BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 27: A young fan celebrates during a game between the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Athletics Vs. Orioles: Oakland Misses Out On Sweep, Still Takes Series

Oakland couldn't manage the three-game sweep, but they're still on a roll.

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Athletics Vs. Orioles Final Score: Oakland Can't Manage Sweep In 6-1 Loss

The Oakland Athletics entered Sunday in sole possession of second place in the American League West. They attempted to sweep the Baltimore Orioles in order to assure they'd finish the weekend in second place, but they stalled out with a 6-1 loss. Still, another series win is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Travis Blackley gave up a big inning in the bottom of the third, allowing four runs to the O's on an RBI double from Adam Jones and a home run from Matt Wieters. Baltimore made it 5-0 in the fifth inning on a Wieters RBI groundout.

The A's finally got a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Yoenis Cespedes that went into center field over the glove of a leaping Omar Quintanilla and scoring Jemile Weeks. That would prove to be the only offense that Oakland would manage, although Baltimore got one last insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a Quintanilla home run.

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Athletics Vs. Orioles Final Score: Oakland Rolls To 6-1 Win

The Oakland Athletics continued their fantastic month of play with another victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. The A's coasted to a 6-1 win to claim the series and have an opportunity to sweep on Sunday.

Yoenis Cespedes blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the A's a quick 2-0 led. It was the 14th home run of the year for Cespedes. Eric Sogard added to the lead with an RBI single in the fifth. A Chris Carter home run in the sixth scored Cespedes and made it 5-0, while a Cespedes RBI triple in the eighth pushed that lead out to 6-0.

Nick Markakis managed a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but that ended up being the last gasp for the Orioles, who managed 10 hits but were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Cespedes was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Jemile Weeks had a three-hit game. Bartolo Colon held the O's scoreless for 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits and no walks.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Athletics Close To Acquiring George Kottaras

The Oakland Athletics are looking to improve their team for this season without sacrificing pieces that are in the plan for future years, and it appears they're close to doing just that on Saturday afternoon. According to a report, the A's are nearing a deal with the Brewers to acquire catcher George Kottaras.

Here is the latest from Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Kottaras, 29, is a solid option at catcher both at the plate and behind the dish. He is hitting just .209 this season, but his on-base percentage of .409 is phenomenal. This numbers is aided greatly by a 25% walk rate, which is unheard of. That number will come down a bit, but Kottaras will still be a valuable piece for the A's.

Oakland has received very little production from any of their catchers this season, so expect Kottaras to see plenty of playing time.

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Athletics Vs. Orioles Final Score: Oakland Blows Lead, Still Wins Wild Game 14-9

It's safe to say that everything is going right for the Oakland Athletics at this point. Even when things go horribly wrong, they still manage to go right. For example, during Friday night's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles, the A's took a two-run lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, gave up three runs and still ended up winning 14-9.

The A's took a big early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning on an RBI triple by Josh Reddick, an RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes and a two-run homer from Chris Carter. A Brandon Hicks homer in the second made it 5-0 Oakland.

Chris Davis hit a home run in the bottom of the second and J.J. Hardy added an RBI single to cut into the A's lead. The Orioles took their first lead of the game with a four-run inning of their own, in the bottom of the fifth with a Hardy RBI single and a three-run homer from Adam Jones.

The A's reclaimed an 8-6 lead in the top of the sixth with a three-run Seth Smith double. Unfortunately, the Oakland bullpen was unable to hold onto that lead and gave up another three runs in the bottom of the eighth, as RBI singles by Hardy, Jim Thome and Davis gave the O's a 9-8 lead.

The top of the ninth was Baltimore's turn to blow the led, as they coughed up a back-breaking six runs. The runs came on RBI singles from Derek Norris, Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp and another big double from Smith. That would be the coup de grace by the A's, who held on to pick up yet another win.

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Athletics Vs. Orioles Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The A's try to keep their winning ways going in Baltimore. They visit the Orioles for a three-game series.

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