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Swisher's two home runs help A's snap Orioles' winning streak

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BALTIMORE -- The Oakland Athletics scored more runs than in 16 of their first 18 games, and they needed every one of them to end the Baltimore Orioles' four-game winning streak.

Nick Swisher hit two home runs, including a drive that sparked a five-run fourth inning against Erik Bedard, and the A's survived a late comeback bid to escape with a 6-5 victory Monday night.

Oakland let a five-run cushion shrink to 5-4 before Swisher connected against Danys Baez in ninth inning. The solo shot proved pivotal, because the Orioles nearly won it against A's closer Huston Street in the bottom half.

Jay Payton led off Baltimore's ninth with a walk and took third on a double by Corey Patterson. After Chris Gomez struck out, Brian Roberts bounced a single up the middle. Payton scored, but Patterson had to hold at third after initially stepping back toward second base.

"If the ball is fairly close to the pitcher, your first reaction is to freeze or get back," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Melvin Mora then inexplicably bunted, and was thrown out at first while Patterson watched from third.

"There wasn't any sign on," Perlozzo said. "I'm sure he felt like the third baseman was deep and that he could get a ball down there and load the bases."

Mora left the clubhouse before talking to reporters.

Although Mora made the second out, the Orioles still runners at second and third. After Nick Markakis received an intentional walk, however, Street earned his fifth save by getting Miguel Tejada to ground out.

"Huston had to come in and face their best hitters, and did the job," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It worked out really good for us tonight. It was a big win for us."

Swisher played a big part in it. It was his seventh career two-homer game, and the third time he homered from both sides of the plate. The two home runs doubled his season total.

"The biggest thing for me is feeling comfortable, and I haven't felt comfortable in any situation," Swisher said. "I've been scuffling, and the only thing I know how to do when I'm not feeling good is to keep hitting until something feels right."

Oakland's Dan Haren (2-2) allowed one run, five hits and a walk over seven innings to lower his ERA to an AL-best 1.41. It was the sixth time in seven games that an A's starter yielded one run or less, and the 17th consecutive game in which Oakland starters permitted no more than three runs.

Haren left with a 5-1 lead, and the A's held on after Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer off Alan Embree in the eighth.

"A big hit by Huff got them right back in the game, (but) what Swisher did there in the ninth, just a quick run for us, was huge," Geren said.

Haren had received a total of five runs of support in his previous four starts, but offense wasn't an issue in this one. Fortunately for Haren and the A's, Baltimore's comeback bid fell short.

Roberts hit his first homer for the Orioles, who had won eight of nine. The sixth-inning drive was Baltimore's lone run against Haren.

Bedard (3-2) retired the first nine batters before giving up five hits and a walk in the fourth. Shannon Stewart led off with a single and Swisher followed with a no-doubt shot to left. Mike Piazza hit a one-out single and Bobby Crosby doubled before Mark Ellis hit a run-scoring grounder.

After Todd Walker drew a walk, Bedard threw a wild pitch that let in a run and moved Walker to second. Jason Kendall capped the uprising with an RBI single.

Bedard gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Although he has more than a quarter of Baltimore's 11 wins, the left-hander also has an unsightly 6.11 ERA.

Before the game, Oakland placed right-hander Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and put center fielder Milton Bradley on the DL with a strained hamstring.

Danny Putnam was recalled from Double-A Midland and made his major league debut, batting ninth and playing right field. He went 1-for-4; his first hit was a fifth-inning single off Bedard.

Notes

  • Orioles reliever Scott Williamson faced one batter before leaving with tightness in his right triceps tendon.
  • Oakland is 7-1 when scoring more than three runs.
  • LHP Dallas Braden was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and will start in his major league debut Tuesday.
  • Baltimore's Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Oakland has won 12 of its last 14 at Camden Yards.
 
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Nick Swisher hits home runs from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career.  (AP)
Nick Swisher hits home runs from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

N. Swisher
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Oakland

D. Haren
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 

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Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF3110200 .230
Nick Swisher, CF5223013 .254
Eric Chavez, 3B5010022 .269
Mike Piazza, DH5120011 .267
Bobby Crosby, SS4110023 .237
Mark Ellis, 2B3001120 .241
Todd Walker, 1B2110210 .237
Jason Kendall, C4021001 .191
Danny Putnam, RF4010024 .250
Totals356115511  
Batting
2B - Bobby Crosby (4, Bedard)
HR - Nick Swisher 2 (4, Bedard, Baez)
RBI - Nick Swisher 3 (9), Mark Ellis (13), Jason Kendall (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kendall (3)
CS - Jason Kendall (1, 2nd base by Bedard/Bako)
Team LOB - 7
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (W,2-2) 7511151 1.41
Kiko Calero 0.2222020 6.75
Alan Embree (H,5) 0.1111011 2.79
Huston Street (S,5) 1211210 3.27
IBB - Markakis by Huston Street
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 98-63, Kiko Calero 20-12, Alan Embree 6-5, Huston Street 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 8-8, Huston Street 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 27, Kiko Calero 4, Alan Embree 2, Huston Street 7
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5232010 .239
Melvin Mora, 3B5000012 .241
Nick Markakis, RF4110110 .282
Miguel Tejada, SS5010025 .329
Aubrey Huff, 1B4123001 .222
Jay Gibbons, DH3000001 .220
   a- Kevin Millar, PH-DH1000010 .268
Jay Payton, LF3110101 .500
Corey Patterson, CF3020100 .278
Paul Bako, C3000023 .200
   b- Chris Gomez, PH1000012 .304
Totals37510539  
a-struck out for Gibbons in the 8th
b-struck out for Bako in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Patterson (4, Street)
HR - Brian Roberts (1, Haren), Aubrey Huff (2, Embree)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (5), Aubrey Huff 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff 3 (8)
SB - Corey Patterson (3, 2nd base off Haren/Kendall)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Huff, Mora-B. Roberts-Huff
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (L,3-2) 4.2755261 6.11
Scott Williamson 0.1000010 1.80
Brian Burres 3300340 2.16
Danys Baez 1111001 3.72
WP - Erik Bedard (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 95-57, Scott Williamson 4-3, Brian Burres 52-29, Danys Baez 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 2-5, Brian Burres 3-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 22, Scott Williamson 1, Brian Burres 13, Danys Baez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13862
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Bill Miller