Starter Dan Haren finally gave the Oakland Athletics the kind of performance they were hoping for when they acquired him in the offseason.
Haren will look to build off his first win in more than a month as the A’s wrap up a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at McAfee Coliseum.
Haren allowed five hits in his first career complete-game, a 10-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday. The win was the first since April 18 for Haren, who had lost six straight decisions and was winless in seven starts.
“It’s a great feeling,” Haren said. “I’ve never felt this way before after a win. I’ve never been out on the field for the last out and shaken the catcher’s hand.”
Haren was acquired by the A’s as part of the offseason trade that sent Mark Mulder to St. Louis, with Oakland hoping that he would become an important part of its retooled rotation. However, the 24-year-old right-hander entered his last start with just one win.
Haren has gone at least six innings in his last four starts after not lasting four in his first two outings in May.
“I think he’s been confident with what he’s doing the past several times out,” pitching coach Curt Young said. “He’s been pitching winning baseball, but that hasn’t shown up on the stat sheet.”
Haren will face Chad Gaudin, who allowed two earned runs and seven hits in five innings of a 9-7 win over the Seattle Mariners in his Toronto debut on Tuesday. Gaudin, who had not appeared in a major league game since Oct. 2, made 41 appearances and seven starts for Tampa Bay over the last two seasons.
The A’s beat the Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday for their fifth win in six games since a season-worst eight-game losing streak. Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer and Eric Chavez added a solo shot for Oakland, which got three hits from Dan Johnson.