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Orioles sweep, hand A's ninth consecutive loss

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BALTIMORE -- Just over a week after being humiliated in Oakland, the Baltimore Orioles pushed aside the struggling Athletics to pull off a sweep of their own.

Rookie Zach Britton took a four-hitter into the seventh inning, Mark Reynolds homered, and the Orioles beat the Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night to stretch Oakland's losing streak to nine games.

The Athletics haven't won since outscoring Baltimore 16-8 during a three-game sweep on May 27-29. In the rematch at Camden Yards, Oakland managed only four runs in three games and never held the lead.

"The first series with them we didn't hit in certain situations and we didn't make key pitches in certain situations," Orioles closer Kevin Gregg said. "We really gave away three games to them at their place. Here, we played the game right."

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And Oakland did not.

"They outscored us, they outpitched us, they outhit us," A's manager Bob Geren said. "That equals losses."

The trio of defeats left the Athletics mired in their longest slide since a 10-game run in 2008.

"It's the way the game goes," Oakland starter Josh Outman said. "Once we get a couple wins, we'll get our swagger back and will get back some of our confidence."

A's second baseman Jemile Weeks went 2 for 3 and scored both Oakland runs. The former first-round draft pick went hitless in his major league debut Tuesday night.

"I am excited. This is something I hope to do all season as long as I am here," Weeks said. "This is what they want to see from me, and it's what I do."

J.J. Hardy drove in a run for the Orioles, who have won four of five. It was their first three-game sweep of the A's in Baltimore since July 21-23, 1998.

"It feels good to get wins," catcher Matt Wieters said. "We got some good starting pitching and a good bullpen in this series. If our starting pitching keeps throwing like it did this series, then we're going to be a lot better ball club."

Britton (6-4) allowed four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander, who tied his career high with six strikeouts, was 0-3 in six starts since May 1.

Asked to assess his performance, Britton said, "I thought it was pretty good, obviously better than the previous couple outings."

Jim Johnson gave up an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings and Gregg worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

Baltimore got all its runs in the fifth inning against Outman (1-1). Vladimir Guerrero hit a leadoff single, advanced on a two-out wild pitch and scored on a single by Hardy. Reynolds followed with his 10th home run.

Oakland ended a string of 19 straight scoreless innings in the sixth. After singles by Weeks and Coco Crisp put runners at the corners with no outs, Daric Barton hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

The A's closed to 3-2 in the eighth. Left fielder Nolan Reimold misjudged a line drive by Weeks for a three-base error and Crisp followed with a sacrifice fly.

The A's made two exceptional fielding plays in the early going. Crisp tracked down a liner to deep center by Guerrero, and shortstop Cliff Pennington dived deep in the hole to snare a grounder before rising to his feet and throwing out Hardy.

Backed with that kind of defensive support and aided by a double play, Outman faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings.

But Baltimore broke open the scoreless duel in the fifth.

Outman allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. Oakland starters are 0-8 with a 6.88 ERA during the nine-game losing streak.

Notes

  • The Orioles will put 1B Derrek Lee on the bereavement list Thursday so he can attend his grandfather's funeral in California. Baltimore is off Thursday, but Lee is expected to miss the entire three-game series against Tampa Bay that begins Friday night.
  • Oakland's 14-24 record in night games is worst in the AL.
  • Total attendance for the series was a meager 35,968.
  • Oakland INF Andy LaRoche, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.
  • Johnson has allowed only two earned runs in his last 16 appearances (21 IP).
 
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J.J. Hardy gives Mark Reynolds a congratulatory pat after Reynolds' fifth-inning home run.  (US Presswire)
J.J. Hardy gives Mark Reynolds a congratulatory pat after Reynolds' fifth-inning home run. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Reynolds
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

J. Weeks
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3011011 .262
Daric Barton, 1B4000021 .217
Conor Jackson, LF3020100 .269
Josh Willingham, DH4000023 .239
Kurt Suzuki, C3000110 .239
David DeJesus, RF4000011 .236
Adam Rosales, 3B3000001 .143
   a- Ryan Sweeney, PH1000000 .290
Cliff Pennington, SS3000001 .260
Jemile Weeks, 2B3220000 .286
Totals3125127  
a-grounded out for Rosales in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jemile Weeks (1, Britton)
SF - Coco Crisp (1)
RBI - Coco Crisp (20)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Weeks-Barton, Weeks-Barton
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Outman (L,1-1) 6533041 4.15
Joey Devine 1000010 1.93
Andrew Bailey 1100020 2.25
WP - Josh Outman (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 78-49, Joey Devine 12-10, Andrew Bailey 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 5-7, Joey Devine 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 21, Joey Devine 3, Andrew Bailey 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robert Andino, 2B4000011 .261
Nick Markakis, RF3010000 .238
Adam Jones, CF3000011 .297
Vladimir Guerrero, DH3110000 .289
Derrek Lee, 1B3010021 .229
Matt Wieters, C3000012 .270
J.J. Hardy, SS3111010 .276
Mark Reynolds, 3B3122000 .199
Nolan Reimold, LF2000000 .278
   a- Felix Pie, PH-LF1000010 .253
Totals2836307  
a-struck out for Reimold in the 8th
Batting
HR - Mark Reynolds (10, Outman)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (18), Mark Reynolds 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (1), Mark Reynolds 2 (8)
SB - Mark Reynolds (4, 2nd base off Bailey/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Andino-Hardy-Lee
E - Nolan Reimold (1, Dropped line drive)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Britton (W,6-4) 6.1411260 3.18
Jim Johnson (H,10) 1.2110010 2.57
Kevin Gregg (S,12) 1000000 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 79-50, Jim Johnson 26-18, Kevin Gregg 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 7-5, Jim Johnson 2-3, Kevin Gregg 3-0
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 24, Jim Johnson 7, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11760
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 96
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt