Josh Willingham's two-run homer in the first 0, in the second meeting of a four-game series.

Harden (4-2) struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and four walks for Oakland, which has won three of four overall. Grant Balfour and Andrew Bailey each hurled an inning of relief to finish off the shutout.

Willingham's homer was the only blemish for Brett Cecil (4-6), who otherwise allowed three hits and five walks over seven frames.