more than two earned runs in a start since April 13.
• Goat: Braden Looper (6-6) was shelled for eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
• Quotable: "It wasn't a very happy experience. It was very disappointing. I had a lot of family and friends here and playing well would have meant enjoying it more." -- La Russa, on his return to Oakland for the first time since he joined the Cardinals in 1996.-- ESPN.com news services
Athletics 14, Cardinals 3
The A's agreed to terms with five more players from the June draft: RHP Travis Banwart, 1B Dan Hamblin, SS Michael Richard, LHP Aaron Jenkins and OF Herbert Hudson. ... A's INF Donnie Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for RHP Ruddy Lugo, who was claimed off waivers Thursday. ... The A's recorded their 8,000th franchise victory.
Regular Season Series
|2nd||C Duncan doubled to deep right center, J Encarnacion scored.||1||0|
|2nd||A Miles singled to center, C Duncan scored.||2||0|
|3rd||S Rolen hit sacrifice fly to left, J Edmonds scored.||3||0|
|3rd||J Kendall doubled to left, M Ellis and J Cust scored.||3||2|
|3rd||M Kotsay singled to left center, J Kendall scored, T Buck to third.||3||3|
|3rd||N Swisher doubled to right, T Buck scored, M Kotsay to third.||3||4|
|3rd||B Crosby singled to left, M Kotsay and N Swisher scored, E Chavez to second.||3||6|
|4th||T Buck safe at third on error by right fielder J Encarnacion, J Cust scored.||3||7|
|5th||E Chavez homered to center.||3||8|
|7th||D Johnson homered to right center, N Swisher and E Chavez scored.||3||11|
|7th||M Kotsay singled to right center, M Ellis and J Cust scored, T Buck to third.||3||13|
|7th||N Swisher singled to left, T Buck scored, M Kotsay to second.||3||14|
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|Stadium||O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|Attendance||24,241 (69.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||60 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|