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Kennedy helps A's add to Padres' woes

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SAN DIEGO (AP)

Adam Kennedy tied his career high with four hits, including a home run, and scored three times as the Oakland Athletics beat San Diego 6-3 on Saturday night, continuing the Padres' interleague woes. Kennedy and Jack Cust hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the eighth off Greg Burke. San Diego dropped to 1-7 in interleague play, the worst in the majors. On Wednesday night, they extended their big league record to 13 straight interleague losses by falling 4-3 to Seattle. The Padres snapped that streak by beating the Mariners 4-3 in 10 innings the following day. Oakland won for the third time in four games. Kennedy hit his sixth home run. Cust then drove a 1-0 pitch into the seats in left-center for his 13th. Kennedy had given the A's a 4-3 lead an inning earlier. He hit a leadoff single against Cla Meredith (4-1), advanced on Cust's fly out and scored when Kurt Suzuki singled after Jason Giambi was intentionally walked. Michael Wuertz (4-1) got the win for the second night in a row, allowing one hit and striking out four in two innings. Andrew Bailey got his eighth save in 12 chances. He allowed two singles with two outs in the ninth before getting Kevin Kouzmanoff to fly out to center field. Padres manager Bud Black's decision to bat speedy shortstop Everth Cabrera in the No. 9 spot for the second straight night paid off. In his second game back from the 60-day disabled list, Cabrera hit an RBI single in the third inning, then tripled with one out in the fifth and scored on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s bloop single over second baseman Kennedy's head to give the Padres a 3-2 lead. Oakland chased starter Walter Silva in the sixth and tied the game on Ryan Sweeney's RBI single. Kennedy hit an RBI single in the second to give the A's a 2-0 lead. Silva, promoted from Triple-A Portland earlier Saturday, allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. Oakland's Brett Anderson also allowed three runs on five hits, in five innings.

Notes

It was Kennedy's 16th four-hit game. He also did it May 25 against Seattle. ... It was the second time this year the A's hit back-to-back homers. Bobby Crosby and Landon Powell did it June 3 at the Chicago White Sox. ... San Diego's Kyle Blanks, promoted from Triple-A on Friday night, singled with two outs in the sixth for his first big league hit. ... It was the first time in David Eckstein's career that he grounded into two double plays and struck out in the same game. Coming into Friday night he had hit into only one double play, then did it three times in two games. ... Emilio Navarro, who at 103 is believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the Padres' annual salute to the Negro Leagues. Navarro, who lives in Puerto Rico, made the throw on the fly from about 25 feet to Padres utilityman Edgar Gonzalez. "I think I am in heaven now," Navarro said in perfect English shortly before the game.
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