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A’s win season-high five straight game

OAKLAND – The Oakland Athletics sprayed doubles all over the field. What a change to have the offense clicking like this.

“About time, that’s what I’m thinking,” leadoff man Orlando Cabrera said.

“We worked on it in batting practice,” quipped Adam Kennedy of the extra-base hits.



Jason Giambi hit a three-run double that helped rookie Trevor Cahill end a three-start losing streak, and the A’s won their season-best fifth straight game with a 9-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Cabrera and Kennedy each doubled twice and drove in two runs, including getting back-to-back doubles in the A’s four-run fourth to chase Orioles starter Jason Berken. The first seven hits by the A’s were doubles, but they saw the end to their streak of six straight games with a home run.




Cahill (3-5), who had struggled for run support in recent outings, was staked to a 5-0 lead in the third inning on Giambi’s double against Berken (1-2). Kennedy hit a two-out RBI double, then Jack Cust and Matt Holliday each drew walks to load the bases for Giambi.

“You can’t walk hitters to get to a hitter like Jason Giambi,” Berken said. “Those are the things that are really inexcusable.”

Cahill struck out five in six innings and didn’t walk a batter for the second time in 12 starts.

“Get the lead early and I kind of relax and go after hitters,” Cahill said. “Every time I go out there I feel a little more comfortable.”

Nolan Reimold hit a three-run homer in the seventh for the Orioles off reliever Brad Ziegler. A’s starters have won five in a row for the first time since May 21-27 last year. Oakland has scored five or more runs in five straight games for the first time since doing so in eight straight from Sept. 9-16, 2007.

Berken was tagged for a career-high nine earned runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings in his third major league start after allowing only three earned runs total in his initial two outings. Gregg Zaun singled in a run in the seventh for the Orioles, who have lost four straight and six of seven.

“We sure made Oakland a real good offensive club the last few nights,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

The A’s won consecutive series for the first time in 2009 and have outscored their opponents 35-8 during this winning streak. The eight doubles matched an Oakland record, done three other times and last on June 26, 2005, against San Francisco. Baltimore also matched a franchise record for doubles allowed, the fourth time the club has given up eight and first since the Yankees did so on July 29, 2007.

“That’s nice, because it means they’re hitting line drives,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “Guys are hustling out of the box.”

Giambi’s left calf tightened up and he was replaced by Bobby Crosby in the fifth. It wasn’t considered serious.

Baltimore’s offense finally showed some life. The Orioles had scored only six runs in the past five games, getting six or fewer hits in four of those.

Trembley shook up his lineup to try to get his club on track offensively after a 9-1 loss in the series opener Friday night. Aubrey Huff dropped from his regular cleanup hole to the fifth spot and Adam Jones moved down to third from the No. 2 hole, with Nick Markakis batting second.

Baltimore’s Felix Pie left the game after fouling a ball that bounced off the dirt and hit him in the throat.

Pie, who was leading off the third inning, grabbed his throat in pain and athletic trainer Richie Bancells rushed to assist him. After several minutes, Pie stepped back in to hit but struck out swinging two pitches later against Cahill. Once back in the dugout, he was escorted to the clubhouse and then replaced by Reimold.

Pie was taken to the hospital for a CT scan and the club didn’t have any further update.

Marlins 5, Giants 4.

MIAMI – The rain didn’t dampen Andrew Miller’s spirits – or his pitching.

Hanley Ramirez hit two of Florida’s five doubles, leading Miller and the Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Saturday night.

Miller (2-2) was perfect through four innings, retiring the first 12 batters on just 33 pitches. He allowed one earned run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings and won for the first time in four starts.

Most of the game was played in a steady drizzle.

“It felt good to go out there and I cruised for a few innings,” Miller said. “The big thing for me was I’ve been struggled a lot out of the stretch lately. I felt like when I was in the stretch I was making a lot of good pitches. I was able to command everything.”

Down 5-2, the Giants loaded the bases in the ninth against closer Matt Lindstrom. Reliever Leo Nunez gave up Aaron Rowand’s two-run single before striking out Edgar Renteria to end it and get his second save.

“We had the tying run on third and we were still fighting,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I thought the guys did a good job of battling out there.”

The start of the game was delayed 84 minutes because of rain.

“It’s hard to pitch in the major leagues when it’s perfect conditions,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I commend (Miller) on how well he handled the situation.”

It was 2-all when Ramirez hit a one-out double in the Marlins fifth off Jonathan Sanchez (2-5). Jorge Cantu followed with a go-ahead double and Cody Ross walked.

Justin Miller relieved and Ronny Paulino hit a two-run double.

“You’re going to miss some pitches and they’re going to make you pay,” said Sanchez, who had a season-high seven strikouts.

Bengie Molina led off the fifth with a double. After Pablo Sandoval hit an infield single, Andres Torres drove a fly ball into the right-center field gap that drove in Molina and Sandoval.

Torres bumped into first baseman Cantu while heading for second and second-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth immediately called interference. Torres continued to run but stumbled and fell between second and third and was tagged in a rundown.

Torres was awarded second base because of the interference call, but Miller retired the next two batters to end the inning with the game tied.

“We didn’t give up and that’s all you can ask for,” Molina said.


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