Ellis Has Career-High 5 Hits in A's Win

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Gio Gonzalez took a five-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Mark Ellis had a career-high five hits and four RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore 9-1 on Monday night to extend their winning streak against the Orioles to nine games.

After giving up two hits to start the seventh, Gonzalez (4-2) was pulled following a rain delay of 52 minutes. When play resumed, Craig Breslow got three straight outs to strand both runners in scoring position.

The 23-year-old Gonzalez blanked Texas over 6 2/3 innings in his last start and has won four straight decisions over a seven-game stretch.

The Athletics are 4-0 against Baltimore this season, and their nine-game run against the Orioles is the longest in Oakland history. The A's are 64-27 (.703) versus Baltimore since the start of the 1999 season -- the best winning percentage by any AL team against the Orioles in that span.

Jeremy Guthrie (7-12) allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore. The right-hander avoided adding to his AL-high total of 27 homers allowed, but he took over the league lead in losses.

Luke Scott hit his 19th home run in the ninth inning to ruin Oakland's shutout bid, but the Orioles fell to 6-18 since the All-Star break.

Oakland used four straight hits to take a 2-0 lead in the second. Tommy Everidge singled and Ryan Sweeney doubled before Ellis and Cliff Pennington delivered RBI singles.

The A's used a three-run fifth to make it 5-0. Singles by Rajai Davis, Jack Cust and Kurt Suzuki produced a run before Ellis ended Guthrie's night with a two-out, two-run single to left.

In the ninth, Suzuki doubled in a run, Sweeney hit a two-run double and Ellis finished his big night with an RBI double.


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