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Athletics pound Pettitte early

Yankees' latest defeat sealed by 2d inning

Jack Cust sat at his locker while most of his teammates chowed down at a table in the visitors' locker room at Yankee Stadium. He sheepishly admitted to being tired after a rare full day in the field.

"Usually I get taken out late in the game for, I guess, defensive purposes," he said with a grin.

Cust slugged his way to the finish yesterday, hitting a three-run homer in Oakland's seven-run second inning against Andy Pettitte and totaling four RBIs in the Athletics' 11-5 victory over slumping New York.

Dan Haren (10-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his career-best 10th straight decision and improve to 4-0 in seven career starts against the Yankees. He allowed a season-high five runs in his shortest outing since he lasted only five innings in a no-decision against New York April 13.

"I just didn't have my legs under me today," said Haren, who had a cold for a few days before his start.

Andy Phillips tied a career high with three hits and Melky Cabrera had two hits for New York, which has lost nine of 11.

Oakland's first four batters in the second singled, with Kurt Suzuki driving in Bobby Crosby to make it 2-0. Pettitte (4-6) got Shannon Stewart to fly to right but Mark Ellis followed with a sacrifice fly.

It just got worse for Pettitte from there. Cust hit a three-run drive to right-center for his 14th homer of the season, Eric Chavez reached on a double, and Dan Johnson drove a 1-2 pitch to right for a two-run shot, making it 8-0.

Johnson's ninth homer was it for Pettitte, who gave up nine hits and eight runs (seven earned) in his shortest outing since he recorded five outs for the Yankees against the Cubs June 8, 2003.

Angels 4, Orioles 3 -- John Lackey (11-5) outpitched Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie, and Angels catcher Mike Napoli homered and preserved Los Angeles's win when he blocked the plate and held on to the ball during a violent, game-ending collision with Melvin Mora.

With one out and Mora on third, Brian Roberts hit a short fly to right. After making a basket catch, Vladimir Guerrero fired the ball to the plate while Mora headed home. Mora met Napoli with his spikes high, tearing off part of the catcher's shin guard. Napoli applied the tag, rose to show umpire Garry Davis the ball, then collapsed after getting the out call. Napoli suffered a sprained ankle, while Mora was left with a bruised foot.

Cardinals 11, Reds 7 -- Ryan Ludwick hit a solo home run that landed above the batter's eye target at Great American Ballpark -- an impressive drive measured at 473 feet -- and added a three-run shot as St. Louis outslugged Cincinnati, which fired manager Jerry Narron after the game.

Ken Griffey had a three-run homer for the Reds, the 585th long ball of his career to pull within one of Frank Robinson for sixth on the career list.

Tigers 1, Twins 0 -- Jeremy Bonderman (9-1) pitched eight shutout innings, and host Detroit averted a three-game sweep when Marcus Thames went deep with two outs in the eighth off Minnesota starter Scott Baker (2-3).

Phillies 5, Mets 3 -- Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer, Kyle Kendrick (3-0) pitched effectively into the seventh, and Philadelphia salvaged the finale of a four-game home series with New York.

Indians 3, Devil Rays 2 -- Cliff Lee (5-4) struck out nine over eight innings to win for the third time in four starts, and Cleveland stretched visiting Tampa Bay's season-worst losing streak to seven games.

Cubs 5, Brewers 1 -- Jason Marquis (6-4) allowed four hits in seven innings to win for the first time in almost two months, and host Chicago was victorious for the eighth time in nine games.

Marlins 6, Braves 5 -- Josh Willingham had five hits, including a game-ending single in the 10th after Miguel Olivo's solo home run in the ninth tied it for Florida.

Giants 13, Diamondbacks 0 -- Tim Lincecum (3-2) struck out a career-high 12 over seven shutout innings, Bengie Molina hit a three-run homer, and Ryan Klesko drove in four runs for host San Francisco.

Dodgers 5, Padres 0 -- Chad Billingsley (5-0) matched his career high with nine strikeouts during his seven-inning effort for host Los Angeles.

White Sox 3, Royals 1 -- Backed by Paul Konerko's home run, Jon Garland (6-5) did the rest for visiting Chicago, holding Kansas City to one run over seven innings.

Astros 12, Rockies 0 -- Lance Berkman homered and had four RBIs, Luke Scott provided a two-run home run, and host Houston had it easy against Colorado.

Nationals 3, Pirates 2 -- Jesus Flores's first major league home run, a two-run drive in the top of the seventh, enabled Washington to snap its five-game skid.

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