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Durazo ties career-high four hits

BOSTON (AP) -- Oakland's best offensive game of the year Thursday
night ended a series in which the AL's two best pitching staffs got
pounded.

Eric Chavez and Scott Hatteberg homered and drove in three runs
each, and the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 15-2 to salvage the
series finale.

Boston won the first two 12-2 and 9-6, and the teams with the
league's two lowest ERAs combined for 75 hits in the three games.

"We kind of got beat around a little the first two games,"
Hatteberg said. "It's good to do the same to them."

The Athletics led 12-0 after four innings, scoring three runs in
both the first and second and six in the fourth when they had a
homer, four doubles and a single. They added three unearned runs in
the seventh and had season-highs in runs and hits (17).

"I guess this is too much to ask, but this was probably
televised, right?" Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Just a
bad night, a tough night."

Mark Mulder (6-2) had his streak of three complete games
snapped, allowing two runs on four hits and issuing a career-high
seven walks in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four.

"I couldn't throw a strike," he said. "I walked a lot of guys
but I did a lot of it with two outs so it didn't hurt me."

Boston's winning streak ended at five games after its pitching
staff, which began the night with a major league-best 3.53 ERA,
gave up a season-high 17 hits and the most runs allowed by the Red
Sox since a 15-9 loss to Tampa Bay on July 24.

Bronson Arroyo (2-2) gave up nine runs -- six earned -- and seven
hits in 3 1-3 innings.

"It's tough to forget about a game like this," he said.
"They're traditionally a team that has taken a lot of pitches and
they did it in the first inning. But then after that they seemed to
come out swinging and hit a lot of balls hard."

Oakland's six runs in an inning were a season high. Mulder's
previous career high for walks was five against Texas on April 21,
2001.

The Athletics went ahead 3-0 in the first on Chavez's RBI
groundout and Erubiel Durazo's two-run double, the first of his
four hits. In the second, Eric Byrnes doubled in a run and scored
on Chavez's AL leading 13th homer of the year, a two-run shot.

"It seems so often our pitching has carried us, so it's nice to
come out and score some runs," Byrnes said.

Arroyo pitched a perfect third then struggled again in the
fourth. Doubles by Bobby Crosby, Marco Scutaro and Byrnes produced
two runs and brought in Jamie Brown to replace Arroyo.

"Early on, (Arroyo) was having a tough time getting a feel for
what he was doing and he paid the price," Francona said.

Brown walked Chavez, Jermaine Dye made it 9-0 with an RBI double
and Hatteberg hit his fifth homer to add three more runs as Gabe
Kapler fell over the low wall in right-field and into the stands
trying to track down the fly.

"He went flying in there like he had a bead on it," Hatteberg
said. "He made a heck of an effort."

Mulder said he didn't think about his last appearance in Fenway
Park on Aug. 19, when he left after three innings with what was
believed to be a right hip strain. It later was diagnosed as a
stress fracture in his right leg and he didn't pitch again last
year.

On Thursday, he walked the bases loaded with one out in the
first then struck out the next two batters.

"I had to do something there," Mulder said. "We had a
three-run lead and I didn't want to give back one or two."

Boston scored its runs in the sixth. With one out, Kevin
Youkilis walked, Kapler doubled and Pokey Reese drove in a run with
a groundout. Doug Mirabelli then singled in Kapler.

Game notes
Oakland's previous season high was 11 runs on May 7 in a
13-inning win over Minnesota. ... The 15 runs were the most against
the Red Sox this season. On April 15, they lost to Baltimore 12-7
in 11 innings. ... Oakland last scored 15 runs on Aug. 24 in a 17-2
win over Toronto. ... Manny Ramirez walked in all three of his
at-bats.