Tampa Bay (59-68) at Oakland (74-53)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 27, 2004
  • TV: FSFL, FSBA
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The Oakland Athletics’ only loss in the last 10 games came with Mark Redman on the mound. But it wasn’t exactly the left-hander’s fault.

For the second time in less than a week, Redman will try to extend a winning streak for the A’s when they open a three-game series with the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Oakland had won five in a row before Sunday’s series finale in Tampa Bay. Redman pitched his second straight strong game, yielding just two runs and six hits over seven innings, but was outdueled by Tampa Bay’s Dewon Brazelton. He surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Jose Cruz Jr. in the sixth as the A’s went down 2-1.

Oakland bounced back from the loss by ripping off four more wins, including Thursday’s 9-4 victory over slumping Baltimore.

Erubiel Durazo hit a three-run homer and Eric Chavez also went deep for the A’s, who stretched their lead in the AL West to one game over idle Anaheim.

Redman will try to keep Oakland’s streak alive this time, but more importantly, he wants to keep the defending division champs all alone atop the West.

“We can’t sit there and watch the scoreboard,” Redman said. “We have to take care of our own business, and that’s winning ballgames.”

The Devil Rays responded to Brazelton’s brilliant performance against Redman by taking three straight in Seattle from the struggling Mariners—manager Lou Piniella’s former team.

“Whoever you sweep, it makes anybody feel good,” Aubrey Huff said after providing the winning RBI in Wednesday’s 6-5 victory. “But I’m sure it adds a little extra coming in here and playing well. Any time you play Seattle, you know he and his full staff really want to win.”

The Devil Rays haven’t won four in a row since ripping off a franchise-record 12 consecutive victories in June.

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