American League Game Summary - Oakland at Baltimore|
(Sunday, July 29th)
Final Score: Baltimore 6, Oakland 1
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Wei-Yin Chen struck out 12 to help the
Baltimore Orioles avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland
Athletics with a 6-1 win on Sunday.
Chen (9-6) set a record for most strikeouts in one game by a Taiwanese-born
pitcher and gave up just one unearned run on three hits with four walks over 5
2/3 innings for the Orioles, who had dropped five of six coming in.
Matt Wieters hit a three-run home run while Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-4 with
a solo home run and two runs scored in the win.
"It's always good when you get everyone playing together like we did today,"
said Quintanilla. "Chen was solid out there and hopefully this will be the
start of a good run."
Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and drove in the lone run for the Athletics, who
came into the game having won 18 of their 21 games in July. Travis Blackley
(3-3) was touched for five runs on six hits in just five innings of work.
"As well as he's pitched for us, it was just an off day for him," said Oakland
manager Bob Melvin about Blackley. "It looked like he was struggling with his
command a little bit and was fighting too much."
Baltimore plated four in the third inning to take the lead. Quintanilla led
off with a bunt single and moved to third thanks to a bad pickoff throw by
Blackley. After J.J. Hardy walked, Adam Jones one-hopped an RBI double off the
wall in left-center. Wieters followed with a shot near the same spot, but his
went over the wall for his 13th homer of the season.
The Orioles added a run in the fifth. Hardy led off with a single and Jones
followed with a walk. Wieters then hit a sharp grounder to third that Brandon
Inge fielded and went to second for the force. Jemile Weeks then threw to
first for the double play, but it went a bit high and was off the glove of
Chris Carter, allowing Hardy to score for a 5-0 lead. Carter was charged with
the error on the play.
Oakland didn't get a runner past second for the first five innings, but
managed to push one across in the sixth. Weeks led off with a walk, and an
error on Quintanilla helped put men at first and second. After Josh Reddick
struck out, Cespedes singled to right to make it a 5-1 game.
Derek Norris came up later in the inning with the bases loaded and two outs,
but popped out to end the threat.
Quintanilla atoned for his mistake in the bottom of the inning when he hit a
one-out, solo shot to right for his first homer with Baltimore.
Oakland put men on first and third with two outs in the seventh, but Troy
Patton came on and got Reddick to foul out.
The A's left men on base in both the eighth and ninth innings without scoring
and stranded 10 in the game.
Each team has won three games in the season series...Baltimore starts three
games in New York on Monday...Oakland heads back home to open a 10-game
homestand with three against Tampa starting on Monday...Before the game, the
A's acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange
for relief pitcher Fautino De Los Santos.
07/29 19:25:48 ET