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Streaking Athletics Cruise Past Orioles 6-1

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Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics tags Jim Thome #25 of the Baltimore Orioles out at home plate in the eighth inning during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics tags Jim Thome #25 of the Baltimore Orioles out at home plate in the eighth inning during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE (CBS/AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter hit two-run homers to back an effective pitching performance by Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Saturday night for their ninth win in 10 games.

Jemile Weeks had three hits and scored twice for the surging A’s, who are on course for the best July in franchise history. They’re 18-3 (.857) this month, and need only one victory in the next three games to finish with a better winning percentage than the 1931 club (26-7, .788).

Oakland can reach the mark by completing a three-game sweep Sunday.

Colon (7-8) scattered seven hits over 5 2-3 shutout innings, striking out five and walking one, to earn his first win in six starts since June 12. The 39-year-old is 12-8 with a 3.10 ERA lifetime against Baltimore, dating to 1998 when he pitched for Cleveland.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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