OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- While it's too early to tell if Oakland's
shakeup this week will bring results, the Athletics got a rare win.
Larry Sutton, playing in just his second game with Oakland, hit
a three-run homer Wednesday as the Athletics held off the Baltimore
Orioles 7-6 to snap a four-game losing streak. Sutton started for the A's in left field after the team traded
Jeremy Giambi to the Philadelphia Phillies for utility man John
Mabry. Esteban German, called up from Triple-A Sacramento with Sutton
and Adam Piatt on Tuesday, went 2-for-4 and scored twice. His bunt
single in the first was his first major league hit. "To have two guys who weren't even here two days ago scoring
runs -- it was fun,'' A's manager Art Howe said. "And it was a lift
for the other guys.'' The A's have won just four of their last 18 games. Erik Hiljus, who had lost his last two starts, nearly blew
Oakland's 6-2 lead in the fifth. Brian Roberts' sacrifice fly to
center scored Brook Fordyce before Chris Singleton's two-run single
made it 6-5. Hiljus allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Mike
Fyhrie (2-3) earned his second career win with 2 1/3 innings of
scoreless relief. Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Calvin Maduro (2-4) allowed six runs and 10 hits over four
innings. He walked two and did not strike out a batter. "They're a high-ball hitting team and I left the fastball up
all day,'' Maduro said. The Orioles took an early 1-0 lead on Jeff Conine's RBI single
in the first inning. The A's went ahead 5-1 in the second. Terrence Long's double to
the wall in left center, and Long scored on Ramon Hernandez's
single to right. German singled before Sutton's three-run homer off Maduro.
Sutton had gone 0-for-3 in his Oakland debut Tuesday night. "Yesterday I was a little nervous, a little excited,'' he said.
"Today I just relaxed a little bit more and just did what I do.'' The Orioles narrowed it to 5-2 in the third. Roberts walked,
stole second and scored when third baseman Eric Chavez lost
Singleton's popup in the sun. The A's added a run in the fourth on Dye's RBI grounder. Eric
Byrnes had an RBI single in the eighth. The Orioles got the final run in the ninth. Jay Gibbons, who
doubled, scored on shortstop Miguel Tejada's throwing error. "We spotted them too many runs early,'' Orioles manager Mike
Hargrove said. "We had a little tough luck in that second inning
but they also hit some balls hard. We got close but we couldn't
close the gap.'' Sutton was starting in left for Giambi, who was shocked he had
been traded. "I felt like I fit well into this philosophy,'' Giambi said.
"They were looking at things to spark this team and help it win.'' Adam Piatt, also brought up from the River Cats on Tuesday,
started Wednesday in right field. To make room for German, Sutton and Piatt, the A's had optioned
first baseman Carlos Pena, second baseman Frank Menechino and
reliever Jeff Tam to Sacramento. "This isn't a rebuilding situation,'' insisted A's general
manager Billy Beane. "These are fringe moves.''
A's 3B Eric Chavez was back in the lineup after missing
Tuesday night's game because he wasn't feeling well. ... DH Roberts
was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. He was expected to
take over a majority of games at second for Jerry Hairston. "Brian
is a very good player,'' Hairston said. "When he's out there, I'm
rooting for him. Obviously they want to go in that direction.
That's fine. I feel I've been doing a decent job.'' ... Baltimore's
leadoff batter Melvin Mora has reached base in 32 of 38 games this
season. ... The Orioles stole four bases against the A's for the