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A's ride Jarrod Parker's hot start, CoCo Crisp's late homer to 2-1 win over Orioles

  • Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp, right, celebrates his solo home run, giving the Athletics the go ahead run, with third base coach Mike Gallego, against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 in Baltimore. The Athletics won 2-1.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE — Coco Crisp hit a tie-breaking home run leading off the ninth inning and Jarrod Parker earned his eighth straight win as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Saturday.

After Parker and Chris Tillman waged a magnificent pitching duel for eight innings, Crisp connected on a 3-1 pitch from Darren O'Day (5-3). It was the third home run in three games for Crisp, who had four hits on Friday night.

Parker (10-6) gave up one run, five hits and three walks to improve to 8-0 in 16 starts since May 22. A right-hander, Parker threw 117 pitches and worked out of jams in the sixth and eighth innings.

Grant Balfour got three straight outs for his 32nd save.


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