Suzuki plays part as A’s edge Orioles
BALTIMORE – Kurt Suzuki doubled and scored the tying run in the sixth inning of his first game back with the Athletics, Coco Crisp homered to lead off the ninth and Oakland defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Saturday.
Suzuki, who was acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals on Friday, finished 1-for-3 for the A’s, with whom the Baldwin High School graduate also played from 2007 to 2012.
Oakland’s Jarrod Parker (10-6) gave up one run, five hits and three walks to improve to 8-0 in 16 starts since May 22. Grant Balfour got three straight outs for his 32nd save as the A’s won for the first time in four games.
Crisp homered off Darren O’Day (5-3). Crisp, who had thought he’d received ball four earlier in the at-bat, instead homered in a third straight game.
“Tried to bunt, tried to walk, and I was still in the at-bat and I was able to get a pitch,” Crisp said.
Suzuki was with the A’s for their game on Friday, but did not play. Before the game, he was quoted on the team’s website as saying that manager Bob Melvin “wanted to give me (Friday) to get my stuff situated. I’ll be ready every day.”
Ryan Flaherty homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of 11.
“In the playoff race, it’s important. Every game is important,” said Baltimore’s Chris Tillman, who permitted one run in eight innings and tied a career high with nine strikeouts.