The Oakland A’s hadn’t swept a series all year heading into this afternoon, but were only one win away from getting it done against the Baltimore Orioles at the Coliseum. And behind some clutch hitting and a great outing from the bullpen the A’s finally got their first sweep of the season by a score of 6-4.
Guillermo Moscoso (W 2-0) did alright for the A’s this afternoon, making it five full innings allowing four runs on five hits, with two walks and only one strikeout. From there the bullpen took over, allowing only two hits combined over the last four innings of the game, including Brain Fuentes’ 11th save of the season.
The A’s offense started early with an RBI single from Josh Willingham, then watched as the O’s put up a four spot against them in the top of the fifth. Oakland battled back to take the lead with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, including a three run jack from Willingham, his ninth of the year. The A’s added one more with a Daric Barton sacrifice fly in the sixth, then the bullpen took over to lock the game down.
Zach Britton (L 5-3) lasted five and 2/3 innings for the O’s, getting roughed up for 10 hits and six runs over that span, including three walks and three strikeouts.
With the win the A’s move back to .500 baseball with a 27-27 record. Full box score can be found here.
The A’s will begin a three game set with the New York Yankees starting Monday, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Trevor Cahill (6-2 2.02 ERA) will be on the mound to take on Bartolo Colon (2-3 3.77 ERA) for the Yankees.
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