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 in a back-and-forth duel that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours.
The Athletics led 5-0 in the second inning and 8-6 in the eighth, yet fell behind on each occasion before rallying back.
After Baltimore scored three runs in the eighth to go up 9-8, Oakland pounded Johnson (1-1) for six runs on six hits and a walk in the ninth. The Orioles fell to 41-1 when leading after eight innings.
Chris Carter and Brandon Hicks homered for the A's, who have won 12 of 14, and Seth Smith tied a career high with five RBIs.
Johnson got the first out in the ninth before Carter and Brandon Inge singled. Derek Norris tied it with a bad-hop single and, after a walk to Brandon Moss, Weeks put Oakland in front for good with a single to left. Coco Crisp followed with a two-run single and Smith doubled in two ...