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Five-run 12th inning powers A's past Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- Four home runs and a baserunning gaffe by the Baltimore Orioles enabled the Oakland Athletics to take a wealth of momentum into their showdown with the Los Angeles Angels.

Nick Swisher and Mark Ellis homered off Jorge Julio in a five-run 12th inning, and the Athletics completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 10-5 victory Monday.

Jay Payton and Dan Johnson also homered for the A's, whose sixth straight win extended their lead in the AL West to one full game over the idle Angels. The teams begin a three-game series Tuesday night in Anaheim.

"We battled to get in this spot, and we've got to feel proud about what we've accomplished," Swisher said. "We just want to keep it going right now; we just need to keep riding that wave."

Oakland scored all its run on homers. Payton hit a two-run shot in the first inning and Johnson connected with two on in the sixth. The A's have 18 home runs in their last six games.

Kiko Calero (3-1) worked two perfect innings to seal Oakland's first four-game sweep in Baltimore since the A's moved from Kansas City in 1968.

The Orioles had a chance to break a 5-all tie in the eighth, putting runners at the corners with no outs against Justin Duchscherer, but pinch-runner Luis Matos held at third base when Sal Fasano hit into a double play. Brian Roberts followed with a groundout.

The A's were amazed that Matos didn't break for home as soon as Fasano's grounder headed toward shortstop.

"We felt like we were playing with house money when they failed to run home on that ball," third baseman Eric Chavez said. "That was definitely miscommunication on their part. We got lucky, they had a brain cramp on that play."

Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo, who spent 14 years as a third base coach, was quick to acknowledge that Matos should have been running on the play.

"That's normally an automatic situation that you go, and obviously we didn't, so I guess that comes back to me," he said. "In that situation, you pretty much want to stay out of the double play no matter where the ball is hit."

Third base coach Rick Dempsey, who moved from first base shortly after Perlozzo took over for Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4, took the blame.

"It was bad judgment on my part," Dempsey said. "It wasn't (Matos') fault at all. It was 100 percent my fault. He did exactly what I told him to do. I have to live with that."

Said Matos: "The third base coach tells you to stay, you stay. I don't want to look like a bad runner."

Oakland finally took advantage of the mistake in the 12th.

Johnson led off by reaching third base when Eric Byrnes dropped his liner to left, and Swisher followed by hitting a 2-2 pitch from Julio (3-4) over the right-field wall. Marco Scutaro and Jason Kendall both singled before Ellis hit his eighth homer, the fifth in six games.

Three outs later, the A's turned their attention toward the Angels.

"I think it will be fun, two top teams," manager Ken Macha said. "This is where the fun begins."

Jay Gibbons homered and Melvin Mora had two RBI for the Orioles, who have lost nine of 10. After losing two of three to the Angels, Baltimore concluded a 1-6 homestand by being outscored 36-12 in four games against Oakland.

"That was a tough loss," Perlozzo said. "There are two things left to do: You can walk away from here with your tail between your legs, or you can pick it up and go after them tomorrow. We're going to choose to pick it up and go get 'em."

Down 2-0, Baltimore took its first lead of the series with a three-run fifth. After Fasano drew a one-out walk and took third on a single by Roberts, Mora hit a two-run double to left and Javy Lopez chased Oakland starter Kirk Saarloos with a two-out RBI single.

Saarloos, who was bidding to win his fifth straight decision, allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

The A's regained the lead in the sixth. Orioles starter Erik Bedard retired 14 straight batters before Scott Hatteberg hit a two-out single and Bobby Kielty walked. Johnson hit Bedard's next pitch into the right-field bleachers, extending his run of games with at least one RBI to eight.

Gibbons hit his 18th homer in the bottom half, and Baltimore made it 5-all in the seventh when Lopez drew a two-out walk and scored on B.J. Surhoff's double.

Notes

  • Oakland won the season series 7-4.
  • It was the second time in nine games that Baltimore scored at least five runs.
  • Oakland has scored first in six straight games and outscored the opposition 22-0 over the first three innings during its winning streak.
 
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Oakland's Nick Swisher smacks a go-ahead home run off Jorge Julio during the 12th-inning onslaught. (AP)
Oakland's Nick Swisher smacks a go-ahead home run off Jorge Julio during the 12th-inning onslaught. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Johnson
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

M. Ellis
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C6110012 .260
Mark Ellis, 2B5113122 .305
Eric Chavez, 3B5100131 .278
Jay Payton, CF6112010 .279
Scott Hatteberg, DH5110110 .269
Bobby Kielty, LF4100111 .262
Dan Johnson, 1B5223000 .307
Nick Swisher, RF5122010 .248
Marco Scutaro, SS5110022 .247
Totals46109104128 
Batting
HR - Mark Ellis (8, Julio), Jay Payton (17, Bedard), Dan Johnson (12, Bedard), Nick Swisher (17, Julio)
RBI - Mark Ellis 3 (40), Jay Payton 2 (56), Dan Johnson 3 (43), Nick Swisher 2 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Payton 2 (20), Dan Johnson 3 (14)
SB - Marco Scutaro (4, 2nd base off Julio/Fasano)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Kendall-Ellis, Scutaro-Johnson
E - Justin Duchscherer (2, Wild throw)
Oakland Athletics
Kirk Saarloos 4.2533430 3.98
Ricardo Rincon 0.2111101 5.10
Jay Witasick (BS,2) 1.1111110 2.79
Justin Duchscherer 2200010 1.77
Huston Street 1.1000100 1.25
Kiko Calero (W,3-1) 2000010 3.61
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Saarloos 89-52, Ricardo Rincon 10-4, Jay Witasick 17-10, Justin Duchscherer 25-20, Huston Street 18-11, Kiko Calero 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Saarloos 7-3, Ricardo Rincon 1-1, Jay Witasick 2-1, Justin Duchscherer 3-2, Huston Street 2-2
Batters Faced - Kirk Saarloos 22, Ricardo Rincon 4, Jay Witasick 6, Justin Duchscherer 8, Huston Street 5, Kiko Calero 6
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5110102 .311
Melvin Mora, 3B5112113 .281
Miguel Tejada, SS6000035 .311
Javy Lopez, DH5121110 .291
B.J. Surhoff, LF4011001 .262
    Eric Byrnes, PR-LF1000100 .246
Jay Gibbons, RF-1B6121003 .259
Alejandro Freire, 1B3020101 .333
    Luis Matos, PR-CF1000000 .294
David Newhan, CF-RF2000100 .209
Sal Fasano, C4100114 .248
Totals425957619 
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (24, Saarloos), B.J. Surhoff (10, Witasick), Alejandro Freire (2, Duchscherer)
HR - Jay Gibbons (18, Rincon)
SH - David Newhan 2 (4)
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (62), Javy Lopez (37), B.J. Surhoff (25), Jay Gibbons (56)
2-OUT RBI - Javy Lopez (16), B.J. Surhoff (7)
CS - Melvin Mora (4, 2nd base by Saarloos/Kendall)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Eric Byrnes (6, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard 6555362 3.42
Chris Ray 1000120 2.51
Todd Williams 1000000 3.48
B.J. Ryan 2000030 2.67
Jorge Julio (L,3-4) 1454002 5.55
Steve Kline 1000010 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 111-70, Chris Ray 19-11, Todd Williams 9-5, B.J. Ryan 31-22, Jorge Julio 26-17, Steve Kline 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 4-8, Todd Williams 3-0, B.J. Ryan 3-0, Jorge Julio 1-3
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 26, Chris Ray 4, Todd Williams 3, B.J. Ryan 6, Jorge Julio 8, Steve Kline 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18287
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jerry Crawford