McCarthy Helps Pitch A’s To 5-2 Win Over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brandon McCarthy won for the first time this season, pitching seven solid innings, and Eric Sogard hit a two-run home run in a three-run second as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Friday.

Oakland has won three straight for the second time this season and moved a game over .500 for the first time since May 18, 2011.

In McCarthy’s first five starts, the Athletics scored 10 runs.

McCarthy (1-3) gave up two runs and five hits, walked three and struck out four. Ryan Cook struck out four Orioles in the eighth inning, with Adam Jones reaching on a wild pitch.

Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

Jake Arrieta (1-2) allowed four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 for Baltimore.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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