Oakland at Baltimore

W: J. Blevins (4-0) L: J. Johnson (1-1)
HR: OAK - C. Carter (7),B. Hicks (2)   BAL - C. Davis (17),A. Jones (24)

A's erupt in ninth to top Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- A back-and-forth duel that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours was decided by one final outburst by the Oakland Athletics.

Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson, and the Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 on Friday night.

Thanks mostly to Johnson, the Orioles were 41-0 when leading after eight innings. Now they're 41-1 because Johnson couldn't make Baltimore's last comeback stand up.

The Orioles trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 8-6 in the eighth before rallying on each occasion. But Baltimore had no answer for Oakland's big ninth inning.

"It was like a heavyweight fight. Both teams just battled. It was one of the better games I've seen," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. "Of course you want to be on the winning end of that because of how much you put into it."

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After Baltimore scored three runs in the eighth to go up 9-8, Oakland pounded Johnson (1-1) for six runs on six hits and a walk in the ninth. It was Johnson's third blown save in 33 opportunities.

"I fell behind and a couple balls got through," Johnson said. "It just kind of happened. It obviously wasn't my best day."

Johnson got the first out in the ninth before Chris Carter and Brandon Inge singled. Derek Norris tied it with a bad-hop single and, after a walk to Brandon Moss, Weeks put Oakland in front for good with a single to left. Coco Crisp followed with a two-run single and Smith doubled in two runs.

Carter and Brandon Hicks homered for the A's, who have won 12 of 14, and Smith tied a career high with five RBIs.

Jerry Blevins (4-0) was given credit for the win by the official scorer because Oakland closer Ryan Cook was ineffective in the eighth.

The game ended with Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick making a fine catch while banging into the wall. He stayed on the ground for several minutes before slowly rising.

Oakland athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said Reddick had an upper body bruise but no signs of a head injury or concussion.

Adam Jones and Chris Davis homered and J.J. Hardy had three RBIs for the Orioles, who have lost four of five.

Baltimore rallied twice in the eighth against an Oakland bullpen that was 7-0 with a 1.96 ERA since the All-Star break.

After walking Mark Reynolds to open the inning, Sean Doolittle got two straight outs before Nick Markakis singled. Cook then gave up an RBI single to Hardy and went to 0-2 on Jim Thome before yielding the game-tying single. Cook hit Jones with a pitch before Davis lined a single to left to bring home Hardy.

Thome was thrown out at the plate on a play that wasn't even close. The decision to send the 41-year-old was questionable, but Oakland's big ninth inning lessened its significance.

"It was a great ballgame. You've got to credit them. They battled," Thome said. "They jumped out front. We battled. Credit us. We battled back. We did a heck of a job. For the fans, it was a great ballgame. Unfortunately, you know, this is baseball. It's not very fun from this end."

Baltimore used a four-run fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead against rookie Jarrod Parker. After singles by Taylor Teagarden, Markakis and Hardy produced a run, Thome struck out. But Jones hit the next pitch into the front row of the seats in left to put the Orioles ahead for the first time.

Oakland answered immediately in the sixth.

Orioles starter Zach Britton was lifted in the sixth after walking Brandon Hicks with one out. Right-hander Miguel Socolovich, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, walked two straight batters to load the bases for pinch-hitter Smith, who fought back from an 0-2 count to hit a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left-center for an 8-6 lead.

Early on, the Athletics appeared poised for easy victory.

Britton opened the game by striking out Coco Crisp, but Oakland's next four players reached base and scored. Jonny Gomes walked and came home on a triple by Reddick, who scored on a wild pitch. Yoenis Cespedes then singled and Carter followed with his seventh home run.

Hicks homered on Britton's first pitch of the second inning to end a 5-for-39 slump, and Davis connected in the bottom half. Twelve of his 19 home runs have come at home.

Baltimore closed to 5-2 in the third when Markakis drew a two-out walk and Hardy doubled him home.


