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Sunday, May 24th (All times eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (19-24) at Oakland Athletics (15-25), 4:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Jon Garland (4-2, 4.72) Oakland - Josh Outman (1-0, 3.31)

(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks take aim at a fifth straight win today, as they conclude a three-game interleague set against the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

On Saturday, Stephen Drew and Mark Reynolds had two RBI each and knocked in Arizona's three runs in the 11th that allowed for a 8-7 win against Oakland.

Chad Tracy and Eric Byrnes knocked in two runs each in the eighth inning to tie the game at five while Justin Upton had three hits and two runs scored.

Drew ended 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk as Arizona extended its season-high win streak and triumphed for the sixth time in seven tries overall. Tony Pena (4-1) hurled a scoreless 10th frame to get the win.

The Diamondbacks now have a chance to win five consecutive games for the first time since posting an eight-game win streak from April 4-12, 2008.

"We'll go out and lay it out there do the same thing we have been doing this whole series, playing hard and not giving at-bats away," said Reynolds.

Dan Haren was touched for five runs on nine hits against his former team. The right-hander, who spent three seasons with the A's from 2005-07 and developed into an All-Star during that stretch, struck out seven without issuing a walk but was hurt by the longball, allowing four.

Jack Cust, Jason Giambi, Adam Kennedy and Nomar Garciaparra each homered for the A's, who got all of their runs in the first nine innings via the longball. Giambi's blast was his 400th career home run.

Edgar Gonzalez made his first start of 2009 against his former club and lasted five-plus frames, yielding just one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Oakland has lost three in a row and seven of nine overall.

"We just have to stop giving away games," said Giambi. "We just can't quite all seem to get on the same page. We either pitch really well and don't hit or we hit and we don't pitch. Hopefully we can turn it around before we bury ourselves."

Saddled with the chore of turning things around for the A's will be Josh Outman, who is coming off a terrific performance against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. In that game, the rookie left-hander tossed six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out six. He, however, didn't receive a decision in the team's 4-1 triumph.

Outman, who has never faced Arizona before, is 1-0 with a 4.30 ERA in three starts at home this season.

Countering for the Diamondbacks will be veteran Jon Garland. The right-hander has performed well on the road this season, notching a 2-0 mark with a 1.40 ERA in three starts. That includes a 5-3 win at the Florida Marlins on Tuesday, a game in which he allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits over six innings of work.

Garland, however, has struggled versus the A's in his career, going 4-11 with a 5.22 ERA in 17 starts.

Oakland and Arizona are meeting for the first time since the D-Backs won two of three matchups a year ago at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks have won seven of the last eight meetings with the A's, who are a solid 123-91 in interleague play. Arizona is 81-93 against the American League.

The D-Backs compiled a 6-9 interleague mark in 2008, while Oakland finished 10-8 against the Senior Circuit.

05/24 10:38:14 ET

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