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A’s hold on to beat NL East contending O’s

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POSTED August 8, 2016 11:41 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — Kendall Graveman pitched seven strong innings, Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth and the Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore 3-2 on Monday night despite another home run from Orioles slugger Manny Machado.

Stephen Vogt homered, scored twice and had two RBIs for the A’s while Butler added two hits.

Machado, who hit home runs in his first three at-bats Sunday, belted his 26th home run of the season off A’s reliever Ryan Dull with two outs in the eighth.

It wasn’t enough to prevent the Orioles from losing and falling into a first-place tie with Toronto in the AL East. The Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 7-5 earlier Monday.

Vogt homered leading off the fourth against Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (3-9), walked and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth and added an RBI single in the seventh.

Adam Jones had three hits for the Orioles.

Oakland scored three runs total while getting swept in a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs over the weekend and didn’t get much going against Baltimore either.

Graveman (8-7) and two relievers made it hold up.

Oakland’s best pitcher over the past two months, Graveman allowed one run and six hits with four strikeouts.

Dull retired three batters and Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Gausman pitched well but remained winless in 12 road starts this season. Gausman struck out six and allowed two runs over six innings.



A’s center fielder Coco Crisp made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Mike Trout of extra bases in the second. The following inning Crisp and right fielder Danny Valencia appeared to have trouble communicating on Hyun-Soon Kim’s one-out fly ball that landed just in front of both men for a single that loaded the bases, one batter before Machado drove in a run.



Orioles: Steve Pearce received a cortisone shot in his right forearm, a move that manager Buck Showalter hopes will prevent the newly acquired outfielder from having to go on the DL. Pearce has been bothered by a flexor mass strain for the past few days.

Athletics: With Sonny Gray and Jesse Hahn on the DL, manager Bob Melvin announced that Ross Detwiler will be called up from the minors Wednesday to make his A’s debut. The left-hander was acquired from Cleveland in a trade on July 17.



Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (7-9) makes his second start since getting traded from Seattle. Miley left his Baltimore debut after taking a line drive off his left calf in the fifth inning.

Athletics: RHP Zach Neal (1-1) will come out of the bullpen to make his second career start. Neal has not allowed a run in three relief appearances since July 21.


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