Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/22)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 21
Baltimore 6Final
in 14
Oakland 4
Game 2: Wednesday, May 22
Baltimore 6Final
Oakland 7
Game 3: Thursday, May 23
Baltimore 11Final
Oakland 3

Orioles 6

(20-24, 10-13 away)

Athletics 7

(20-25, 12-12 home)

    3:35 PM ET, May 22, 2002 Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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    W: M. Fyhrie (2-3)

    L: C. Maduro (2-4)

    S: B. Koch (8)

    Sutton powers A's to victory

    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

    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.''

    Game notes

    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 second time.

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