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Orioles hold off late charge to snap A's home win streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Miguel Tejada forgot how many outs there were in one inning and closer Chris Ray committed a throwing error in the ninth. Both players overcame their miscues to help Baltimore get a tough road win.

Tejada and Chris Gomez drove in two runs apiece and Ray limited the damage to lead the Orioles over Oakland 6-5 Saturday, snapping the Athletics' 10-game home winning streak.

After Frank Thomas -- who hit a three-run homer in the sixth -- lined out to left in the eighth, Tejada began jogging off the field. At least six other Orioles joined him, many getting to the foul line before realizing there were just two outs.

"I would say that was a group vapor lock," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I just slid my hat down over my face. I've never seen that many people run off the field at once."

Mark Ellis led off the ninth by grounding back to Ray, who promptly threw the ball away at first, allowing Ellis to reach second.

"I was mad for the moment but I realized that run didn't really matter and I wanted to concentrate on the next three hitters," Ray said.

Ellis moved to third on a groundout and scored on pinch-hitter Dan Johnson's sacrifice fly. Jason Kendall singled to center, but Ray struck out Nick Swisher for his 31st save in 34 chances.

Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis also drove in runs for the Orioles. Adam Loewen improved to 3-0 in his last four starts.

"The offense has been doing a good job all season and it's up to the pitchers to hold down the other team," Loewen said. "We've been doing a better job of that lately."

Thomas hit his 30th homer of the season, but the A's lost for the first time at home since Aug. 8. They've still won 10 of 13 overall and are 25-7 since taking over first place in the AL West on July 29.

"When you have some firepower in the lineup one swing of the bat can get you back in the game," A's manager Ken Macha said. "That's what Frank did. He's been impressive. He's meant a lot to our club. He's probably our MVP."

Loewen (5-4) took a one-hit shutout into the sixth. He wound up allowing two hits and three runs in five-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

"It was difficult to come out of the game when I knew I was letting things get out of hand," Loewen said.

Loewen retired 13 straight after Mark Kotsay singled with one out in the first.

Dan Haren (12-11) lost his second straight start after winning his previous six. He matched his season low with five innings, allowing five runs and six hits. He struck out three and walked one.

"The early innings have given me trouble," Haren said. "I don't know if it's a focus thing, or something physical or mental. I'm going to take a look at it."

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first. Roberts reached base safely on Marco Scutaro's fielding error and scored when Gomez doubled. Tejada singled home Gomez.

Gomez and Tejada also drove in runs in the third, and Markakis hit an RBI double in the fifth to make it 5-0.

"I just try to do my work in batting practice and in the cage," Gomez said. "The mental part is the biggest thing and you just want to be prepared. It's nice to get a game against a good team."

Loewen walked Kendall and Swisher to open the sixth and gave up a broken-bat RBI single to Milton Bradley. Julio Manon came in to face Thomas, who drilled a 3-2 pitch halfway up the staircase beyond the left-field fence to get the A's within 5-4.

Thomas reached 30 home runs for the ninth time in his career and the first since hitting 47 in 2003.

The Orioles added a run in the seventh. Scott Sauerbeck hit Danny Ardoin to lead off the inning. After Jeff Fiorentino sacrificed Ardoin to second, Roberts tripled off the glove of Jay Payton, who appeared to lose sight of the drive.

Notes

  • Plate umpire Marvin Hudson left the game after three innings when he sustained a blow to the head on a backswing by A's SS Marco Scutaro.
  • A's 3B Eric Chavez missed his second game with a moderate sprain on the inside of his right ankle.
  • Orioles C Ramon Hernandez missed his third game with a strained ribcage.
  • Gomez doubled twice in the same game for the first time since Aug. 16, 2002, against the Kansas City Royals.
  • Kotsay left the game after three innings with tightness in his back.
  • Haren is now 6-2 in nine starts against the AL East.
 
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Brian Roberts (R) scores twice in addition to an RBI. Nick Markakis lets him know that he's done well.  (AP)
Brian Roberts (R) scores twice in addition to an RBI. Nick Markakis lets him know that he's done well. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

F. Thomas
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Baltimore

C. Gomez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5221001
Chris Gomez, 1B5222001
Nick Markakis, RF4021002
Miguel Tejada, SS4012001
Jay Gibbons, DH4000002
Fernando Tatis, 3B4010020
David Newhan, CF3000100
Danny Ardoin, C3100022
Jeff Fiorentino, LF1100100
   a- Kevin Millar, PH1000000
    Brandon Fahey, LF0000000
Totals34686249 
a-grounded out for Fiorentino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Gomez 2 (, Haren, Haren), Nick Markakis (, Haren), Fernando Tatis (, Gaudin)
3B - Brian Roberts (, Sauerbeck)
SH - Jeff Fiorentino ()
RBI - Brian Roberts (), Chris Gomez 2 (), Nick Markakis (), Miguel Tejada 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis ()
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gomez-Tejada
E - Chris Ray (, )
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Loewen (W,-) 5233470
Julio Manon (H,) 1211001
James Hoey (H,) 1100010
LaTroy Hawkins (H,) 0.2100000
Chris Ray (S,) 1.1110010
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Loewen 101-52, Julio Manon 21-13, James Hoey 13-10, LaTroy Hawkins 11-10, Chris Ray 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Loewen 2-6, Julio Manon 1-2, James Hoey 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Chris Ray 3-1
Batters Faced - Adam Loewen 21, Julio Manon 5, James Hoey 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Chris Ray 6
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C4110111
Mark Kotsay, 1B1010000
    Nick Swisher, 1B3100112
Milton Bradley, RF4111011
Frank Thomas, DH4113011
Jay Payton, CF4010010
Bobby Kielty, LF4010001
Mark Ellis, 2B3100111
Marco Scutaro, SS3000112
Antonio Perez, 3B3010022
   a- Dan Johnson, PH0001000
Totals335754911 
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Perez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jay Payton (, Hawkins)
HR - Frank Thomas (, Manon)
SF - Dan Johnson ()
RBI - Milton Bradley (), Frank Thomas 3 (), Dan Johnson ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Ellis-Kotsay
E - Marco Scutaro (, )
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (L,-) 5654130
Scott Sauerbeck 1.1111000
Chad Gaudin 1.2100110
Joe Kennedy 1000000
IBB - Newhan by Chad Gaudin
HBP - Ardoin (by Scott Sauerbeck)
WP - Dan Haren ()
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 85-56, Scott Sauerbeck 15-10, Chad Gaudin 22-15, Joe Kennedy 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 6-6, Scott Sauerbeck 3-1, Joe Kennedy 3-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 22, Scott Sauerbeck 6, Chad Gaudin 7, Joe Kennedy 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24383
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Mark Wegner