Athletics 7, Diamondbacks 2

The Athletics traded for Scott Sizemore because they needed help

at third base and he has a nice on-base percentage. Any power

hitting was purely a bonus.

Conor Jackson and Sizemore each hit a two-run homer and newly

chosen All-Star Gio Gonzalez struck out seven to lead Oakland past

the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 Sunday.

David DeJesus also drove in two runs for the A’s, who won for

the fourth time in 11 games since a six-game winning streak ended.

Jemile Weeks drove in a run and Sizemore had three hits.

”I’m not going to hit a lot of home runs but it’s nice to hit

one,” Sizemore said. ”He left a change up and I saw it well out

of his hand and hit it pretty well.”

Jackson and Sizemore connected in the sixth, the first time the

A’s have hit two home runs in an inning all season. It was

Sizemore’s second homer this year.

”He’s a good on-base guy and hits the ball the other way,” A’s

manager Bob Melvin said. ”He’s gained a lot of confidence and has

become an everyday third baseman. He’s been a productive

player.”

Xavier Nady and Sean Burroughs drove in runs for the

Diamondbacks, who lost their third consecutive series and have lost

four of their last five games.

”We had a lot of chances but we were unable to take

advantage,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ”Gio is pretty

good and you have to give him credit. He knows how to pitch. He has

electric stuff.”

Gonzalez (8-5) allowed a run and walked three in seven innings.

He is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last four starts.

Earlier in the day, the AL All-Star roster was announced and he

was included.

”I didn’t want to get over excited,” Gonzalez said. ”It’s

always been a secret goal for myself. I just want to enjoy the

moment and move forward to get myself ready for my next

start.”

Gonzalez is now third in the AL with a 2.31 ERA after throwing a

career-high 119 pitches.

”There was a lot more going through his head,” Melvin said.

”You want him to focus and not have any more distractions. He’s a

fun-loving kid who likes to smell the roses. His leadership comes

when he takes the ball because we feel we have a good chance to win

with him.”

Ian Kennedy (8-3) lasted 5 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs on

a season-high 10 hits. He walked two and struck out six.

”The command wasn’t the same,” Kennedy said. ”I wasn’t

executing the same as I was in the first couple innings. It was me

not throwing enough strikes.”

Kennedy lost for the second time since April 13 and for the

first time on the road. He extended his streak of consecutive games

with at least 100 pitches to 15, matching the longest active streak

in the NL with Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay.

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Chris Young

doubled to open the inning and Nady singled him home two outs

later.

The A’s responded in their half of the fourth. Coco Crisp, who

has an eight-game hitting streak, and Hideki Matsui led off with

singles. Two outs later, DeJesus delivered a two-run double, his

first RBIs since May 31, a span of 23 games.

Arizona loaded the bases with no outs against Michael Wuertz in

the eighth. All-Star Justin Upton doubled leading off and both

Chris Young and Stephen Drew walked.

Joey Devine relieved Wuertz and got the next two hitters before

Burroughs’ pinch-hit single drove in Upton. Matsui’s throw from

left field got Young, who did not slide, at the plate. It was

Matsui’s first outfield assist since May 23, 2008, against

Seattle.

NOTES: A’s RHP Brandon McCarthy was activated from the 15-day

disabled list and will start Monday. The A’s optioned LHP Josh

Outman to Triple-A Sacramento to make room. ”It was not

performance-based,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”It was a

numbers thing.” … Upton has Gibson’s blessing if he wants to

participate in the All-Star home run derby. ”If he wants to do it

and he’s asked, I have no problem with it,” Gibson said. …

Gametime temperature was 83 degrees, the season’s hottest day in

Oakland. … A’s OF Josh Willingham (strained left Achilles’

tendon) had a setback following two rehab games and is day-to-day.

”It stiffened up on him,” Melvin said. … Oakland RHPs Grant

Balfour (strained right oblique) and Tyson Ross (strained left

oblique) threw off the bullpen mound before the game.