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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brandon McCarthy showed no signs of an ailing shoulder in seven impressive innings, winning his third straight start and sixth consecutive decision to lead the Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Seth Smith and Jonny Gomes each hit RBI singles, and Coco Crisp reached four times and stole three bases as the A's beat the NL West-leading club that began the day with baseball's best record.
McCarthy (6-3) outpitched former A's starter Aaron Harang (5-4), who couldn't overcome a career-high eight walks and his 40-pitch first inning. Harang, traded by Texas to the A's in November 2000, made his major league debut in the Oakland Coliseum on May 25, 2002.
On Tuesday, he looked far from the same pitcher who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out 10 that day.
McCarthy -- Oakland's opening day starter -- pitched for the first time since June 7 after he was scratched from his scheduled start last Wednesday at Colorado because of a sore shoulder. He was his usual dominant self, allowing only one runner past first when Andre Ethier advanced on Bobby Abreu's fourth-inning groundout.
McCarthy allowed two hits, struck out five and walked only one in a strong 81-pitch outing that featured 56 pitches for strikes.
While these teams met for just the 23rd time in regular-season history, they faced off in two memorable World Series matchups -- Oakland's 1974 championship in five games and the Dodgers' title in 88 also in five games. The A's are 10-2 in the series at home.
Harang was done after 3 2-3 innings for his shortest outing since 2010 while with Cincinnati. He allowed three runs on three hits and struck out six while throwing a whopping 105 pitches.
This is hardly how the Dodgers hoped to begin their first Bay Area trip of the season -- they return to play the division rival Giants in San Francisco next week.
"This is a team anybody in Northern California doesn't particularly care for," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
The A's staked McCarthy to an early lead on Smith's first-inning RBI single that took a big bounce over center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr.'s glove for a two-base error that allowed a second run to score. Gomes singled three batters later.
When Harang reached 40 pitches in the first, he yelled into his glove as he walked off the mound already trailing 3-0. Those would be all the runs Oakland needed.
Grant Balfour pitched the eighth, and Ryan Cook finished the two-hit shutout -- Oakland's seventh -- for his fourth save in five chances. The Dodgers were blanked for the third time.
Crisp walked in each of his first three plate appearances and singled in the sixth. He stole his 11th and 12th bases in the fourth and No. 13 in the sixth, extending his streak to 36 straight successful attempts. It's an Athletics franchise record since caught stealing became an official stat in 1920.
NOTES: A's RHP reliever Andrew Carignan underwent Tommy John right elbow ligament reconstructive surgery Tuesday in New York, performed by Mets Dr. David Altchek. ... Oakland RHP starter Bartolo Colon, who left his Sunday start against the Padres with a strained right oblique muscle, will be placed on the disabled list once the A's figure out their corresponding roster move. "Those oblique injuries can be pretty difficult," Melvin said. ... The A's flip-flopped their starters for later this week: LHP Travis Blackley on Thursday and RHP Jarrod Parker on Friday vs. the Giants to give him an extra day. ... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't decided on his DH for the next two games. ... Mattingly remains hopeful 2B Mark Ellis (left leg surgery) and CF Matt Kemp (strained left hamstring) will be back right after the All-Star break, while LHP Ted Lilly is getting close to throwing again as he recovers from shoulder inflammation. ... Mattingly said he'll discuss with Kemp -- the NL's leader in votes -- whether he plays in the All-Star game next month. The manager is fine with it as long as his star player is fully healthy. ... The A's signed supplemental draft picks SS Daniel Robertson and 1B Matt Olson. ... A's reliever Jordan Norberto, on the DL with a strained left shoulder, struck out two in a scoreless inning with Triple-A Sacramento. ... Tommy Milone (6-5) tries to end the only losing streak of his career by winning for the first time in five starts Wednesday night, when the Dodgers counter with Nathan Eovaldi (0-2).
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