Final in 12

Series: Game 1 of 3

Oakland leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 26
in 12
Game 2: Wednesday, August 27
Game 3: Thursday, August 28

Orioles 1

(61-70, 28-38 away)

Athletics 2

(77-55, 45-21 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 26, 2003 Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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    W: M. Wood (2-0)

    L: J. Parrish (0-1)

    Pinch-hitter Hatteberg's single wins it

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Terrence Long doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Scott Hatteberg's bases-loaded single in the 12th inning as the Oakland Athletics won their fourth straight, 2-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

    With a marathon victory at the start of a six-game homestand, Oakland remained tied atop the AL West with the Seattle Mariners, who beat Tampa Bay. Both teams have a one-game lead in the AL wild-card race over the Boston Red Sox, who lost to Toronto.

    Long led off the 12th with a double to the left-center gap against John Parrish (0-1), and he advanced to third on Tim Raines Jr.'s throwing error. After Baltimore walked two batters to load the bases, Hatteberg drove Hector Carrasco's pitch through the drawn-in infield to center.

    Ramon Hernandez prevented a Baltimore run earlier in the 12th with an exceptional tag at home plate.

    Mike Wood (2-0) hit Luis Matos with a pitch, then bounced a pickoff throw past Erubiel Durazo at first, allowing Matos to reach third. When Jeff Conine grounded back to the mound, Wood threw home -- and Hernandez caught the poor throw, did a pirouette on his knees and reached back to tag Matos' foot at the plate.

    The Orioles lost their third straight and fell to 0-4 at the Coliseum this season.

    The A's bullpen was exceptional behind rookie starter Rich Harden, who walked six batters in five shaky innings. Chad Harville and Keith Foulke retired 12 of 13 while pitching two scoreless innings apiece among the bullpen's seven scoreless innings.

    Baltimore's Jason Johnson remained unbeaten in six starts since July 25. He shut out the A's into the seventh, but Mark Ellis' solo homer ruined Johnson's chance to set a new career high with his 11th victory.

    Nursing a 1-0 lead, Johnson had retired 13 straight and hadn't allowed a runner past second base until Ellis hit a full-count pitch into the left-field stands in the seventh. It was just the 13th homer of the light-hitting second baseman's career.

    Johnson kicked disgustedly at the mound after watching the ball land in the seats. He allowed five hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out five.

    Harden was horrifically wild in his fourth straight poor start since beginning his career with four outstanding starts. He started 16 of the 23 hitters he faced with a ball, walking at least one batter in each of his five innings.

    Harden allowed three hits and struck out five, but the Orioles didn't get a run until the fifth. Brook Fordyce hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on two grounders, the last by Jeff Conine.

    Game notes

    Ellis still has a turf burn on his right hand from diving at SkyDome last week. ... LHP John Halama will start for Oakland on Thursday in the series finale. It will be Halama's second start in place of Mulder, who was in the A's clubhouse on Tuesday night, supporting himself on crutches. ... Johnson is 10-5. He also won 10 games in 2001. ... The Orioles are back at the Coliseum for the second time in seven weeks. Oakland swept a three-game series from Baltimore shortly before the All-Star break. ... Matos stayed on the ground for three minutes after Wood hit him on the left wrist. He left the game in the bottom half of the 12th.

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