Oakland (34-40) at New York (35-38)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 22, 2011
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Jemile Weeks(notes) is providing an offensive spark that has contributed to the Oakland Athletics’ longest winning streak in nearly two years.

It’s possible that clothing is also playing a role in the team’s success.

Weeks looks to keep the A’s rolling when they face struggling Jose Reyes(notes) and the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Oakland (34-40) has won six straight, its longest run since a seven-game streak Sept. 14-20, 2009.

Weeks, the younger brother of Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks(notes), has been on a tear, going 9 for 22 with three doubles, six runs, four RBIs and four stolen bases during the six-game run.

The rookie second baseman is hitting .362 since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on June 7.

“He’s like the little Energizer bunny. That guy just keeps going and going and he battles and he takes good at-bats,” reliever Grant Balfour(notes) said. “You can just see that he’s got a lot of energy and a lot of confidence, and he’s a great little player.”

Weeks’ hot start to his career continued Tuesday, when he scored three times while getting one hit, two walks and two steals in a 7-3 win over New York (35-38) in the opener of this three-game set.

The A’s have been much better under manager Bob Melvin, winning seven of 11 since he replaced Bob Geren, and some members of the club are crediting the success to a swap of outfits.

Oakland has donned its alternate gold uniforms over the last six games after dropping 13 of the previous 14.

“Not our best look,” Weeks said of the garish jerseys. “But like I said, it’s part of our winning right now, so we’re just going to I guess keep it until it wears itself out, I guess you could say.”

Gio Gonzalez(notes) (6-5, 2.69 ERA) takes the mound for Oakland attempting to build on a gutsy effort.

The left-hander battled Kansas City and an illness Thursday, but was superb in yielding two runs while fanning 10 in six innings of an 8-4 win. That performance ended a personal three-game slide, and gave him his first victory since May 17.

Gonzalez is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three road interleague starts.

The Mets have dropped four of five, and Reyes is scuffling versus AL pitching.

The shortstop leads the NL with a .336 average, but is 5 for 31 in seven interleague games after going 0 for 5 Tuesday. He informed the club Tuesday that he’s not entertaining offers for a contract extension until after the season, leaving his return to the Mets in serious doubt.

While Reyes is struggling, Jason Bay(notes) is 10 for 24 in six games after going 3 for 3 with a triple, a homer and two RBIs Tuesday.

“It’s been a battle,” said Bay, who has struggled with injuries in two seasons with New York. “I feel like the last week has been a lot better, and it was nice to get the results and put some wood on some balls and get that confidence and hopefully build off that.”

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey(notes) (3-7, 4.00) looks to continue his interleague dominance.

The right-hander has a 1.33 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 27 innings while winning all four of his starts versus AL teams with the Mets.

Dickey, though, wasn’t sharp Thursday, giving up a season high-tying six runs - four earned - and six hits with three walks in four innings of a 9-8 loss in 10 at Atlanta on Thursday.

His most recent start against Oakland came in a win with Seattle on Sept. 28, 2008.

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G. González Was vs. R. Dickey Tor
16-12 Record 8-13
3.12 ERA 3.28
197 K 134
91 BB 54
1.32 WHIP 1.23


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