Willingham, Crisp Lead A’s Over Orioles
Cliff Pennington had three hits, Jemile Weeks had two and both drove in runs for the A’s, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scott Sizemore, Kurt Suzuki and Hideki Matsui also had RBIs.
Josh Bell drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have lost 15 of their last 19 road games. Vladimir Guerrero and Robert Andino also drove in runs.
Guillermo Moscoso (6-6) won for the third time in his last four starts. He allowed three runs—two earned—on five hits. Moscoso walked one and struck out four.
Brian Matusz (1-5) went 6 2-3 innings in his first start since June 30, giving up six runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out five in losing his fifth straight decision.
Bell was a late replacement for Chris Davis, who was placed on the disabled list with a slight tear in his right shoulder after being in the original lineup.
Willingham’s third-inning home run snapped a five-game homerless streak for the A’s, who have 77 homers on the year.
Crisp’s two-run double in the seventh broke open a close game.
Matsui followed with an RBI single.
Sizemore and Weeks each doubled home a run in the second to help give Oakland the early advantage. Pennington singled home a run and was later thrown out at the plate by Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.
Jones also caught Willingham off first base to complete a double play in the sixth. He now has 13 outfield assists, most by any centerfielder and second most by any major league outfielder.
Bell drove in a run in the third and fifth. Guerrero doubled in a run in the fourth.
Suzuki added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 8-3.
Weeks has 73 hits in his first 59 games with the A’s, an Oakland record.
NOTES: Davis is expected to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Thursday. … Willingham dropped a ball for the A’s 100th error of the season. … A’s INF Conor Jackson missed his third game with neck stiffness. … Orioles LHP Zach Britton (left shoulder) threw five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing a run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk. … RHP Brandon McCarthy will start for the A’s in Wednesday’s series finale. He’s 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. McCarthy is 0-1 in six career appearances, four starts, against the Orioles. RHP Alfredo Simon gets the call for the Orioles. He’ll be making his first start against the A’s, but he is 0-1 with a save in three relief appearances against them. … Guerrero took over sole possession of 89th place on the all-time hits list (2,537) with his fourth-inning double. … With the season series tied at 4-4, the Orioles will look to win their first season series from the A’s since 1998.
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