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Tejada powers Oakland into AL West lead

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Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - belted two home runs and tossed eight strong innings, as the Oakland downed the Baltimore , 6-2, in the middle contest of a three-game series at the Coliseum. also homered for the , who have won five straight and nine of their last 11 games. Oakland grabbed a one-game lead over Seattle for first place in the AL West. The lost to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Zito (11-11) yielded two runs on just four hits, while striking out three and walking two. It was just the third win in nine decisions for last year's AL Cy Young Award winner.

homered for the , who have dropped four straight and 12 of their last 16 games.

(5-7) was dealt the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in just 4 2/3 innings. The 1996 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out five and walked four in the setback.

The took a lead with a run in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to take a 4-1 advantage.

A single and two walks loaded the bases for Oakland in the fourth and drew another bases on balls to force a run in and make it 2-1.

Tejada's second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the fifth, staked Zito and the to a three-run cushion.

grounded into a double play to get home in the sixth and Chavez led off the seventh with a homer to give Oakland a 6-1 advantage.

Tejada got the on the board in the second when he belted a home run to lead off the frame.

Zito faced the minimum through the first three innings and retired to start the fourth. However, Cruz stepped to the plate and drilled a solo homer into the left-field seats to even the score.

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