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BALTIMORE -- Another comeback victory by the Baltimore Orioles was tempered by a sobering sight: Luke Scott hobbling across the clubhouse on crutches.
Scott hurt his left hamstring while, of all things, running out a home run. The seventh-inning drive put the Orioles ahead for good in a 9-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
The injury occurred while Scott was rounding first base, still uncertain if the ball he hit off Cedrick Bowers (0-1) would reach the seats.
"I think I kind of pulled my hamstring. When I hit the ball I knew I hit it good, but I hit it kind of high," Scott said. "I couldn't tell if it was going to go over."
He suspected the injury would probably land him on the 15-day disabled list.
"I am glad the ball went out," Scott said. "But this is frustrating."
The home run was one of five by Baltimore, tying a season high. It occurred immediately after Ty Wigginton hit the first homer by an Orioles first baseman this season, a two-run shot off Brad Ziegler that tied the game at 6.
Baltimore went 76 games without a homer from a first baseman, the fourth-longest streak to start a season in major league history.
"The curse is gone. That was his first reaction," Orioles manager Juan Samuel said of Wigginton.
It was Wigginton's 14th of the season, the first since May 22.
"I couldn't honestly remember the last time he even hit one," teammate Adam Jones said.
Jones, Corey Patterson and Miguel Tejada also homered for the Orioles, who have won five of six. In all five wins, Baltimore trailed by at least three runs.
"It's nice that we fought back and found a way to get back in the ball game," Wigginton said. "I think you're starting to see a lot of character on this team."
Baltimore trailed 6-3 before Patterson hit a solo shot in the fourth. After Wigginton and Scott went deep in the seventh, Tejada added a two-run shot off Tyson Ross in the eighth.
Matt Albers (3-3) pitched one inning of scoreless relief and Alfredo Simon worked the ninth for his 10th save.
Coco Crisp homered and Mark Ellis had three hits for the A's, whose four-game winning streak ended. Oakland went 10-17 in June; the last time A's lost more than 16 games in June was in 1986 (7-22).
"It's real frustrating for us," Ellis said. "We put runs on the board. Coco got a big home run for us. Then they got them back. When we score runs, we usually win games."
Oakland trailed 3-0 before batting around in a six-run fourth against Kevin Millwood, making his 400th career appearance. The highlights included Mark Ellis scoring on the front end of an attempted double steal, an RBI single by Gabe Gross and Crisp's three-run homer to left.
Ellis was at third and Gross at first when Cliff Pennington took a half-swing at a 3-2 pitch with the runners going. Catcher Matt Wieters threw to second, but the pitch was ruled ball four and Ellis came home on what the official scorer ruled a fielder's choice.
Millwood needed 42 pitches to get through an inning in which Tejada and Patterson made errors and Oakland got only four hits.
Baltimore went up 2-0 in the second when Scott led off with a walk and Jones hit an opposite-field drive over the 25-foot scoreboard in right.
Although the box score won't show it, Crisp made an outstanding leaping catch at the wall in center on a drive by Patterson in the second inning. Crisp hit his head on the padding, fell to the warning track and stayed there for several minutes.
The play did not count because Patterson was awarded first base on catcher's interference. If the ball dropped in, however, it would have counted.
"Coco Crisp is amazing. I had heard he was amazing, but to watch him is unbelievable," Oakland starter Ben Sheets said.
In the third, Jones doubled in Scott, who walked and took second on a passed ball.
Jones homered, doubled and singled in his first three at-bats. Needing a triple for the cycle, he struck out and lined out. ... Oakland has been denied a fifth straight victory three times this season. ... The five HRs allowed tied the A's season high. ... For the first time in eight starts, Millwood got out of the first inning without giving up a run.
|Players of the Game|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||1||3||0||2||0||.394|
|Daric Barton, 1B||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Conor Jackson, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.245|
|Rajai Davis, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.263|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.276|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||1||3||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Gabe Gross, DH||2||1||1||1||0||1||1||.271|
|a- Adam Rosales, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|b- Jack Cust, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.248|
|a-grounded out for Gross in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Rosales in the 8th|
|HR - Coco Crisp (2, Millwood)|
|SH - Coco Crisp (1)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp 3 (9), Gabe Gross (14)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Kurt Suzuki (3)|
|E - Kurt Suzuki (4, Interference)|
|Brad Ziegler (BS,3)||0.1||1||2||2||1||1||1||3.65|
|Cedrick Bowers (L,0-1)||0.2||2||1||1||1||1||1||5.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 103-69, Brad Ziegler 10-6, Cedrick Bowers 21-12, Tyson Ross 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 5-8, Tyson Ross 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 28, Brad Ziegler 3, Cedrick Bowers 5, Tyson Ross 6|
|Corey Patterson, LF||4||2||3||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Miguel Tejada, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.284|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||.303|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.262|
|Luke Scott, DH||1||3||1||1||3||0||0||.274|
|a- Jake Fox, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.210|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||1||3||3||0||1||1||.274|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.238|
|Scott Moore, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.263|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.231|
|a-struck out for Scott in the 8th|
|2B - Adam Jones (10, Sheets)|
|HR - Corey Patterson (4, Sheets), Miguel Tejada (6, Ross), Ty Wigginton (14, Ziegler), Luke Scott (12, Bowers), Adam Jones (13, Sheets)|
|RBI - Corey Patterson (11), Miguel Tejada 2 (32), Ty Wigginton 2 (42), Luke Scott (30), Adam Jones 3 (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Corey Patterson (6), Adam Jones (14)|
|CS - Corey Patterson (2, 2nd base by Sheets/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Tejada-Moore-Wigginton, Tejada-Moore-Wigginton|
|E - Corey Patterson (3, Misplayed grounder(Runner on third scored on fielder's choice on the ba), Miguel Tejada (10, Misplayed grounder(Runner on third scored on fielder's choice on the ba)|
|Matt Albers (W,3-3)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.61|
|Will Ohman (H,12)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.96|
|David Hernandez (H,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.53|
|Alfredo Simon (S,10)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.15|
|WP - David Hernandez (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 108-66, Mark Hendrickson 19-14, Matt Albers 13-7, Will Ohman 5-3, David Hernandez 10-7, Alfredo Simon 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 7-6, Mark Hendrickson 1-1, Matt Albers 2-0, Alfredo Simon 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 25, Mark Hendrickson 4, Matt Albers 3, Will Ohman 1, David Hernandez 3, Alfredo Simon 3|
|Attendance - 21392|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Field Culbreth|