New York (17-19) at Oakland (14-21)

Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 52° F
  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Sat May 14, 2005
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Kevin Brown knows it’s going to take more than one strong performance to re-establish himself as a reliable starter in the New York Yankees’ rotation.

He’ll try to build on his first victory of the season and help the Yankees extend their season-high winning streak to seven games when they continue their weekend series with the Oakland Athletics.

Brown was 0-4 with an 8.25 ERA in his first four outings this season, and had lost a career-high seven straight starts dating to last year before shutting down the A’s in last Sunday’s 6-0 victory at Yankee Stadium.

The 40-year-old right-hander scattered five hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking one to earn his first regular season victory since August.

“He was a different Kevin Brown today,” Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said. “He seemed to be more sure of himself.”

Brown’s effort helped the Yankees take two of three from the A’s last weekend. They kicked off this three-game set with a 9-4 victory.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer in the first, Tino Martinez failed to go deep for the first time in six games and embattled slugger Jason Giambi ended an 0-for-18 slump with a single in his final at-bat.

New York, which was tied for last in the AL East at 11-19 before its win streak, has climbed within 5 1/2 games of first-place Baltimore in the division.

The Yankees had not won six straight since last year’s playoffs, when they rebounded from a Game 1 loss to Minnesota in the AL Division Series to go up 3-0 on Boston in the ALCS before becoming the first team in major league history to blow the advantage.

Jason Kendall doubled twice and drove in a run for Oakland, which kicked off a six-game homestand with its season-high sixth straight loss.

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4-7 Record 12-12
6.50 ERA 3.53
50 K 116
19 BB 67
1.72 WHIP 1.22