Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/28/12
A back-and-forth duel that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours was decided by one final outburst by the Oakland Athletics. Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson, and the Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 on Friday night. Thanks mostly to Johnson, the Orioles were 41-0 when leading after eight innings. Now they're 41-1 because Johnson couldn't make Baltimore's last comeback stand up. The Orioles trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 8-6 in the eighth before rallying on each occasion. But Baltimore had no answer for Oakland's big ninth inning. ''It was like a heavyweight fight. Both teams just battled. It was one of the better games I've seen,'' Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. ''Of course you want to be on the winning end of that because of how much you put into it.'' After Baltimore scored three runs in the eighth to go up 9-8, Oakland pounded Johnson (1-1) for six runs on six hits a...
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