BALTIMORE, Md.-- Adam Jones Homered and had three RBIs, Brian Roberts hit a grand slam as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Friday night to gain ground in the wild-card race.
Both Orioles' players connected in a six-run fourth inning that put Baltimore up 6-3. Earlier the A's rallied to take the lead, Jones drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run seventh.
Francisco Rodriguez (2-0) got the win and Jim Johnson managed a perfect ninth for his 40th save after blowing the previous three attempts.
Historically, this is the Orioles first season series win over Oakland since 1998. They've won four of five with two to play.
The Oakland A's got the offensive game started in the earlier innings. They had just four hits with runners in scoring position in a three- game mid week series against Seattle.
Crisp and Brandon Moss hit solo shots to right field in the third, even though Norris. It was the 12th homer of the season for crisp, the second in two games after a run of 18 games without one.