OAKLAND, CA - The Athletics scored all of their runs in the first inning and rode another strong effort from Brandon McCarthy to a 3-0 win over the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game interleague series Tuesday.
McCarthy (6-3) allowed just two hits over seven innings and earned up his sixth straight winning decision. He struck out five and walked one.
Two runs scored after a Seth Smith single in the first and he later came home on Jonny Gomes' base hit, as the A's won for the sixth time in seven games.
Aaron Harang (5-4) walked a career-high eight batters and threw 105 pitches before exiting after only 3 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits and three runs while striking out six.
Andre Ethier and Tony Gwynn had the only hits for the Dodgers, who took two of three from the White Sox over the weekend.