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Orioles get big win in Oakland

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Baltimore manager Buck Showalter had a meeting with his coaches to decide whether to start catcher Matt Wieters in Sunday's series finale.

"It was a short conversation," Showalter said. "Matt means a lot to us and we like his presence in the lineup."

Wieters hit two solo home runs and Endy Chavez had four hits to help the Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Sunday and remain within a game of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

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"I'm finally putting the barrel on a few balls," Wieters said. "That's something you are always working on and once the game comes around you have to let it go."

Chavez drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have won four of six in snapping a three-game road losing streak. J.J. Hardy, Mark Reynolds, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Robert Andino also drove in runs.

"Every game right now is a must win," Wieters said. "This is a tough place to win. To be able to get one, we'll take it, move on to Seattle and try to win a couple up there."

Josh Reddick, who drove in three runs, and Stephen Drew hit two-run home runs for the Athletics, who are two games ahead of the Orioles for the first wild-card spot. Adam Rosales had two hits.

"When you win the first two games you want to get greedy and take that third game." A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We're playing it day to day but going into this series you got a chance to take two of three from a good team like that you'll take it. Especially after the first inning, scoring a couple of runs on Reddick's home run, we really thought we had a chance to win this game as well."

Brian Matusz (6-10) retired all six batters he faced, two on strikeouts, to earn the victory. Jim Johnson got the last out for his 43rd save.

A's starter Dan Straily (2-1) lasted 4 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits. He walked five and struck out one.

"I made a lot of mistakes," Straily said. "I left a lot of balls up, and that's as many walks as I've ever given up in my life. I was just out of character."

Straily's effort ended the 44-game streak in which A's pitchers had walked three or fewer batters.

Randy Wolf went four innings in his first start for the Orioles following three relief appearances. He gave up two runs and six hits, walked two and struck out four in his longest outing since going seven for Milwaukee in a loss to Philadelphia on Aug. 19.

"He's a veteran pitcher and knows how to pitch," Wieters said. "No one was too concerned when they got the two runs early. He had a shutdown inning after that and gave us two more good innings."

Wolf threw 72 pitches.

"He was our best option and kept us in the game," Showalter said. "A veteran like that knows how to minimize the damage."

Reddick's 29th home run, a two-run shot into the bleachers in right field, gave the A's a 2-0 lead in the first.

Wieters' first homer, with one out in the second, cut the lead in half. His fourth-inning home run put the Orioles ahead to stay.

Hardy's RBI single in the third tied it. Reynolds walked with the bases loaded in the fifth and Chavez's two-run single followed Machado's RBI double in the seventh.

Drew's two-run homer in the eighth made it 7-4.

Andino and Davis drove in runs for the Orioles in the ninth. Reddick added an RBI for the A's in the ninth.

Notes

  • Orioles' LHP Troy Patton (ankle) pitched an inning in instructional league Sunday. He's slated to pitch at least once more and could rejoin the team next weekend.
  • A's OF Coco Crisp was out of the lineup with an allergic reaction in his left eye.
  • O's DH Jim Thome (neck) is scheduled to play in simulated games Monday and Tuesday.
  • RHP Chris Tillman (7-2, 3.39) goes for the Orioles in Seattle on Monday night. He's 3-0 with an 0.83 ERA in three starts against his former team.
  • RHP A.J. Griffin (6-0, 1.94) will pitch for the A's in Detroit on Tuesday. He's the only ML pitcher since at least 1918 to allow three runs or fewer and walk two or less in each of his first 11 starts.
  • Of Weiters' 21 homers, 12 have been solo shots.
  • A's OF Yoenis Cespedes played CF for just the second time.
  • The A's tied a season-high by using seven pitchers.
 
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Matt Wieters connects for a pair of solo home runs as the Orioles get a win in Oakland to keep climbing in the wild-card race.  (AP)
Matt Wieters connects for a pair of solo home runs as the Orioles get a win in Oakland to keep climbing in the wild-card race. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Wieters
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Oakland

J. Reddick
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF5000124 .227
J.J. Hardy, SS6021013 .236
Chris Davis, DH4111225 .264
Adam Jones, CF6010016 .286
Matt Wieters, C3322210 .248
Mark Reynolds, 1B2101300 .230
Manny Machado, 3B5111004 .267
Endy Chavez, RF4242100 .220
Robert Andino, 2B4121002 .214
Totals39913997  
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (34, Straily), Manny Machado (6, Ross), Endy Chavez (6, J. Chavez), Robert Andino (12, J. Chavez)
HR - Matt Wieters 2 (21, Straily, Straily)
SH - Robert Andino (6)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (65), Chris Davis (70), Matt Wieters 2 (76), Mark Reynolds (61), Manny Machado (16), Endy Chavez 2 (10), Robert Andino (26)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (23), Chris Davis (24), Mark Reynolds (27)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Wolf-Andino-Reynolds
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf 4622241 5.66
Tommy Hunter 1100120 5.73
Brian Matusz (H,3; W,6-10) 2000020 5.07
Darren O'Day 1222031 2.54
Pedro Strop 0.2211110 2.31
Jim Johnson (S,43) 0.1000000 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 72-45, Tommy Hunter 21-12, Brian Matusz 24-18, Darren O'Day 19-13, Pedro Strop 15-9, Jim Johnson 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 2-5, Brian Matusz 1-3, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 19, Tommy Hunter 5, Brian Matusz 6, Darren O'Day 5, Pedro Strop 5, Jim Johnson 1
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Collin Cowgill, LF4110023 .270
   a- Brandon Moss, PH0100100 .258
Jonny Gomes, DH1000101 .259
   b- Seth Smith, PH-DH3010021 .246
Josh Reddick, RF5123012 .251
Yoenis Cespedes, CF4020111 .290
Chris Carter, 1B4000125 .255
Josh Donaldson, 3B4110013 .238
Stephen Drew, SS4122010 .205
Adam Rosales, 2B3020000 .233
   c- Jemile Weeks, PH-2B1000010 .222
George Kottaras, C4000013 .201
Totals375115412  
a-walked for Cowgill in the 9th
b-singled for Gomes in the 5th
c-struck out for Rosales in the 8th
Batting
2B - Collin Cowgill (2, Wolf), Yoenis Cespedes (22, Wolf)
HR - Josh Reddick (29, Wolf), Stephen Drew (5, O'Day)
RBI - Josh Reddick 3 (79), Stephen Drew 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (33), Stephen Drew 2 (7)
Team LOB - 9
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily (L,2-1) 4.2544512 4.13
Travis Blackley 0.2100100 3.65
Evan Scribner0100000 2.55
Pedro Figueroa 0.1000000 2.04
Tyson Ross 0.1233210 6.47
Jim Miller 2100140 2.08
Jesse Chavez 1322010 9.13
IBB - Wieters by Dan Straily
WP - Jesse Chavez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 92-51, Travis Blackley 26-15, Evan Scribner 3-2, Pedro Figueroa 1-1, Tyson Ross 23-10, Jim Miller 31-22, Jesse Chavez 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 7-6, Travis Blackley 2-0, Jim Miller 1-1, Jesse Chavez 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 24, Travis Blackley 4, Evan Scribner 1, Pedro Figueroa 1, Tyson Ross 5, Jim Miller 8, Jesse Chavez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 20539
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ed Hickox