  • The Orioles designated LHP Dana Eveland for assignment to make room for Socolovich.
  • Orioles 2B Robert Andino (shoulder) will begin a rehabilitation assignment Sunday with Triple-A Norfolk. He's eligible to return from the DL on Tuesday.
  • Oakland LHP Brett Anderson (elbow) made a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Sacramento, throwing 53 pitches while allowing four earned runs in four innings.
  • Orioles C Matt Wieters was rested with a tight right biceps. "We're going to make sure it feels OK before I get back in there," said Wieters, who is mired in a 1-for-30 skid.
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Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp celebrate after scoring on Seth Smith's double during a six-run ninth inning.  (AP)
Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp celebrate after scoring on Seth Smith's double during a six-run ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

S. Smith
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Oakland Athletics
Coco Crisp, CF5222110 .257
Jonny Gomes, DH2110100 .262
   a- Seth Smith, PH-DH3025002 .251
Josh Reddick, RF6121015 .272
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5110101 .299
Chris Carter, 1B5122012 .269
    Eric Sogard, PR-SS0100000 .154
Brandon Inge, 3B5120010 .206
Derek Norris, C5111011 .205
Brandon Hicks, SS3221100 .192
   b- Brandon Moss, PH-1B0100100 .252
Jemile Weeks, 2B4211101 .216
a-doubled for Gomes in the 6th
b-walked for Hicks in the 9th
2B - Coco Crisp (8, Patton), Seth Smith 2 (15, Socolovich, Ayala), Josh Reddick (21, Britton)
3B - Josh Reddick (5, Britton)
HR - Chris Carter (7, Britton), Brandon Hicks (2, Britton)
RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (24), Seth Smith 5 (38), Josh Reddick (50), Chris Carter 2 (14), Derek Norris (11), Brandon Hicks (6), Jemile Weeks (16)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith 3 (9)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Yoenis Cespedes 1
DP - Inge-Weeks-Carter
Oakland Athletics
Jarrod Parker 5866182 3.38
Jordan Norberto (H,4) 1100010 3.05
Grant Balfour (H,13) 0.2000300 2.89
Sean Doolittle (H,4) 1122120 4.29
Ryan Cook (BS,5) 0.1311000 1.90
Jerry Blevins (W,4-0) 1200020 2.34
HBP - Jones (by Ryan Cook)
WP - Jarrod Parker (6), Grant Balfour (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 83-52, Jordan Norberto 16-12, Grant Balfour 28-13, Sean Doolittle 19-11, Ryan Cook 21-12, Jerry Blevins 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 5-1, Jordan Norberto 1-1
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 23, Jordan Norberto 4, Grant Balfour 5, Sean Doolittle 5, Ryan Cook 4, Jerry Blevins 5
Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis, RF5320102 .281
J.J. Hardy, SS4233100 .225
Jim Thome, DH4011123 .252
Adam Jones, CF4113012 .292
Chris Davis, LF4122120 .261
    Endy Chavez, LF0000000 .177
Wilson Betemit, 3B5020023 .251
Mark Reynolds, 1B4110122 .205
Omar Quintanilla, 2B5020011 .273
Taylor Teagarden, C5110034 .105
2B - J.J. Hardy (17, Parker), Wilson Betemit (14, Parker)
HR - Adam Jones (24, Parker), Chris Davis (17, Parker)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 3 (41), Jim Thome (21), Adam Jones 3 (56), Chris Davis 2 (49)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (11), Jim Thome (6), Adam Jones 3 (17), Chris Davis (13)
Team LOB - 10
Baltimore Orioles
Zach Britton 5.2666322 5.74
Miguel Socolovich (BS,1) 0.1122200 12.46
Matt Lindstrom 1200020 3.16
Troy Patton 1100010 3.00
Jim Johnson (BS,3; L,1-1) 0.1566100 3.71
Luis Ayala 0.2100000 2.74
WP - Zach Britton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 101-56, Miguel Socolovich 22-9, Matt Lindstrom 19-13, Troy Patton 14-11, Jim Johnson 29-15, Luis Ayala 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 8-7, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0, Luis Ayala 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 26, Miguel Socolovich 4, Matt Lindstrom 5, Troy Patton 4, Jim Johnson 7, Luis Ayala 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29278
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Tim McClelland