O's Rally Late to Beat A's, Zito

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O's left fielder Eric Byrnes extends to snag a fading liner off the bat of the A's Mark Kotsay in the fifth inning Monday. (Jed Jacobsohn - Getty Images)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 15 -- Sammy Sosa's 25-foot RBI single highlighted a wild rally by Baltimore, and the Orioles ended Barry Zito's eight-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

The Orioles came back with five runs in the seventh inning thanks to several misplays by the A's, including two hit batsmen, two bases-loaded walks and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby.

Rodrigo Lopez (12-6) pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to win his third straight decision despite trailing for most of the night. Luis Matos added an RBI double in the ninth for Baltimore, which began a six-game road trip.

Crosby ended a 35-game homerless streak with a solo shot in the first inning for Oakland, but he also made a costly error as the sloppy A's lost back-to-back games for the first time since July 6-7 at Toronto.

Zito (11-9) cruised through the first six innings, retiring 17 of his first 19 hitters, but fell apart in the seventh on the way to his first defeat since a 6-1 loss June 17 against Philadelphia.

With the Orioles trailing 2-0, Chris Gomez doubled to start the inning. Melvin Mora popped out, then Miguel Tejada reached on an infield single and Javy Lopez was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

After pitching coach Curt Young visited the mound, Sosa chopped his short dribbler and Zito stumbled as he tried to field it along the third-base line. The lefty walked Alejandro Freire to bring in the tying run moments later.

Jay Gibbons then drove in a run on a routine grounder that Crosby threw wildly past second baseman Marco Scutaro while trying to start a double play. Two runs scored on the play.

Crosby hit a solo shot into the left-field seats with two outs in the first inning for his first home run since an inside-the-park homer July 5 at Toronto, a stretch of 141 at-bats.

After Crosby's homer, Lopez loaded the bases with back-to-back singles to Eric Chavez and Dan Johnson and a walk to Jay Payton. But Lopez got Scott Hatteberg to line out to center, the first of 11 straight outs before Scutaro singled in the fifth.

Lopez allowed two runs and six hits, struck out three and walked two.


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