McCarthy Pitches A’s Over Orioles, Win 3rd Straight

BALTIMORE (CBS / AP) — Brandon McCarthy won for the first time this season, pitching seven solid innings, and Eric Sogard hit a two-run home run in a three-run second as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Friday.

Oakland has won three straight for the second time this season and moved a game over .500 for the first time since May 18, 2011.

In McCarthy’s first five starts, the Athletics scored 10 runs.

McCarthy (1-3) gave up two runs and five hits, walked three and struck out four. Ryan Cook struck out four Orioles in the eighth inning, with Adam Jones reaching on a wild pitch.

Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

Jake Arrieta (1-2) allowed four runs on four hits in 5 2-3 for Baltimore, which had a four-game winning streak snapped and failed to go six games over .500 for the first time since July 20, 2005.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead when Nolan Reimold led off the first with a double off McCarthy to increase his hitting streak to 12 games. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis.

Oakland took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second off Arrieta. Kila Ka’aihue walked with one out, and scored on a two-out double by Kurt Suzuki. Sogard, who was inserted into the lineup because Luke Hughes was scratched because of illness, hit a home run to right field—his second.

In the sixth, Josh Reddick homered to right for the Athletics— his third of the year—to make it 4-1. It was his sixth home run in 24 games against the Orioles. Reddick added an RBI single in the eighth.

Before the home run, Arrieta (1-2) had retired nine straight.

Baltimore scored a run in the sixth on a double by J.J. Hardy and an RBI single by Jones.

NOTES: Athletics OF Coco Crisp stole his 26th consecutive base in the eighth inning. … Orioles RHP Jim Johnson returned to the team after spending four nights at a local hospital because of food poisoning. … Baltimore reinstated INF Robert Andino from the paternity list and optioned RHP Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk. … Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg tackled a fan who ran onto the field during the seventh inning stretch and eluded police. When the fan slid into home plate, Kellogg pounced on him. … The Orioles have scheduled LHP Wei-Yin Chen (1-0, 2.60) for Saturday against RHP Tyson Ross (1-0, 2.13).

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