It’s been more than two months since Rich Harden lost a game.
Over his last 11 starts, Harden is 5-0 with a 3.72 ERA. He has not lost since a 10-3 defeat against the Anaheim Angels on June 21.
The 22-year-old right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings Friday in a 9-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
“Rich did a fine job. It was just one of those nights where he looked like he’d lose it fast,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said.
Harden will now try to lead the A’s to their eighth win in nine game as they try to maintain their half-game lead over the Angels in the AL West.
Mark Mulder allowed two runs over six innings Tuesday to become the first 17-game winner in the majors, and Eric Chavez and Jermaine Dye both homered to help Oakland move a season-high 19 games over .500 with a 6-2 win.
The Orioles dropped their eighth straight, falling to 0-2 on a season-high 13-game road trip—the club’s longest stretch away from home since the 2000 season.
The Oakland fans gave another warm reception to Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, who is playing his first games at the Coliseum since signing a a $72 million, six-year contract with the Orioles in December.
Tejada, who won the 2002 AL MVP award with the A’s, is 0-for-7 through the series’ first two games. He shouted in frustration after grounding out in the seventh inning Tuesday.