Oakland (46-38) at Cleveland (41-44)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 10, 2004
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Mark Mulder has been the Oakland Athletics’ strongest starter so far this season. They could certainly use his help right now.

Mulder looks to help the Athletics snap a four-game losing streak as they continuea three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.

The left-hander allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings of Sunday’s 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants for his ninth straight victory.

“Mulder wasn’t as sharp as he usually is, but (he got) four double plays, and they were all big,” manager Ken Macha said. ”(And) he did a great job fielding his position.”

His winning streak is the longest in the American League and is tied for the second-longest in the majors. San Francisco’s Jason Schmidt has won 10 straight.

Mulder, whose 66 wins and 21 complete games since 2001 lead the majors, has posted a 2.42 ERA during the streak and held opposing batters to a .219 average. He went 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA in June, earning pitcher of the month honors.

The A’s lost 5-4 to the Cleveland Indians in the series opener Friday night, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Cleveland has won four straight in Oakland this season, all in the final at-bat.

“It’s kind of a broken record here,” Macha said. “That’s four in a row.”

Lou Merloni hit the game-winning, two-run single Octavio Dotel as the Indians won for just the second time in seven games.

Eric Chavez returned to Oakland’s lineup after missing over five weeks with a broken hand, and went 2-for-3 with and RBI, a run and two walks.

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M. Mulder LAA vs. C. Sabathia NYY
17-8 Record 11-10
4.43 ERA 4.12
140 K 139
83 BB 72
1.36 WHIP 1.32