Baltimore at Oakland

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Baltimore (53-43) «4012000018130
Oakland (60-37)001201000481

Jones drives in five runs as O's double up A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Adam Jones wasn't all that impressed with matching his career high for RBIs. The veteran outfielder was more concerned with the runners he and his Baltimore teammates left on base.

It's that type of thinking Orioles manager Buck Showalter hopes will lead his club deep into the postseason.

Jones drove in five runs to back Wei-Yin Chen, and Baltimore beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Saturday night.

The Orioles scored more than seven runs for only the fifth time in their last 40 games but stranded nine runners -- seven in scoring position.

"Our guys, they're never satisfied," Showalter said. "It's a very professional group."

Jones hit a three-run homer in the first and had a two-run single in the fourth. Baltimore's All-Star center fielder also walked and scored in the third.

It was his two other at-bats that bothered Jones. He grounded out with runners on second and third in the sixth, then hit into a fielder's choice with two on in the eighth.

"We're a team that ... we need to fix it," Jones said. "We need to fix those type of things. That's what we need to work on."

Nick Markakis added four hits, while Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles.

Chen (10-3) allowed three runs over five innings with four strikeouts in an uneven outing while winning his third consecutive start. The left-hander improved to 4-0 in five career starts against the A's.

Brandon Moss hit his team-leading 22nd home run for Oakland.

One day after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth on Josh Donaldson's game-ending home run, the Orioles took a 7-1 lead, then held off another rally by the A's to move 10 games over .500.

"I just kind of stepped back during the workout on Thursday at how professional, focused and engaged they were," Showalter said. "They know the challenge ahead of them and how hard it's going to be with the schedule that we have to play the rest of the way."

Jones provided the bulk of the offense with the second five-RBI game of his career. He also drove in five against the New York Yankees on July 28, 2008.

Markakis helped with his third four-hit game of the year. All four hits were singles. He also reached on an error in the eighth.

The Orioles needed it on a night when Chen was inconsistent. He retired the first six hitters before giving up Moss' home run leading off the third. Chen also gave up a two-run double to Jed Lowrie in the fourth.

Lowrie added an RBI single in the sixth off reliever Brad Brach.

Zach Britton retired one batter for his 16th save of the year.

The A's had won seven straight at home before losing in front of a sellout crowd on hand to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise's 1989 World Series championship.

Oakland starter Jason Hammel (0-2) gave up five runs in two-plus innings, his second rocky outing since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs along with All-Star pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a trade on July 5.

"His command of the heater wasn't very good and he got into some bad counts and they made him pay," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We had a lot of trouble with the top of their lineup."

Baltimore knocked Hammel out of the game with four runs in the first and another in the third.

Markakis singled to lead off the game, Steve Pearce walked and Jones followed with his 17th home run to break an 0-for-10 skid. Hardy added a solo shot with two outs to make it 4-0.

Jones walked in the third and scored on Davis' RBI double.

Davis hit his 16th home run in the ninth off former A's closer Jim Johnson.

NOTES: Former A's pitcher Dave Stewart threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the 25th anniversary celebration. Members of that team, including Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson, laid flowers at the base of the pitching mound where Bob Welch's No. 35 was inscribed during a pregame ceremony. Welch, who played on the `89 team, died of a heart attack in June. ... Sonny Gray (10-3) pitches the series finale for Oakland and is unbeaten in his three July starts this season. RHP Kevin Gausman (4-2) pitches for Baltimore.

 
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Nick Markakis posts a four-hit night to go along with Adam Jones' career-high five RBIs.  (USATSI)
Nick Markakis posts a four-hit night to go along with Adam Jones' career-high five RBIs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Lowrie
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGSLGOBP
Nick Markakis, RF5240000.294.399.355
Steve Pearce, LF4230101.320.572.390
   David Lough, PR-LF0000000.197.308.271
Adam Jones, CF4225103.301.490.327
Nelson Cruz, DH5010025.282.559.347
Chris Davis, 1B4122111.204.405.313
J.J. Hardy, SS4111113.284.373.315
Manny Machado, 3B4000112.270.429.320
Nick Hundley, C5000022.250.364.268
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4000000.219.330.256
Wei-Yin Chen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Brach, P0000000.000.000.000
   Darren O'Day, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Britton, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals39813857    
Batting
2B - Steve Pearce 2 (16, Otero), Chris Davis (10, Hammel)
HR - Adam Jones (17, Hammel), Chris Davis (16, Johnson), J.J. Hardy (4, Hammel)
RBI - Adam Jones 5 (59), Chris Davis 2 (50), J.J. Hardy (27)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (6)
SB - Adam Jones 2 (6, 2nd base off Otero/Norris)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Schoop-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,10-3) 5533141 4.21
Brad Brach 2211020 3.34
Darren O'Day (H,15) 1.2100100 1.06
Zach Britton (S,16) 0.1000010 1.85
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 86-55, Brad Brach 30-19, Darren O'Day 23-16, Zach Britton 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 1-9, Brad Brach 1-3, Darren O'Day 1-4
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 20, Brad Brach 8, Darren O'Day 7, Zach Britton 1
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGSLGOBP
Coco Crisp, DH4000011.287.441.383
Craig Gentry, CF3000001.266.304.328
   a-John Jaso, PH1000000.273.446.350
   Andy Parrino, LF0000000.250.417.357
Yoenis Cespedes, LF-CF4110000.249.440.301
Josh Donaldson, 3B4110021.239.456.316
Derek Norris, C4110011.294.485.398
Jed Lowrie, SS4023000.240.348.321
Brandon Moss, RF3111112.268.534.349
Nate Freiman, 1B2010000.250.464.300
   b-Stephen Vogt, PH-1B2010000.351.518.380
Nick Punto, 2B3000123.209.288.303
Jason Hammel, P0000000.139.139.162
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3448427    
a-popped out for Gentry in the 8th
b-flied out for Freiman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Donaldson (14, Brach), Jed Lowrie (25, Chen)
HR - Brandon Moss (22, Chen)
RBI - Jed Lowrie 3 (37), Brandon Moss (67)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie 3 (12)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Freiman, Donaldson-Freiman-Lowrie-Punto-Vogt
E - Nick Punto (6, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel (L,8-7) 2655222 3.35
Dan Otero 2322100 2.34
Fernando Abad 1.1200000 1.83
Ryan Cook 1.2000130 3.00
Luke Gregerson 1100010 2.08
Jim Johnson 1111111 6.25
IBB - Machado by Dan Otero
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 58-33, Dan Otero 38-19, Fernando Abad 16-12, Ryan Cook 21-14, Luke Gregerson 24-15, Jim Johnson 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 2-2, Dan Otero 4-1, Fernando Abad 2-2, Ryan Cook 1-1, Luke Gregerson 3-0, Jim Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 14, Dan Otero 9, Fernando Abad 6, Ryan Cook 6, Luke Gregerson 5, Jim Johnson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36067
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Tom Woodring, Third Base - Jerry Meals