Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/10/12

PHOENIX -- Jason Kubel continued his weekend assault on Oakland pitching, and Joe Saunders posted his 13th career victory against the A's as the Diamondbacks completed a three-game series sweep with a 4-3 victory over the A's at Chase Field on Sunday.

Kubel had a single and two RBIs Sunday and was 6-for-13 with seven RBIs in the series. He was credited with an RBI in a three-run first inning when the A's botched a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, and he singled in a run in the sixth as the D-backs extended their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Saunders gave up seven hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings while improving to 13-4 in 19 career starts against Oakland, most of them coming when he was with the Los Angeles Angels in the NL West. Saunders has won five of his last seven starts against the A's while giving up 13 earned runs in his last 48 innings, a 2.44 ERA. J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Oakland leadoff man Jemile Weeks and Josh Donaldson had two hits apiece, and Jonny Gomes and Brandon Inge had doubles in the A's two-run fourth inning. Inge doubled in Gomes before Inge scored on Donaldson's single to left, although D-backs catcher Henry Blanco was given an error on the play when the ball squirted out of his glove as he applied the tag to Inge.

Pinch-hitter Seth Smith singled in Collin Cowgill in the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 4-3.

The A's (26-35) lost their third straight and dropped nine games under .500 for the first time this season. They are 4-14 since winning the first game of a series against the Los Angeles Angels on May 21 and have lost five of their last six series.

The D-backs (30-30) reached .500 for the first time in five weeks, since they fell to 14-14 to start a five-game losing streak May 5. The D-backs have won seven of their last eight games, and 10 of their last 14.

The A's threatened in the first inning when leadoff man Weeks doubled and Cowgill beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners. Saunders got a popup and two short fly balls to get out of it.

Chris Young and Justin Upton singled and Paul Goldschmidt walked to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first for Arizona off Travis Blackley, who got Kubel to hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double play grounder to second base.

Shortstop Cliff Pennington mishandled the throw from second baseman Weeks, however, enabling a run to score and keep the bases loaded. Aaron Hill hit the next pitch for a two-run single to left field and a 3-0 lead.

Blackley (0-2) was hit on the left hip by a Ryan Roberts line drive with one out in the second but stayed in after taking a few warmup pitches. He gave up three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, leaving when Kubel singled in Young in the fifth.

NOTES: Umpires reviewed a long fly ball hit down the left field line by Aaron Hill in the ninth inning, confirming the original foul call after D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asked them to take a second look. ... Yoenis Cespedes (left hamstring) was available to pinch hit Sunday, manager Bob Melvin said, but was not used. With an off day Monday, Melvin indicated that Cespedes could be ready to play the field in Colorado on Tuesday, although he cautioned that the thin air in Colorado can make recovery from an injury more problematic. Cespedes has hit safely in his last six plate appearances. The A's are 19-16 when he plays and 7-19 when he does not. ... Melvin's ejection for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning Saturday was the 23rd of his career. He had 13 of them in his four-plus seasons in Arizona. ... The D-backs have won four of the five interleague series between the A's over the last 10 years, going 11-4. ... D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy left the clubhouse at noon Sunday to be with his wife, Allison, in anticipation of the birth of their second child. Allison is due to give birth Wednesday, and Kennedy is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday in the first game of a three-game series in Texas. If Kennedy is unable to pitch Tuesday, the D-backs could use left-hander Wade Miley on regular rest because of Monday's off day. ... Left-hander Evan Scribner became the 39th player and 14th rookie to play for the A's this season when he replaced Blackley in the fifth. The 14 rookies is a major league high this year.

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