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Oak 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 5 0
Bal 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
Date of game: 4/27/2012

Recap: Baltimore vs. Oakland

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Eric Sogard hit a two-run home run, while Brandon McCarthy earned his first victory of the season as the Athletics took a 5-2 decision over the Orioles in the opener of a three-game set at Camden Yards on Friday.

McCarthy (1-3) allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings in the start. Ryan Cook struck out four Orioles in the eighth after Adam Jones reached on a wild pitch and Grant Balfour worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

Josh Reddick hit a solo homer and drove in two, while Kurt Suzuki knocked in a run and scored once for Oakland, which has won three straight.

Jake Arrieta (1-2) was touched for four runs on four hits and two walks over his 5 2/3 innings in his start for Baltimore. Jones and Nick Markakis each had an RBI in the loss as Baltimore saw its four-game win streak come to an end.

"He gave us a chance to win tonight," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter about Arrieta. "It wasn't as good as he's capable of, but we score a few more runs and see if he can get in a rhythm."

Baltimore manufactured a run in the home half of the first when Nolan Reimold ripped a leadoff double and came around to score on consecutive fly balls from J.J. Hardy and Markakis.

Oakland struck for three runs in the second -- all with two outs. Kila Ka'aihue worked a one-out walk and Suzuki stroked an RBI double around a Seth Smith strike out before Sogard followed with a blast to right field, giving the Orioles a 3-1 edge.

"That's huge, answering right back, especially with two outs like that," said Sogard of his two-run blast. "We fed off that, kept going and McCarthy did too and did very well."

Oakland pushed the margin to 4-1 in the sixth as Reddick launched a one-out homer to center field for his third of the season.

Baltimore answered in the bottom half when Hardy ripped a one-out double before scoring on Jones' single to right-field two batters later to pull the O's within 4-2.

The A's tacked on some insurance in the eighth as Coco Crisp worked a two-out walk and swiped second after Matt Lindstrom replaced Troy Patton. Reddick then plated Crisp with a single to center field to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The A's began their second road trip of the season on Friday, a nine-game, 10- day trip to Baltimore (three games), Boston (three games) and Tampa Bay (three games)...Saturday's matchup features righty Tyson Ross for the A's against southpaw Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles...Baltimore left seven on base and went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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