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Instant Replay: A's 6, Padres 4

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Instant Replay: A's 6, Padres 4

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OAKLAND Petalumas Jonny Gomes snapped an 0-for-34 slump as a pinch-hitter with a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning as the As beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 to up their season-long win streak to five games.Starting pitching report: Tyson Ross allowed no hits through five innings and was briefly in line for his third win of the season with six solid innings in his first big-league start since May 30.Manager Bob Melvin said before Saturdays game that he wanted to see improvement on Ross secondary pitches. Ross was perfect in the first inning, striking out both Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley on sliders.Ross wasnt as sharp in the second inning, hitting Carlos Quentin with a pitch to put the leadoff man on. Quentin advanced to second on a wild pitch and catcher Kurt Suzuki bailed Ross out on two other pitches way outside the strike zone. But Ross recovered to escape unscathed as he worked a fly out from Mark Kotsay and groundouts from Yonder Alonso and Cameron Maybin.The third inning was an enigma for Ross, as he went first-pitch fly out, walk, first-pitch fly out, walk to start the frame. Headley swung at another slider for a strikeout, though, to get Ross out of the self-inflicted jam.Ross issued his third walk of the game with one out in the fourth, but erased it with a strike em out, throw em out double play. Alonso swung through a slider for Ross fourth strikeout of the afternoon and Suzuki gunned down Kotsay to end the inning. Suzuki allowed steals on 16 consecutive attempts this season, but has since tossed out six of the last nine would-be thieves.Three straight fly balls to the outfield helped Ross cruise through the fifth, but his no-hitter and shutout bid both came to an end in the sixth. After back-to-back strikeouts, Ross issued his fourth walk to Headley, who came around to score on Quentins fifth home run, a shot that barely cleared the yellow line above the out-of-town scoreboard in left.Ross completed the inning, but was replaced by Sean Doolittle to start the seventh with the As leading 3-2.His final line: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.Bullpen report: Doolittle, who entered the game having struck out 10 of the 19 batters he faced since his call up on June 4, gave up a double to Alonso to lead off the seventh. He then went strikeout, walk, strikeout, before giving up a bases-clearing double to Will Venable for a 4-3 Padres lead. Both hits in the inning off the southpaw Doolittle were from left-handed batters.One-time closer Grant Balfour got the call in the eighth and soon had runners on the corners. He issued a one-out walk to Quentin, who hustled to third on a single by Kotsay, but got out of the jam when Allen snagged a sharp line drive off the bat of Alonso and doubled up Kotsay at first.New closer Ryan Cook came in for his fourth opportunity of the season and snagged a sharp comebacker from Cameron Maybin and threw to first for a quick out to start the ninth. Cook sruck out John Baker looking and and Jesus Guzman swinging for his third save.At the plate: After scoring at least eight runs in their last four games, the As had a more pedestrian day at the plate on Saturday, finishing with six runs on eight hits.No Athletic reached base until No. 9 hitter Cliff Pennington worked a two-out walk off Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf in the third inning. Pennington promptly stole second, and then watched as Ohlendorf issued a free pass to Coco Crisp. With a chance to drive in the games first run, Weeks worked a 3-2 count to put the runners in motion, but hit a weak fly ball to left to end the threat.The As broke through against Ohlendorf in the fourth inning, as Seth Smith hit home run No. 7, all of which have come as an outfielder instead of as a designated hitter, for a 1-0 lead. Oakland added another run as Colin Cowgill singled to left to drive in Brandon Moss, who had doubled high off the right-field wall to start a two-out rally.Ohlendorf was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning as the As took a 3-0 lead thanks to Pennington and Weeks. The former led off the inning with a single and the latter drove him in with a double to right-center field. Josh Reddicks deep fly ball to right-center allowed Weeks to tag up and advance to third. Padres manager Bud Black then took the ball from Ohlendorf and turned it over to Alex Hinshaw, who drilled Smith before striking out Brandon Inge looking to end the inning.The As went down in order in the sixth, but put together another rally in the seventh. With runners on the corners and lefty Joe Thatcher on the mound, Melvin pinch-hit right-hander Jonny Gomes for the left-hander Smith. After Thatcher fell behind Gomes 1-0, Black made a mid at-bat pitching change, turning to right-hander Luke Gregerson. Blacks move didnt pay off, as Gregerson bounced the first pitch he threw in the dirt, allowing Pennington to score from third standing up to tie the game. Gomes broke the tie quickly, launching a 3-1 fastball from Gregerson deep into the left-field seats. The two-run homer snapped an 0-for-34 streak as a pinch-hitter for the veteran from Petaluma.Weeks and Cowgill finished with two hits apiece, while Crisp, Reddick, Inge and Suzuki were all hitless.

