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May 25, 2010 - 1:04 AM By MIKE LIPKA STATS Writer

Oakland (23-22) at Baltimore (14-31), 7:05 p.m. EDT

Oakland pitchers have gone 20 straight innings without allowing a run, and the Athletics gave up a total of six hits in the final two games of their weekend sweep.

Dallas Braden has shown he's capable of continuing that dominance.

The left-hander tries to avoid a third straight loss following his perfect game, looking to help the A's snap a five-game road losing streak Tuesday night as they begin a 10-game trip against the Baltimore Orioles.

The A's (23-22) rose back above .500 thanks to a three-game sweep of interleague rival San Francisco, finishing the series with back-to-back shutouts following Friday night's 6-1 victory.

"We've got that type of pitching staff that can do that," right-hander Ben Sheets told the A's official website. "We've been doing that for a majority of the year. We just got to stay with it."

Oakland's pitchers have a 2.79 ERA at home, in stark contrast to their 5.69 mark on the road, where the team has lost 12 of 14.

Braden's results have followed that trend - he's 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA at home and 1-2 with a 6.50 ERA on the road.

Braden (4-4, 3.45 ERA) pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history against Tampa Bay on May 9, but he's since lost two straight and is 1-4 in his last five outings. Still, he overcame an illness to hold Detroit without a run for six innings Wednesday before allowing two runs in the seventh during the 5-1 loss.

"You could tell he was running out of gas and losing some steam," catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "But he kept battling. That's the definition of a gamer right there."

The southpaw has won both of his career starts at Baltimore and is 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA overall against the Orioles, who managed three hits and two runs against Braden in seven innings of their 4-2 loss April 16 at Oakland.

"I don't know that I'm that good against Baltimore," Braden said. "It's just the matchups I've had so far have worked out for me. That's about it. I've never been a guy who's tried to take anything for granted."

Nick Markakis leads the Orioles with a .304 average but is 1 for 14 against Braden. Adam Jones, riding a 10-game hitting streak, is hitless in 11 at-bats against him.

Baltimore (14-31) lost three of four in Oakland last month and is 2-13 versus the A's since the start of 2008.

The Orioles own the worst record in the majors and have dropped seven of nine, including the last two at Washington over the weekend.

Jeremy Guthrie (2-4, 3.86) has still managed to give Baltimore a good chance to win lately. He's 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his last three starts, holding Texas to one run in six innings of a 4-3 defeat Wednesday.

The right-hander limited Oakland to two runs - one earned - in 6 2-3 innings on April 17, but the A's scored two runs in the ninth inning to win 4-3.

Problems at the back of the bullpen continue to plague Baltimore, which is dealing with injuries to Alfredo Simon (hamstring) and Koji Uehara (elbow). Closer Michael Gonzalez (shoulder) remains on the disabled list.

"It takes its toll on your bullpen," manager Dave Trembley said.








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    C Pennington ss 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .224
    D Barton 1b 4 0 3 0 0 0 2 .278
    R Sweeney rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .307
    K Suzuki c 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .253
    J Cust dh 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 .280
    K Kouzmanoff 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .259
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    May 25 9:49 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MATT WIETERS SCORED SCOTT MOORE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M WIETERS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    BALTIMORE 5 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L MONTANEZ (.163, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 25 9:39 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK MARKAKIS (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF MICHAEL WUERTZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, BALTIMORE 4
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M TEJADA (.263, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 25 9:31 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADAM JONES SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    BALTIMORE 3 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M WIETERS (.253, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 25 8:59 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TY WIGGINTON SCORED NICK MARKAKIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEJADA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    BALTIMORE 2 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.257, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 25 8:58 PM
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    Athletics 1, Orioles 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 25 8:33 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY CLIFF PENNINGTON ALLOWED MIGUEL TEJADA TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A JONES ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    BALTIMORE 1 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M WIETERS (.255, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 25 8:27 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MARK ELLIS SCORED JACK CUST
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G GROSS ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    BALTIMORE 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E PATTERSON (.219, 4 HR, 8 RBI)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 25 7:31 PM