American League Game Summary - Oakland at Baltimore|
(Friday, April 27th)
Final Score: Oakland 5, Baltimore 2
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Eric Sogard hit a two-run home run, while
Brandon McCarthy earned his first victory of the season as the Athletics took
a 5-2 decision over the Orioles in the opener of a three-game set at Camden
Yards on Friday.
McCarthy (1-3) allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks over seven
innings in the start. Ryan Cook struck out four Orioles in the eighth after
Adam Jones reached on a wild pitch and Grant Balfour worked around a leadoff
walk in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and drove in two, while Kurt Suzuki knocked in a
run and scored once for Oakland, which has won three straight.
Jake Arrieta (1-2) was touched for four runs on four hits and two walks over
his 5 2/3 innings in his start for Baltimore. Jones and Nick Markakis each
had an RBI in the loss as Baltimore saw its four-game win streak come to an
"He gave us a chance to win tonight," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter
about Arrieta. "It wasn't as good as he's capable of, but we score a few more
runs and see if he can get in a rhythm."
Baltimore manufactured a run in the home half of the first when Nolan Reimold
ripped a leadoff double and came around to score on consecutive fly balls from
J.J. Hardy and Markakis.
Oakland struck for three runs in the second -- all with two outs. Kila
Ka'aihue worked a one-out walk and Suzuki stroked an RBI double around a Seth
Smith strikeout before Sogard followed with a blast to right field, giving
the Orioles a 3-1 edge.
"That's huge, answering right back, especially with two outs like that," said
Sogard of his two-run blast. "We fed off that, kept going and McCarthy did too
and did very well."
Oakland pushed the margin to 4-1 in the sixth as Reddick launched a one-out
homer to center field for his third of the season.
Baltimore answered in the bottom half when Hardy ripped a one-out double
before scoring on Jones' single to right-field two batters later to pull the
O's within 4-2.
The A's tacked on some insurance in the eighth as Coco Crisp worked a two-out
walk and swiped second after Matt Lindstrom replaced Troy Patton. Reddick
then plated Crisp with a single to center field to account for the final
The A's began their second road trip of the season on Friday, a nine-game, 10-
day trip to Baltimore (three games), Boston (three games) and Tampa Bay (three
games)...Saturday's matchup features righty Tyson Ross for the A's against
southpaw Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles...Baltimore left seven on base and went
2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
04/28 02:15:20 ET