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Oakland at Baltimore

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Oakland (64-77) «0000210801171
Baltimore (63-77)001010000260

Athletics 11, Orioles 2

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BALTIMORE -- With plenty of help from Baltimore's wild pitchers, the Oakland Athletics scored more runs in one inning than in any of their previous 40 games.

The Athletics crossed the plate eight times in the eighth inning Friday night, and they did it with only one hit: a grand slam by Rajai Davis that sealed an 11-2 victory.

Three Baltimore pitchers issued six walks -- four with the bases loaded -- and hit a batter in the eighth before the fourth reliever, Randor Bierd, served up Davis' first career grand slam.

Davis had entered earlier in the eighth as a pinch runner for Jack Cust.

"To be honest with you, I've never seen an inning like that. Ever," said Orioles manager Dave Trembley, who earlier in the day was told he would return for the 2009 season.

The A's ended a four-game skid and extended Baltimore's season-high losing streak to seven games. The Orioles have lost 12 of 13.

The big inning enabled Oakland to avoid tying a franchise record for consecutive games without scoring more than six runs. The Philadelphia Athletics went 41 straight games without scoring more than a half-dozen runs from Sept. 23, 1915, to May 20, 1916, and the 1916 A's matched the mark from June 29-Aug. 8.

"It's a nice game for us with a nice big inning, which is something that we haven't had a lot of lately," Oakland manager Bob Geren said.

Six walks and a hit batter had a lot to do with it.

"We try to train our guys to very disciplined," Geren said. "When pitchers have trouble throwing it over, that can happen."

The Orioles also gave up a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. It was the first time a team has issued five bases-loaded walks in one game since the Chicago Cubs did it against San Francisco on Sept. 2, 2000.

The walkathon ruined what was an otherwise memorable day for Trembley. Not only did the Orioles exercise the club option for 2009, but they added another one for 2010.

In August 2007, after club president Andy MacPhail promoted Trembley from interim manager, Baltimore lost 30-3 to Texas. This time, the Orioles allowed 10 walks and yielded double figures in runs for the fifth time during their seven-game slide.

"I don't have any magic formula, I don't have any catch phrase, I don't have any quick fix," said Trembley, whose pitchers have surrendered 56 walks in the last seven games. "You have to be able to throw it over the plate. It's that simple."

One of the few pitches that found the strike zone in the wacky eighth inning was deposited into the left-field seats by Davis.

"I can't say that I have actually been in a game where that many guys (walked) in one inning," Davis said. "That was really pretty amazing, something I've never seen before."

Oakland's Jack Hannahan was mired in a 3-for-27 slump before getting a fifth-inning single. In the bottom half, the third baseman made an outstanding backhand catch of a foul pop, then flipped over the rail into the A's dugout.

Then, in the sixth, Hannahan drew a walk from Orioles newcomer Brian Bass to put Oakland ahead 3-2. Hannahan also received a bases-loaded walk from Brian Burres in the eighth.

Oakland starter Dallas Braden (5-3) allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, in five innings.

"I just kind of fatigued really early," Braden said. "Kind of weird."

The A's got three walks and two singles in the sixth but scored only one run. After center fielder Adam Jones threw out Emil Brown trying to score on a single, Orioles starter Chris Waters (2-2) issued a walk to load the bases and was pulled.

Trembley summoned Bass, obtained earlier in the day in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. In discussing the move, MacPhail said, "The attractive thing about Brian is that he throws strikes."

Bass promptly issued a four-pitch walk to Hannahan to force in a run. Two innings later, Bass walked a batter and hit one to get Oakland started on its eight-run outburst.

Notes

The latter part of the game was played in the rain. ... The Orioles played without hitting coach Terry Crowley, who served a one-game suspension for coming onto the field to argue a play in Wednesday's game at Boston. Baltimore also was without DH Aubrey Huff, whose wife gave birth to a boy on Thursday. ... Braden recorded Oakland's major league-leading 32nd pickoff.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

R. Davis
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

L. Montanez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Oakland Athletics
Ryan Sweeney, CF4011013 .287
Bobby Crosby, SS4101112 .244
Emil Brown, LF5010003 .247
Jack Cust, DH2100200 .227
    Rajai Davis, PR-DH1214000 .247
Kurt Suzuki, C4110002 .286
Daric Barton, 1B0200300 .224
   a- Mike Sweeney, PH-1B1010000 .286
Jack Hannahan, 3B3212202 .219
Aaron Cunningham, RF4111114 .286
Eric Patterson, 2B4102104 .204
Totals3211711103  
a-doubled for Barton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Sweeney (8, Bierd)
HR - Rajai Davis (3, Bierd)
SF - Ryan Sweeney (6)
RBI - Ryan Sweeney (41), Bobby Crosby (57), Rajai Davis 4 (15), Jack Hannahan 2 (42), Aaron Cunningham (3), Eric Patterson 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis 4 (11)
SB - Rajai Davis (26, 3rd base off Burres/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Dallas Braden (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden (W,5-3) 5421130 3.72
Jerry Blevins (H,4) 1.1100020 2.70
Joey Devine (H,7) 0.2000000 0.74
Keith Foulke 1000000 3.41
Brad Ziegler 1100110 0.55
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 67-45, Jerry Blevins 21-14, Joey Devine 8-5, Keith Foulke 8-7, Brad Ziegler 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 4-7, Jerry Blevins 1-1, Keith Foulke 1-2, Brad Ziegler 1-1
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 19, Jerry Blevins 5, Joey Devine 2, Keith Foulke 3, Brad Ziegler 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3011001 .297
   a- Brandon Fahey, PH-SS1000000 .239
Adam Jones, CF4000021 .273
Nick Markakis, RF3010110 .306
Ramon Hernandez, C3010011 .258
    Omir Santos, C1000001 .000
Kevin Millar, 1B4000012 .241
Luke Scott, DH4010000 .269
Oscar Salazar, 3B3100112 .179
Luis Montanez, LF3121000 .350
Juan Castro, SS2000002 .188
   b- Alex Cintron, PH-2B1000000 .268
Totals3226226  
a-flied out for B. Roberts in the 8th
b-lined out for Castro in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luke Scott (27, Ziegler), Luis Montanez (4, Braden)
RBI - Brian Roberts (53), Luis Montanez (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (21)
PK - Ramon Hernandez (1, Braden)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1
Baltimore Orioles
Chris Waters (L,2-2) 5.1533320 5.40
Brian Bass 1.2022200 5.01
Brian Burres0022200 6.23
Kam Mickolio 0.1033310 27.00
Randor Bierd 1.2211001 3.69
HBP - Barton (by Chris Waters), Suzuki (by Brian Bass)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Waters 88-51, Brian Bass 19-11, Brian Burres 9-1, Kam Mickolio 20-6, Randor Bierd 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Waters 11-2, Brian Bass 2-3, Randor Bierd 1-4
Batters Faced - Chris Waters 24, Brian Bass 8, Brian Burres 2, Kam Mickolio 4, Randor Bierd 7
Game Information
Attendance - 14984
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Kevin Causey, Third Base - Dana DeMuth