A's rally in 9th to top O's; Reddick crashes into wall on last playJul 28, 2012 - 5:26 AM
Chris Carter hit a two-run homer, Coco Crisp added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Brandon Hicks hit a solo shot and Jemile Weeks knocked in the go-ahead run for the Athletics, who have won 17 of 20 since the start of July to remain in the thick of the AL West race.
"This was a character building game, but we've had a lot of those," Smith said. "Guys are professional and they're going to give everything they've got until the last out is made. That's what we expect, and we have to keep guys here that are willing to do that."
Jerry Blevins (4-0) tossed a scoreless inning of relief for the win.
Adam Jones slugged a three-run blast, Chris Davis posted a solo homer and J.J. Hardy knocked in three for the Orioles, who have dropped four of five.
Jim Johnson (1-1), the AL leader in saves, took the loss and the blown save, charged with five hits and six runs while recording just one out.
The reliable closer came in holding a 9-8 lead, but it all exploded in a matter of minutes.
After Yoenis Cespedes grounded out, Carter, Brandon Inge and Derek Norris singled, the latter tying the game. Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss walked to load the bases, then Weeks knocked in Inge for a 10-9 game. Crisp then plated two more before Luis Ayala was called in.
He served up Smith's two-run double and Oakland had a five-run lead.
"The other team is good too," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They're playing as good as anybody and everything is going their way. That's the way it goes sometimes, maybe tomorrow the breaks will go our way."
Blevins allowed hits to Mark Reynolds and Omar Quintanilla, but Josh Reddick saved the day for the final out. He tracked a Nick Markakis fly to the wall in right, caught the ball while leaping into the padding, but crashed to the warning track where he remained for several minutes before being carted off the field.
Reddick was listed as day-to-day with a back contusion.
Oakland put up four runs in the first on an RBI triple from Reddick, O's starter Zach Britton's wild pitch that scored him, plus a two-run shot from Carter.
Hicks began the next frame with his second homer of the season, but Davis popped a one-out solo shot to right center in the home half.
Baltimore climbed within 5-2 in the third as Markakis drew a two-out walk and scored on Hardy's double off the top of the wall in left, then the hosts took the lead in the fifth.
Taylor Teagarden and Markakis hit back-to-back one-out singles, then Hardy brought the former in on a base hit to make it 5-3. After Jim Thome fanned, Jones barely cleared the left-field wall for a line-drive, three-run shot.
The A's struck back in the sixth. Hicks, Weeks and Crisp all walked with two outs and Smith cleared the bases with a pinch-hit double to make it 8-6.
The O's had the bases loaded with two down in the seventh, but Wilson Betemit struck out swinging.
A three-run rally in the last of the eighth, all with two outs, turned a two- run deficit into a one-run edge. Hardy and Thome stroked back-to-back RBI singles, and after Jones was hit, Davis drove in the lead run on a single, but Thome was tagged out trying to score to end the frame.
The 23 combined runs were the most scored between the two clubs in one game since a 13-12 victory by the Athletics in 10 innings on June 19, 2000 in Oakland...Athletics starter Jarrod Parker served up eight hits and six runs with eight strikeouts over five innings, and Britton was charged with six runs on six hits in 5 2/3 frames...Prior to the game, the Orioles recalled pitcher Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment...Game time was four hours exactly.
- OAKLAND: 14
Jul 27 11:09 PM
- Seth Smith doubled to right scoring Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp. Runner on second with one out and Josh Reddick due up.
Athletics 14, Orioles 9 Top 9, 1 OutJul 27 10:52 PM
- Coco Crisp singled to right scoring Derek Norris and Brandon Moss. On the play, Jemile Weeks advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Seth Smith due up.
Athletics 12, Orioles 9 Top 9, 1 OutJul 27 10:47 PM
- Jemile Weeks singled to left scoring Brandon Inge. On the play, Brandon Moss advances to second and Derek Norris advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Coco Crisp due up.
Athletics 10, Orioles 9 Top 9, 1 OutJul 27 10:45 PM
- Derek Norris singled to right scoring Eric Sogard. On the play, Brandon Inge advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Brandon Hicks due up.
Athletics 9, Orioles 9 Top 9, 1 OutJul 27 10:41 PM
- Chris Davis singled to left scoring J.J. Hardy. On the play, Adam Jones advances to second and Jim Thome out at home, left to third to catcher to end the inning.
Athletics 8, Orioles 9 End 8Jul 27 10:31 PM
- Jim Thome singled to right scoring Nick Markakis. On the play, J.J. Hardy advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Adam Jones due up.
Athletics 8, Orioles 8 Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 27 10:23 PM
- J.J. Hardy singled to left scoring Mark Reynolds. On the play, Nick Markakis advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Jim Thome due up.
Athletics 8, Orioles 7 Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 27 10:19 PM
- Wilson Betemit flied out to right. None on with one out and Mark Reynolds due up.
Athletics 8, Orioles 6 Bot 6, 1 OutJul 27 9:13 PM
- Adam Jones two-out, three-run Home Run (24) to left scored Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy. Chris Davis due up.
Athletics 5, Orioles 6 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 27 8:45 PM
- J.J. Hardy doubled to left scoring Nick Markakis. Runner on second with two outs and Jim Thome due up.
Athletics 5, Orioles 2 Bot 3, 2 OutsJul 27 7:58 PM
- Chris Davis one-out, solo Home Run (17) to right center. Wilson Betemit due up.
Athletics 5, Orioles 1 Bot 2, 1 OutJul 27 7:42 PM
- Brandon Hicks lead-off Home Run (2) to left. Jemile Weeks due up.
Athletics 5, Orioles 0 Top 2, 0 OutsJul 27 7:31 PM
- Chris Carter one-out, two-run Home Run (7) to left scored Yoenis Cespedes. Brandon Inge due up.
Athletics 4, Orioles 0 Top 1, 1 OutJul 27 7:18 PM
- Zach Britton's wild pitch scored Josh Reddick. None on with one out and Yoenis Cespedes at the plate.
Athletics 2, Orioles 0 Top 1, 1 OutJul 27 7:17 PM
- Josh Reddick tripled to right scoring Jonny Gomes. Runner on third with one out and Yoenis Cespedes due up.
Athletics 1, Orioles 0 Top 1, 1 OutJul 27 7:14 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 27 7:09 PM
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