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Oakland aims to snap four-game skid vs. Orioles

Sep 5, 2008 - 10:20 AM Oakland (63-77) at Baltimore (63-76) 7:05 p.m. EDT

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- The Oakland Athletics aim to snap a four-game skid on Friday when they meet the Baltimore Orioles in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the American League.

Oakland left 19 runners on base in dropping both games of a doubleheader against the lowly Kansas City Royals on Thursday. The A's lost the first game, 5-4, in 11 innings.

In the nightcap, Oakland fell behind, 9-1, before falling short, 9-6. The second game was a bit concerning, as the normally strong pitching staff was rocked for 15 hits. The A's have a 3.91 team ERA, but allowed the light-hitting Royals to .320 in the series.

Dallas Braden (4-3, 3.88 ERA) looks to restore order. The lefthander is 3-3 with a 3.59 ERA in eight starts since being moved from the bullpen into the rotation. Braden will not have to worry about reigning AL Player of the Month Melvin Mora, who will miss a sixth straight game due to a strained left hamstring.

Mora hit .418 with eight home runs and led baseball with 32 RBI in August.

Baltimore, which is coming off an 0-6 road trip, sends rookie Chris Waters (2-1, 5.45) to the mound. Waters is 1-1 with a 6.61 ERA in his last three outings. The lefthander allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 10-9 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Baltimore is winless in three meetings between the teams.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 8 0 11 7 1
    BALTIMORE 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - DALLAS BRADEN, JERRY BLEVINS (6TH), JOEY DEVINE (7TH), KEITH
    FOULKE (8TH), BRAD ZIEGLER (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    BAL - CHRIS WATERS, BRIAN BASS (6TH), BRIAN BURR

    Sep 5 10:06 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY RAJAI DAVIS (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE 8TH
    OFF RANDOR BIERD SCORED AARON CUNNINGHAM, ERIC PATTERSON AND BOBBY
    CROSBY.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11, BALTIMORE 2
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.287, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    Athletics 11, Orioles 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 5 9:40 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO BOBBY CROSBY SCORED JACK HANNAHAN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B CROSBY ON FIRST, E PATTERSON ON SECOND, A
    CUNNINGHAM ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    BALTIMORE 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E BROWN (.247, 1-FOR-4)

    Athletics 7, Orioles 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 5 9:33 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ERIC PATTERSON SCORED DARIC BARTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E PATTERSON ON FIRST, A CUNNINGHAM ON
    SECOND, J HANNAHAN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    BALTIMORE 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R SWEENEY (.288, 1-FOR-3, SF, RBI)

    Athletics 6, Orioles 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 5 9:29 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO AARON CUNNINGHAM SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A CUNNINGHAM ON FIRST, J HANNAHAN ON SECOND,
    D BARTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    BALTIMORE 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E PATTERSON (.189, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Athletics 5, Orioles 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 5 9:27 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JACK HANNAHAN SCORED RAJAI DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HANNAHAN ON FIRST, D BARTON ON SECOND, K
    SUZUKI ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    BALTIMORE 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: A CUNNINGHAM (.308, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics 4, Orioles 2  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 5 9:22 PM
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    Athletics 2, Orioles 2  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 5 8:27 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LUIS MONTANEZ SCORED OSCAR SALAZAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L MONTANEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    BALTIMORE 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J CASTRO (.205, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 2, Orioles 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 5 8:21 PM
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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RYAN SWEENEY SCORED JACK HANNAHAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A CUNNINGHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.245, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 2, Orioles 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 5 8:14 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ERIC PATTERSON SCORED DARIC BARTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CUNNINGHAM ON SECOND, J HANNAHAN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R SWEENEY (.288, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 1, Orioles 1  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 5 8:12 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN ROBERTS SCORED LUIS MONTANEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ROBERTS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    BALTIMORE 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.275, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 0, Orioles 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 5 7:46 PM
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