The Bulls hit four free throws down the stretch to close out the game

OAKLAND, Calif. Nike Air Max 90 Damen Schwarz . — As the night wore on, Canadian Rich Harden found himself reflecting on his old dominant days in Oakland. This was vintage Harden — against the club from his home country, too. The hard-throwing native of Victoria matched his career high with 11 strikeouts and didnt allow a hit until the fifth, Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer, and the Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Friday night. “That was fun,” Harden said, smiling. “That was close to how I felt back then. I hope to continue to build on that.” Harden quickly recovered from a shaky start and Willinghams drive in the first off Brett Cecil (4-6) held up as the As bounced back a day after being shut out 7-0 in the series opener. They won for just the third time in eight games. J.P. Arencibia singled to left with one out in the fifth for the first hit off Harden (4-2), who recorded his 11th career 10-strikeout game and first since Sept. 5, 2009, at the New York Mets. Aside from the first three batters, Harden looked much like the pitcher he was in 2008 during his first stint with the As. He went a combined 10-2 that year with a 2.07 earned-run average in 25 starts between Oakland and the Chicago Cubs. He dazzled with a nasty fastball-changeup combination and won consecutive decisions for the first time this season, and both came against the Blue Jays. He pitched seven strong innings at Toronto on Aug. 9. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista walked in the first, third and eighth innings to give him a majors-leading 102. He reached 100 in his 113th game, fewest by a Blue Jay. The last major leaguer to reach 100 walks in 115 games or fewer was former San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds in 2007, the year he broke Hank Aarons home run record. “A lot of guys are going to try to come after me no matter what, but theres times when I know when theyre trying to walk me,” Bautista said. “I dont think that was the case today. I take pride in going up to the plate and trying to hit balls hard but at the same time Im trying to swing at strikes, not balls.” Harden struck out 11 for the fourth time. He last did it on July 31, 2009, at Florida. Oakland (56-69) avoided falling to a season-worst 15 games below .500, where the club was Monday. The As are 3-5 on this 10-game homestand. “When hes on, hes as good as anybody well face,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “Hes been outstanding. You can take the yearlong stats and the record and set that aside.” Willingham hit his 21st homer with two out in the first and it was all Harden needed. Willinghams 71 RBIs match the As season high from last season done by Kevin Kouzmanoff and Kurt Suzuki. Harden looked to be headed for a rough night after committing a fielding error on the first play of the game only a day after the pitchers went through pre-game fielding drills. Then, Harden allowed back-to-back walks before striking out the side to leave the bases loaded. “Thats hard to do with the bases empty, let alone with them loaded,” Bautista said. Harden beat Toronto for only the second time over 10 career starts. Harden, who didnt pitch until July 1 after a stint on the 60-day disabled list, allowed two hits in seven innings and walked four in an impressive 115-pitch outing. “Kind of an ugly start,” Harden said. “I started feeling better with guys on base. That was an awful start and then everything just kind of clicked.” Grant Balfour pitched the eighth and Andrew Bailey finished the three-hitter for his 16th save in 18 opportunities. The Blue Jays had their streak of 12 straight games with a home run snapped. Cecil, who lost to Harden and the As in that Aug. 9 matchup but also won at Oakland on May 10 for his first major league victory, had his winless stretch reach four starts after three straight winning decisions. He walked a season-high five. Oakland tied the season series at 4-4 and is trying to avoid losing a fourth straight season series with the Blue Jays. NOTES: Carlos Delgado reached 100 walks in 130 games in 2000 for Toronto. … Jays RHP Joel Carreno slept in a Washington, D.C., airport Thursday after his flight was cancelled. He didnt want to risk not getting to Oakland and the big leagues. He was promoted from double-A New Hampshire on Thursday. … As RHP Michael Wuertz, on the DL since July 30 with right thumb tendinitis, is set to throw off the mound for the first time in his rehab sometime this weekend. … Toronto LHP Brian Tallet, who strained a chest muscle by sneezing, pitched for class-A Dunedin on Thursday and came out of it fine. Farrell expects him to go again Sunday in the minors. “He had a very clean inning, 11 pitches,” Farrell said. “Hes healthy.” … As LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-11) tries to snap a career-worst 0-5 streak over his last five starts. He is 1-6 with a 6.29 ERA since the all-star break. … Toronto RHP Henderson Alvarez goes Saturday