Oakland (38-32) at Colorado (35-35)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 20, 2006
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The Athletics entered Coors Field riding the fifth-longest winning streak in Oakland club history. The result more closely resembled Oakland’s club history at Coors Field.

Oakland tries to bounce back after having its major league-best 10-game winning streak snapped when it continues a three-game set at Coors on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Oakland (38-32) saw its longest winning streak in nearly three years end with a 7-0 loss on Monday. The Athletics managed seven hits—but none in six at-bats with runners in scoring position to drop to a major league-worst .228 in RBI situations for the season.

The game was Oakland’s first at Colorado (35-35) since the 2000 season. The Athletics dropped to 2-7 all-time at Coors Field, where they have allowed 88 runs in nine games.

The defeat came despite a decent outing from Dan Haren, who gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He became the 11th straight starter for the A’s to pitch into the sixth inning.

Oakland hopes Esteban Loaiza (2-3, 6.03 ERA) will maintain that streak. Loaiza is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts since he returned to action on June 8 after missing 1 1/2 months due to a strained trapezius muscle.

The right-hander spent last Tuesday night in jail on suspicion of drunken driving. Two days later, he allowed five runs and six hits over six innings in a 9-6 victory over Seattle.

“I was thinking about a lot of stuff, but when I got to the ballpark I just wanted to stay positive,” said Loaiza after the game. “I can’t say much but I can say I’m sorry for what I’ve done for my teammates, for the Oakland Athletics, major league baseball and the fans. It can happen to anybody and I don’t want it to happen to anybody else. I’m sorry for everything.”

Loaiza is 4-2 with a 5.70 ERA against the Rockies in 10 career appearances, including nine starts.

Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first inning on Monday as Colorado ended a three-game slide. Holliday is batting .418 (33-for-79) with 17 runs scored and 14 RBIs over his last 20 games.

“I try not to get too complicated with my hitting,” Holliday said. “I have a few little things that I work on every day and I try to take them into the game and put them to use. I try to get good pitches to hit, be relaxed and try to take what I do in batting practice in the cage into the game.”

The Rockies are 4-0 in interleague play this season and have held the lead at the end of all 36 innings of those contests.

Jason Jennings (5-6, 4.32) seeks to win a third straight start for the first time all year for Colorado. Jennings allowed an unearned run and six hits over eight innings in an 8-1 victory at Washington last Thursday.

The right-hander, who has never faced Oakland, is 8-5 with a 4.87 ERA in 14 career interleague outings.

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E. Loaiza CWS vs. J. Jennings OAK
11-9 Record 9-13
4.89 ERA 3.78
97 K 142
40 BB 85
1.42 WHIP 1.37