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Jason Hammel pitches gem, leads Rockies to 4-2 victory in Oakland.

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For the first six innings, Matt Holliday was the only Oakland hitter who could figure out Jason Hammel. Holliday hit two doubles off Hammel, but the rest of Oakland's offense went without a hit until Kurt Suzuki lined a solo homerun with two outs in the seventh inning as Hammel shut down the A's and the Rockies won 4-2.Hammel finished with seven and a third innings pitched, two runs and four hits allowed, two walks and five strikeouts.

The A's second run came when they tried to rally off Hammel and relievers Randy Flores and Joel Peralta, but after Peralta walked Jason Giambi with the bases loaded to score Jack Hannahan, he induced Suzuki to pop out to end the threat. Former Athletic Huston Street came on in the ninth to record his 17th save of the season.

Garrett Atkins led the offense with two runs batted in and had his second straight three hit performance on the road trip. Atkins doubled home Ryan Spilborghs in the first inning after Spilborghs reached thanks to a Hannahan throwing error and followed a Todd Helton two run single in the fifth inning with a run scoring single of his own to again drive Spilborghs home.

The Rockies improve to 38-35 overall with the win and 2-2 on their current nine game road trip. 

 

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