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Diamondbacks plow over A’s 7-1

The Associated Press
Tuesday March 26, 2002

PHOENIX — Luis Gonzalez hit his major league-leading eighth home run as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 Monday. 

Brian Anderson pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two, to gain the victory. Tony Womack had three hits and Mark Grace had two as the World Series champion Diamondbacks improved to a major league best 21-8. 

Jose Guillen drove home a run in the first, and Junior Spivey scored on an error. 

The A’s had a chance to take the lead in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out. Mark Holzemer induced Miguel Tejada to ground into a double play. 

Jeremy Giambi hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Oakland, which has lost four of five. 

A’s starter Cory Lidle lasted 6 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. Reliever Mike Holtz allowed four runs and five hits in one-third of an inning, including Gonzalez’s two-run homer. 

Eric Chavez had three hits, including a pair of doubles, for Oakland. 

Chris Donnells also drove in a run for Arizona.