A's starter Paul Blackburn removed from game after being hit by line drive

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A's starter Paul Blackburn removed from game after being hit by line drive

A’s starter Paul Blackburn left Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning after a liner struck him on the right wrist.

Blackburn was in obvious pain after the Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini hit the line shot back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fifth at Camden Yards. The ball hit Blackburn flush, and he exited the field shortly after being visited by team trainer Nick Paparesta.

There was no immediate word from the A’s on the severity of his injury. But it was a very unfortunate turn of events for Oakland’s rookie, who largely has impressed in 10 starts since being called up from the minors. He got through four scoreless innings Tuesday, showing sharp form after giving up 18 hits over his previous two starts.

Simon Castro came on in relief as the A’s led the Orioles 5-0 in the fifth. Ryon Healy has homered twice for Oakland.

A's give up four home runs, drop series opener to Orioles

A's give up four home runs, drop series opener to Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones called it a game the Baltimore Orioles needed to win.

The center fielder set the early tone, and the rest of the team followed his lead.

Jones hit a pair of home runs, Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot and Baltimore beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Monday night. The Orioles won for the second time in six games, but they are still in the thick of the wild-card race.

"Adam's done that a lot and it never goes unnoticed or unappreciated or assumed, more importantly," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Jon obviously had a big blow there, but can't tell you how hard it is, as hard as Adam plays as long as he plays, and then mid-to-late August you're still able to do that. That's one of the things that separates Adam."

Wade Miley (7-10) held the A's to two runs, five hits and four walks over six-plus innings to pick up his first win at Camden Yards since June 17. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against Oakland this season.

Jones tied a career high with four hits and is one home run shy of reaching 25 for the seventh consecutive season. Zach Britton got the final out with two runners on for his 11th save this season and his 60th in a row.

Baltimore beat Chris Smith (0-3) for the second time in 12 days. Smith allowed five runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings - his shortest start of the season. He was pulled after allowing Schoop's three-run homer, which made it 5-1. Ryan Dull entered and allowed another homer by Jones.

"I always feel strong at this time of the season," Jones said. "It's called pacing myself. I've learned how to pace myself over the years."

Jed Lowrie homered for the A's, and Boog Powell hit his first career home run in the eighth inning, appropriately enough doing so in Baltimore, where an unrelated Boog Powell slugged 303 home runs and won the 1970 MVP.

"It didn't seem real," said Powell, who made his major league debut earlier this season with Seattle and was acquired in a trade earlier this month for Yonder Alonso.

The younger Powell is expected to meet his namesake for the first time Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Welington Castillo responded for Baltimore with a solo home run in the eighth off Michael Brady that provided the 7-3 lead.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Matt ChapmanChad Pinder was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on the play.

The Orioles tied it in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Mark Trumbo. Jones led off the fourth with a homer and Baltimore never trailed again.

"He's a good hitter for a reason. It's tough," Smith said about Jones. "You try to attack his zones, and it seems like I make a good pitch and he breaks his bat but he finds somehow to put it in the outfield."

MACHADO HONORED:
Manny Machado became the third Oriole to earn AL Player of the Week honors this season, joining Schoop (July 23) and Tim Beckham (Aug. 7). Machado batted .385 (10 for 26) with four home runs and 12 RBIs over six games.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell, who took a foul ball off his face mask Saturday at Houston, did not start for the second consecutive game. He entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and went 0 for 2. . SS Marcus Semien left in the seventh with a wrist injury.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) went 0 for 3 with a walk on Monday in his first rehabilitation game with Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT:
Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (3-1, 3.46 ERA) received a no-decision after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his lone appearance against Baltimore on Aug. 11.

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 6.47 ERA) struggled in his previous outing against Seattle, when he was charged with six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He is 4-1 with a 4.70 ERA in eight career starts against Oakland.