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A’s 9, Orioles 1

Jack Cust and Matt Holliday both went deep Friday night as the A’s have now hit 12 home runs in their last six games. Remarkable considering everyone’s struggles at the start of the season. Coming into Friday, the A’s had 44 home runs, which ranked third-to-last in the American League.
 
Cust had an MRI on his lower back Friday afternoon and said he’s still not 100 percent, but he’s managed to hit homers in two of his last three games. 
 
Dallas Braden continues to be Oakland’s most consistent starter as he went seven innings Friday for the third time in four games. He also matched a career-high with seven strikeouts as he won for the second time in three starts. Oakland starters are now 8-4 with a 2.88 ERA over their last 18 games.
 
Holliday’s three-run homer in the fifth inning off of Mark Hendrickson was hit first off of a left-handed pitcher since July 21, 2008 (the Dodgers’ Eric Stults). Holliday is batting .370 (30-for-81) over his last 24 games.

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