Play it again -- Orioles 6, Athletics 1

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Nearly unhittable

Continuing his dominant run, Erik Bedard pitched seven innings, holding the Oakland Athletics to one run, Mark Ellis' sixth-inning home run. It was the only hit Bedard allowed all night. In winning his fifth straight decision, he struck out 11 and walked three. In his past three outings, spanning 23 innings, Bedard has surrendered just one earned run and allowed six hits while striking out 33 batters. He is 9-4 with a 3.12 ERA.

Ellis plays spoiler

The nervous energy at McAfee Coliseum was audible as Bedard took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. But his 1-0 fastball to Ellis caught way too much of the plate, and the A's second baseman hit it over the left-field scoreboard for his ninth home run. Bedard stoically watched the ball's flight and immediately called for plate umpire Bruce Froemming to throw him another ball.

Two-out RBIs

The Orioles scored five of their first six runs with two-out hits after Corey Patterson set up their first run by stealing second and scoring on a hit-and-run. Shortstop Luis Hernandez's two-out single that was booted by left fielder Shannon Stewart allowed the Orioles' second run to score. Ramon Hernandez and Kevin Millar had two-out singles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, and Brian Roberts had a two-run, two-out double in the sixth.

On deck

Off the disabled list, Steve Trachsel (5-6, 4.95 ERA) will start tonight against Oakland's ace right-hander, Dan Haren (10-3, 2.33). Trachsel hasn't pitched since June 29 and hasn't won since June 8. He has allowed five earned runs in each of his past three starts, and hasn't pitched more than 4 2/3 innings in any of them. Haren, the American League starter in last week's All-Star Game, is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles.

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