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Oakland A's win 18 consecutive ball games

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Miguel Tejada stars as A's win 18th straight - Oakland A's

A late in-the-year surge propells the Oakland Athletics
Fast becoming a superstar, the 24-year Latinos shortstop is leading Oakland's resurgence

September 2, 2002 - - Hispanic Internet News

Miguel Tejada's dramatic three run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the streaking Oakland Athletics' to a team record 18 consecutive wins - major-league baseball's longest winning streak in 49 years.

The A's leading the AL West with a 86-51 record, scored a come-back 7-5 win over the AL Central division leading Minnesota Twins, who fell to 80-58.

Miguel Tejada, who's a noted defensive gem at his position, kissed his second yard-shot of the game in the 9th after Twins' ace closer Eddie Guardado walked catcher Ramon Hernandez and DH Ray Durham singled.

The Oakland A's cleanup hitter, Tejada, lined 3-hits in 5 at-bats in Sunday's game, scored twice and collected 5 RBIs.

Oakland tied the major's longest winning streak since 1953, when the New York Yanks also won 18 in-a-row.

The 5-ft, 9-inch, 188-pound shortstop from the Dominican Republic is hitting a solid .310 so far in 2002, now has 30 home runs, and is leading the majors with 115 RBIs.

'Every year, I take all my tapes (video) back home, and show them to my dad,' said the happy Miguel Tejada. 'This one might break. I'm going to watch it every day.'


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