American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Oakland|
(Friday, September 14th)
Final Score: Oakland 3, Baltimore 2
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Tommy Milone pitched into the seventh inning,
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer, and the Oakland Athletics edged the
Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.
Milone (13-10), who has won four of his last five starts, was charged with two
runs -- one earned -- on six hits over 6 1/3 frames. The lefty walked two and
struck out a pair.
"That's the kind of game we've seen him pitch all year," said Athletics
manager Bob Melvin. "He bends a little but doesn't break. It was a big-time
performance out of him."
Grant Balfour allowed Matt Wieters' leadoff single in the ninth before
retiring the next two batters. Catcher Derek Norris then threw out pinch-
runner Xavier Avery at second base on a steal attempt to end the game.
Jonny Gomes hit a go-ahead, fifth-inning RBI single for the AL Wild Card-
leading Athletics. They have won seven of eight overall and sit three games
behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West.
Joe Saunders (2-2) gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings in the
loss. He walked two and fanned six.
"Milone pitched a great game. He made some big pitches when he needed to,"
Saunders said. "We had our chances and just fell a little bit short."
Chris Davis hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who were coming off a sweep of
the Tampa Bay Rays.
Baltimore could have grabbed sole possession of the AL East lead with a
victory, but instead remained tied atop the division with the New York
Yankees, who lost to Tampa Bay earlier Friday.
New York and Baltimore are also tied for the AL's final wild card spot.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, which began with Manny
Machado's single. A pair of fly outs moved Machado to third base and he
crossed the plate when Josh Donaldson couldn't come up with J.J. Hardy's
grounder to third.
Cespedes, who left Thursday's loss to the Angels with a sprained wrist,
responded in the fourth. Gomes led off the frame with a base hit before the
Cuban import sent a one-out blast over the fence in left for a 2-1 lead.
Davis answered with a leadoff homer in the fifth and Machado followed with a
single before Milone induced a 6-4-3 double play and struck out Nate McLouth
to limit the damage.
The Athletics opened the bottom half with three straight hits to go on top for
Adam Rosales started the stretch with a double before Coco Crisp and Gomes
delivered back-to-back singles for a 3-2 advantage.
The Orioles placed runners on first and second with one down in the sixth, but
Lew Ford hit into an inning-ending double play.
An inning later, Pat Neshek relieved Milone with one down and a runner on
first. After a walk to Machado, Robert Andino grounded into another O's double
Ryan Cook tossed a 1-2-3 eighth to preserve the lead.
Balfour recorded his 18th save of the season ... Milone was facing the Orioles
for the first time ... The A's lead the season-series, 4-3 ... Saunders hadn't
allowed a home run since being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in late
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