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Let's Turn Two: A's Five DP's Spark 10-0 Victory

The A's turned five double plays- just one shy of the team record- and Justin Duchscherer ran his streak to 19 innings without allowing an earned run as Oakland ran away from the Tribe with a six-run 8th and took the opener of their three-game series with a 10-0 victory.

Duke labored for most of his six frames on the clock, but was the beneficiary of four twin-killings, all of which came in the first four innings.

Oakland batters were doubled up twice- in the second and third innings- before the A's broke a scoreless tie in the fourth.  Daric Barton walked to lead off, and took second on a single by Kurt Suzuki, the first of three hits for the A's catcher.  After an Eric Chavez strikeout, Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a slow grounder into center for the game's first run.

Barton was the catalyst of a scoring spurt in the sixth, as he doubled with no outs, and came around to score on a Ryan Sweeney single.  Suzuki chased starter Jake Westbrook with a homerun, his second in as many days to make it 4-nil.

Duchscherer helped his cause with a pick-off of Shin-Soo Choo in the top of the sixth.  He then struck out Travis Hafner before calling it a night.  Tyson Ross relieved Duchscherer in the seventh, and Duke was kind enough to leave some double-play magic behind as Jhonny Peralta was erased on a 4-6-3 off the bat of Russell Branyan.  Ross, who turned 23 yesterday, pitched two scoreless innings, and Brad Kilby mopped up to preserve the A's second shutout of the season.

Things got silly in a sloppy eighth inning, with Oakland putting up six runs, half of them scoring on a base-clearing Rajai Davis two-bagger, breaking a 6-for-50 slump for the struggling centerfielder.

The A's improve to 11-7 season on the season and 3-0 in Good Don/Evil Don threads, and we do it again tomorrow.