How The West Is Winning; Phils Lose To A's 7-4

The Phillies are beginning to really hate interleague play. After four matches with the American League, the Phillies are 0-4 and seem to be sliding deeper into the depths of their season long funk. The A's came to town with historians remembering the old Philadelphia A's, but they may leave with fans not wanting any part of anything to do with the A's.

The American League West is providing all kinds of problems for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Miguel Tejada had four hits and knocked in three runs and Barry Zito pitched six-plus effective innings as the Oakland Athletics posted a 7-4 victory over the Phillies.

Coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the AL West leading Seattle Mariners, the Phillies again struggled against a team from one of baseball's best divisions.

Tejada delivered an RBI single in the fifth and added a two-run double in the ninth. He finished with three doubles, matching a team record. Eric Chavez added three hits and three RBI for Oakland, which improved to 5-5 on a 12-game road trip.

Zito (7-4) won for the first time in his last four starts. The Left-hander gave up two runs and five hits, walking three and striking out three. Phillies starter Brett Myers (3-4) gave up five runs and four hits in four-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season. The 22-year-old right-hander walked three and struck out two.

Myers found himself in trouble in the top of the first when Eric Byrnes led off with a single and went to third one out later on a double by Tejada. A groundout by Chavez plated the game's first run.

In the second, the Phillies threatened as Mike Lieberthal drew a leadoff walk and Bobby Abreu reached on an infield single – the only hit allowed by Zito through five innings. But Zito retired the next three batters and cruised through the next three innings.

Myers' control got him in trouble in the third after he issued consecutive one out walks to Scott Hatteberg and Tejada. Chavez followed with a run-scoring single and Ramon Hernandez plated a run with a groundout, extending the lead to 3-0. Myers again struggled with his control in the fifth after hitting Byrnes with a pitch to start the inning and walking Hatteberg. A wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position for Tejada, who stroked an RBI single to chase Myers. Hector Mercado relieved and Chavez lofted a sacrifice fly.

The Phillies loaded bases with one out in the sixth. But Zito averted major damage as he surrendered just a sacrifice fly to Abreu. Zito gave up consecutive singles to start the seventh before being relieved by Mecir, who got pinch-hitter Jason Michaels to bounce into a double play. Jimmy Rollins came through with an RBI single but David Bell flied out to end the inning.

Tejada provided some breathing room with a two-run double in the ninth off Terry Adams.

Athletics closer Keith Foulke struggled in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a solo homer to Placido Polanco and a run-scoring single to Rollins.


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