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Roberts hits grand slam and Johnson closes out Orioles' win over A's
Roberts hits grand slam and Johnson closes out Orioles' win over A's

Given the rallies and momentum swings in the Orioles' series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, it became a game the Orioles needed to win to not only gain ground in the playoff chase but also boost the team's psyche. The biggest boost, might have come from struggling closer Jim Johnson, who turned in his most dominant outing in weeks to record a perfect ninth inning and seal a 9-7 victory before an announced 36,761 at Camden Yards. The Orioles offense did its job, highlighted by second baseman Brian Roberts' sixth career grand slam, but seeing Johnson dominate the final inning — needing just nine pitches, eight strikes, to retire the A's in...

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