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The Oakland Athletics lost a game they normally win. Coco Crisp homered, had four hits and scored three runs as part of a solid offensive showing by the Athletics, who twice gave away leads to the Baltimore Orioles in a 9-7 defeat Friday night. Brian Roberts hit a grand slam and Adam Jones homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles, who rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 7-6. ''There were a lot of things I liked today. We just didn't pitch well,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''Offensively, we did some really good things. I thought the effort level, energy was really good today. I was happy with everything today other than the result.'' A's starter Dan Straily allowed six runs, four hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings. Although he walked off the mound with the A's trailing 6-3, the right-hander avoided losing his sixth straight decision when Oakland took the lead with a four-run fifth. Crisp hit his 12th home run and tied a career high for hits. It was his eighth game o...
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