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A's score all their runs in fifth

BALTIMORE (AP) -- It's easy for Mark Redman to sometimes get
overlooked on a pitching staff that includes Barry Zito, Mark
Mulder and Tim Hudson.

The Oakland Athletics don't see it that way, though. As far as
they're concerned, Redman is just as good as anyone when the team
is in dire need of a victory.

Redman pitched eight innings of six-hit ball, and Oakland used a
three-run fifth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Monday
night.

It was only the second win in six games for the A's, who
maintained their slim lead over Texas and Anaheim in the AL West.

"When we need a big game he comes up with it," Oakland manager
Ken Macha said. "We needed a lift and he gave it to us."

Redman (9-9) allowed one run, struck out two and walked one to
improve to 3-1 in his last five starts. He has allowed six hits or
fewer in half his 24 starts this season.

Eric Byrnes and Erubiel Durazo both had two hits and an RBI for
the A's, who rode a fine performance by Redman to get a positive
start to a six-game road trip. The left-hander was 1-4 lifetime
against Baltimore, with his lone win coming in a relief appearance
in April 2000.

Once Redman got the three-run lead, his job became much easier.

"Runs were scarce there for a little bit, but once we got the
three runs there it was nice," he said. "I felt comfortable and I
just went right after the hitters."

Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his 11th save in 15
opportunities. Baltimore got a runner to third with one out before
Rafael Palmeiro appeared to be hit by a pitch, but third-base
umpire Larry Young ruled that Palmeiro swung at strike three.

Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli argued the call, to no avail.

Javy Lopez, who earlier homered, then hit a routine fly ball to
center to end the game.

Replays indicated the Palmeiro followed through on his swing as
he tried to avoid the pitch, but he didn't see it that way.

"I didn't swing. How am I going to swing the bat going to the
ground?" Palmeiro said. "I think he missed it. That was a bad
call."

There's no telling how the game might have turned out if the
call had gone Baltimore's way, but Palmeiro and the Orioles would
have liked to find out.

"With first and third, one out and Javy hitting, it's a
different situation, a different story," Palmeiro said.

It was only the third loss in 14 games for the Orioles, who were
trying to move within a win of .500 for the first time since June
2. The defeat ended Baltimore's eight-game home winning streak.

"We knew we were going to come in here and face a really good
team," Byrnes said. "It was a great win for us."

Miguel Tejada faced his former team for the first time since
signing with Baltimore as a free agent last winter, and went
0-for-3 with a walk.

Orioles starter Erik Bedard (5-7) allowed three runs on eight
hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking three. The
left-hander gave up a total of two runs and eight hits in his
previous two starts, but he was undone by one troublesome inning
Monday.

The A's stranded five runners over the first four innings before
taking a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Mark Kotsay drew a one-out walk and
scored on a single by Byrnes. Jermaine Dye hit a run-scoring
two-out single, and Durazo added an RBI single.

Bedard already had a high pitch count entering the fifth, but
didn't cite fatigue as the reason he yielded four hits and a walk
in the pivotal inning.

"I just got the ball up and they got some hits," he said.

Lopez hit his 18th homer, a solo shot, in the bottom half. It
was the career-high 23rd homer allowed by Redman this season.

"If you want to stay in there for eight or nine innings, even
if they hit a solo home run, you just come right back, knowing that
you still have a two-run lead," Redman said.

B.J. Surhoff followed with a single and took second on a two-out
single by Jay Gibbons, but Brian Roberts grounded out to kill the
threat. Roberts went 0-for-4 after going 17-for-32 in his previous
seven games.

Redman let a grounder to through his legs in the sixth, ending
Oakland's season-high streak of eight straight errorless games, but
the two-out miscue proved harmless.

Game notes
Roberts' run of seven straight games with a double ended.
... Oakland 3B Eric Chavez missed a second straight game with
tightness in his back. ... Orioles OF Larry Bigbie was a late
scratch with a sore groin.