for the Blue Jays looking for his first win in his third start. He made his big league debut against the As. Nike Air Max 95 Schuhe Herren . The end of this mess of a season for the Minnesota Twins still mattered to the veteran right-hander, who wanted no part of 100 losses. Nike Air Max 97 Schuhe Damen Weiß .cas James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) go head to head with their picks for this weekends UFC on FUEL TV 10 event. . On the fourth day, the Victoria native used a late move to grab the pink jersey back from the Spanish rider. Hesjedal caught everyone by surprise Saturday when he broke away from the peloton with just over a kilometre to go. Air Max + 2013 Schuhe Schwarz . The Heat played without NBA MVP LeBron James, who was out with “general soreness,” according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Josh Harrelsons 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining put the Heat ahead for good at 102-99. Nike Air Max 90 Herren Weiß . LOUIS — The NHL board of governors has approved the sale of the St.MILWAUKEE — Richard Hamilton and Carlos Boozer were back on the court during the fourth quarter, and it paid off for the Chicago Bulls. Hamilton scored a season-high 22 points, Boozer had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and the veterans helped the Bulls hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 93-86 to break a three-game losing streak. The win by the Bulls was the ninth straight over the Bucks and the fifth straight at the Bradley Center. The last time Milwaukee beat Chicago was on April 10, 2010, in Chicago. “It was nice to be out there and help this team get a win,” said Hamilton, who scored 18 in the first half. “It was a lot of fun out there tonight. It was a game we needed to win.” Boozer grabbed eight offensive rebounds to help the Bulls outrebound the Bucks 54-40. He had scored a total of 17 points in his last two games. “We hung in there tonight and really did a good job in the fourth quarter of getting some stops,” he said. “We were hustling tonight and that was the key to getting a lot of our second opportunities.” Boozer has not been on the court lately in the fourth quarter, but said that was OK with him. “I just go with the flow,” he said. “Its his (coach Tom Thibodeaus) show. He runs it.” Despite his teams recent success against the Bucks, Thibodeau said the matchups are always tough games. “When we play them, these games can go either way,” he said. “Theyre hard-fought and tough. Weve been fortunate to come out this way, but theyre really good.” For Milwaukee, the loss was the third straight after opening the season by winning six of its first eight games. The team also received a scare when star guard Brandon Jennings went down late in the game with an ankle injury. Afterward, Jennings said he rolled his ankle and sprained it, but it was not broken. He hopes to play Monday when the Bucks play the Bulls again in Chicago. “Its really sore,” he said as he looked down at the ice bag on hhis ankle. Air Max 2013 Schuhe Herren. “It is the same one I had surgery on so I was nervous. But I think everything will be OK.” Jennings led the Bucks with 23 points. He said he was getting frustrated with the fact that the Bucks cant beat the Bulls in recent meetings. “It seems to always come down to the last few possessions and we just cant get it done,” he said. “We have to turn that around on Monday.” The Bucks were just 3 of 17 from 3-point range. “It was kind of a grind-it-out game and when it really came time to grind it out, they did it to us,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “They got all the boards and pushed us around. They took it from us.” Monta Ellis added 17 points. Down six midway through the fourth quarter, the Bucks fought back and Ellis hit 16-foot jumper with 5:22 remaining to tie it at 81. Nate Robinson and Boozer scored to give the Bulls an 85-81 lead with 4:07 remaining. Larry Sanders dunked to cut the lead to two with 3:46 remaining. Luol Deng tipped in a missed shot, but Mike Dunleavy scored on a layup to cut the score to 87-85 with 1:56 remaining. Ellis missed an 11-foot jumper with 52 seconds remaining. But Boozer grabbed a missed layup by Joakim Noah and dunked the ball to give the Bulls an 89-85 lead with 29 seconds remaining. Jennings then lost the ball as he drove to the basket and it was grabbed by Noah. Jennings hurt his ankle on the play. The Bulls hit four free throws down the stretch to close out the game. Notes: Skiles inserted centre Joel Przybilla into the starting lineup for the first time this season. Przybilla, who had not played in seven of the Bucks first 10 games this season, replaced Samuel Dalembert. Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, who played for Marquette University, received a nice ovation when he entered the game in the second quarter. Butler scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds…The Bulls outscored the Bucks in second-chance points 25-5. ‘ ‘ ‘

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