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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kurt Suzuki already had produced a stellar day; a pair of solo home runs and a throw to second to nail a baserunner trying to steal.
He needed this one, too. It's been a rough year.
Suzuki connected in the second and sixth against Alfredo Simon (3-6) for his second career multihomer game and right fielder David DeJesus cut down pinch-runner Blake Davis with a perfect throw to the plate for a dramatic finish.
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"The plays to right field, those are the toughest ones because you can't really judge where the runner is," Suzuki said. "I took one last peek right before Dave got the ball to see where the runner was. I knew it was going to be a bang-bang play. I played with Blake in college for three years. I knew he was going to try to slide around me, either that or he was going to try to trick me and try to run me over."
Brandon Allen tripled and scored on the same play and also had a sacrifice fly for the A's, who snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night and followed that up with another victory for a winning series.
DeJesus -- who entered as a defensive replacement for the final inning -- flubbed Nick Markakis' RBI single but recovered to make a strong throw to Suzuki, who tagged Davis to deny the Orioles the tying run. It also preserved Andrew Bailey's 15th save after he gave up three hits in the ninth.
DeJesus held his breath as he watched the play unfold.
"I'm just hoping that he was out, 'cuz that would have been ridiculous," he said. "I came in for defense and was able to make the last out, even though it was crazy."
Home plate umpire Dan Bellino asked Suzuki to "show him the ball," and the catcher obliged. And the out call finally came.
"In my mind it took about an hour for the ball to get to home plate. He bobbled the ball, but you have to keep your wits about you," said A's manager Bob Melvin, who has been preaching staying poised after a defensive blunder. "He made a heck of a throw. We'll take it."
The Orioles were trying for their first road series win since mid-May and a winning season series with Oakland for the first time since going 8-3 in their 1998 matchups. The A's won this year's meetings 5-4.
Suzuki also hit two home runs on June 3, 2010, at Boston. Seven of Oakland's nine hits went for extra bases.
Baltimore wanted to force extra innings. Davis got the go signal from third-base coach Willie Randolph and charged toward home.
"He had a good throw, the ball beat me," Davis said. "I tried to go around the tag and he blocked the plate pretty good. You can do that or you can just try and run him over. ... Looking back, it probably would have been a better idea to just probably go right into him, especially being the tying run."
The A's loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half against Simon. Jemile Weeks led off with a single, Coco Crisp walked and Hideki Matsui hit a bloop single into shallow center. Josh Willingham followed with a two-run double when the ball was misplayed by left fielder Nolan Reimold, and Allen's sacrifice fly made it 3-2.
Allen is quickly becoming a reliable regular since the A's acquired him from Arizona at the trade deadline and called him up from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. Starting the past five games, he is batting .533 (8 for 15).
Allen keeps doing his part -- and then some. He tripled for the second straight day and scored on the third-inning play. Leaping center fielder Adam Jones made an error when Allen's ball came off the wall and bounced over his head. Jones then bobbled the ball trying to pick it up from the ground.
Melvin indicated before the game that Allen will continue to get steady playing time at first base even once Conor Jackson returns. Jackson missed his fourth straight game with a stiff neck.
Markakis hit a solo homer in the sixth and Josh Bell had an RBI single in the seventh that chased McCarthy. The right-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.
"Awesome," he said of the ending. "That made it a lot less stressful."
McCarthy (6-6) was back on the mound after taking a line drive off his right knee in a 9-1 loss to Texas his last time out.
Baltimore won the series opener Monday -- the Orioles' seventh time doing so on the road this year -- but has gone 1-14 in games after that the last seven times it took the first game.
The Orioles have dropped 16 of their last 20 road games and have lost 10 of their last 12 series finales.
|Kurt Suzuki caps off a two home run night by tagging out the Orioles' Blake Davis at home to win the game. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Robert Andino, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||2||2||.267|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.266|
|Blake Davis, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||2||3||2||1||0||0||.287|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.294|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.278|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||1||2||0||1||1||1||.214|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.215|
|Josh Bell, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.184|
|Craig Tatum, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.259|
|a- Matt Wieters, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.253|
|a-struck out for Tatum in the 9th|
|2B - Robert Andino (14, Bailey), Nick Markakis (21, McCarthy), Vladimir Guerrero (18, McCarthy), Mark Reynolds (22, McCarthy)|
|HR - Nick Markakis (13, McCarthy)|
|SF - Adam Jones (8)|
|RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (57), Adam Jones (73), Vladimir Guerrero (43), Josh Bell (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (25), Vladimir Guerrero (20)|
|CS - Mark Reynolds (3, 2nd base by McCarthy/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Andino-Reynolds|
|E - Adam Jones (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Alfredo Simon (L,3-6)||5.1||8||6||5||2||3||2||4.68|
|HBP - Weeks (by Alfredo Simon)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 96-63, Brad Bergesen 11-7, Troy Patton 22-14, Jason Berken 8-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 4-8, Brad Bergesen 2-0, Troy Patton 1-4, Jason Berken 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 26, Brad Bergesen 3, Troy Patton 5, Jason Berken 2|
|Jemile Weeks, 2B||3||1||2||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Coco Crisp, CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.273|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||1||2||0||2||0||.249|
|David DeJesus, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Brandon Allen, 1B||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.295|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.285|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.261|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||2||2||2||1||0||0||.230|
|Scott Sizemore, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.237|
|2B - Josh Willingham (20, Simon), Scott Sizemore 2 (15, Simon, Bergesen)|
|3B - Jemile Weeks (8, Simon), Brandon Allen (2, Simon)|
|HR - Kurt Suzuki 2 (12, Simon, Simon)|
|SF - Brandon Allen (1)|
|RBI - Josh Willingham 2 (69), Brandon Allen (9), Kurt Suzuki 2 (34)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1|
|DP - Pennington-Weeks-Allen|
|Brandon McCarthy (W,6-6)||6||8||4||4||2||3||1||3.74|
|Fautino De Los Santos (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.53|
|Grant Balfour (H,21)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||1.99|
|Andrew Bailey (S,15)||1||3||1||1||0||2||0||2.63|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 99-66, Fautino De Los Santos 12-8, Grant Balfour 20-10, Andrew Bailey 23-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 8-5, Grant Balfour 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 26, Fautino De Los Santos 3, Grant Balfour 5, Andrew Bailey 5|
|Attendance - 20448|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman|