The Oakland Athletics decided to take pity on the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The A's didn't manage the sweep as Baltimore won by a final score of 9-5. The win keeps the Orioles just one game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.
The A's struck first as Josh Reddick connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. The home run was the 29th of the year for Reddick.
The Orioles answered back with a run in each of the following four innings. Matt Wieters homered in the second, J.J.Hardy tied the score with an RBI single in the third, Wieters homered for a second time in the fourth to give Baltimore the lead and Mark Reynolds drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to end the day for Oakland starter Dan Straily.
The O's delivered the killing blow in the seventh inning with another three runs, thanks to an RBI double from Manny Machado and an RBI single from Endy Chavez that made it 7-2.
Stephen Drew hit a home run in the eighth inning to get two of those runs back for Oakland and close the gap to 7-4, but RBI hits in the top of the ninth from Robert Andino and Chris Davis pushed the O's lead back to 9-4. The A's attempted to mount one more comeback in the bottom of the ninth and pushed a run across on an RBI single from Reddick, but couldn't manage any more.
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