Kevin Brown looks to remain unbeaten as a Yankee and win his second matchup with struggling left-hander Barry Zito in less than a week as New York resumes a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics at Network Associates Coliseum.
Brown, unbeaten in his first six starts for New York, improved to 4-0 with last Thursday’s 7-5 victory over the A’s at Yankee Stadium. The veteran right-hander yielded four runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out five without a walk.
“I battled and the offense battled and we kept putting pressure on them,” said Brown, who has yielded just one earned run in four of his first six starts.
Zito lost his second straight start, yielding six runs and eight hits, including a career-high four homers, while striking out nine and walking two. Over his last two starts, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner has been pounded for 15 runs and 18 hits over 10 innings.
“I had sharpness, and the curveball was good and the changeup was good,” Zito said. “I think it was just that they didn’t miss anything.”
The Yankees extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with Tuesday’s come-from-behind 10-8 victory over the struggling A’s, who have dropped seven of nine.
Eric Chavez belted a pair of homers for the A’s, who squandered leads of 7-1 and 8-3 en route to their fourth straight loss to the Yankees this season. Oakland suffered a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium last week.