7:05 PM ET, April 23, 2007
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
• Summary: Nick Swisher hit two home runs, including a drive that sparked a five-run fourth inning against Erik Bedard, and the Oakland Athletics ended the Baltimore Orioles' four-game winning streak.
• Turning point: Bedard retired the first nine batters before giving up five hits and a walk in the fourth. Although he has more than a quarter of Baltimore's 11 wins, the left-hander also has an unsightly 6.11 ERA.
• Unsung heroes: The A's output in the fourth inning surpassed their run total in 14 of their first 18 games.
• Figure this: It was the sixth time in seven games that an A's starter yielded one run or less, and the 16th consecutive game in which Oakland starters permitted no more than three runs.
• Elias Says: The A's have not allowed a first-inning run in any of their 19 games this season, tying a major league record.
-- ESPN.com news services
Athletics 6, Orioles 5
Orioles reliever Scott Williamson faced one batter before leaving with tightness in his right triceps tendon. ... Oakland is 7-1 when scoring more than three runs. ... LHP Dallas Braden was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and will start in his major league debut Tuesday. ... Baltimore's Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Oakland has won 12 of its last 14 at Camden Yards.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 4-4 (as of Mon 4/23)|
|» Mon 4/23||OAK 6, @BAL 5||Box Score|
|Tue 4/24||OAK 4, @BAL 2||Recap|
|Fri 5/25||OAK 3, @BAL 2||Recap|
|Sat 5/26||@BAL 8, OAK 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/27||@BAL 8, OAK 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/20||BAL 6, @OAK 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/21||@OAK 4, BAL 3||Recap|
|Sun 7/22||BAL 2, @OAK 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Athletics | Orioles|
|4th||N Swisher homered to left, S Stewart scored.||2||0|
|4th||M Ellis grounded out to shortstop, M Piazza scored, B Crosby to third.||3||0|
|4th||B Crosby scored, T Walker to second on wild pitch by E Bedard.||4||0|
|4th||J Kendall singled to center, T Walker scored.||5||0|
|6th||B Roberts homered to right.||5||1|
|8th||A Huff homered to right, B Roberts and N Markakis scored.||5||4|
|9th||N Swisher homered to right.||6||4|
|9th||B Roberts singled to center, J Payton scored, C Patterson to third.||6||5|
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|Stadium||Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD|
|Attendance||13,862 (30.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||81 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Bill Miller|