- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 6, 2001


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cory Lidle's job was easy. The rest of the Athletics did most of the work.
Jason Giambi, Terrence Long and Jermaine Dye homered as Oakland routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-6 yesterday for its fourth straight win.
Lidle (10-6) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. The key, obviously, was run support.
"It puts you in a comfortable position where you know one pitch is not going to kill you," he said.
Oakland, which began the day with a 9-1/2-game lead in the AL wild card race, has won 10 of 11.
"We're grinding it out," A's manager Art Howe said. "We're playing good, solid ball with good, solid pitching."
Baltimore has lost five straight and 13 of 15. Eliminated Monday from playoff contention, the Orioles are already assured of their fourth straight losing season.
"You have to go through the ugly, tough times which we are to get to where we want to be," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "If it was easy, anybody could do it. There's no shortcuts."
Giambi was in the lineup as designated hitter for the A's after leaving Tuesday night's game with a tight left hamstring.
He extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his two-run homer off Calvin Maduro (3-5) in the fourth, the A's first hit. It was his 33rd homer of the season.
Giambi scored his brother, Jeremy, who had walked. Two outs later, Long hit a solo shot.
Jerry Hairston narrowed the gap in the fifth inning with a two-run homer off Lidle, who has won six of seven decisions.
The A's broke it open in the sixth on consecutive RBI singles by Long, Miguel Tejada, Greg Myers and F.P. Santangelo. Frank Menechino added a run-scoring double and Dye hit a sacrifice fly.
Santangelo hit an RBI double and Menechino added a run-scoring single in the seventh. Dye hit his solo home run in the eighth.
Baltimore scored two runs on Chris Richard's double off Mike Magnante in the eighth and Luis Matos hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Jim Mecir, who was activated from the disabled list just before the game.
More than 30,000 fans showed up for Cal Ripken Jr. Day at Network Associates Coliseum, marking the Ironman's final game in Oakland.
Ripken, who is retiring at season's end, was in the lineup as the Orioles' designated hitter and took a curtain call after his last at-bat in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-7 with a double in his last series ever against the A's.
A fan in the left-field seats hung a banner reading "Thanks Cal." As usual, Ripken took time to sign autographs after the game.
"It's getting more emotional now, with the reactions of the fans, the signs and the outpouring of support and love," he said. "It's been moving but also a great environment and atmosphere to be in."

Tuesday's late game
Barry Zito won his sixth straight start at Network Associates Coliseum and Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer as the A's beat the Orioles 5-2.
Oakland kept winning with another quality performance by its young rotation and another big hit by Chavez, who had five homers in the last four games against Baltimore.
Chavez's (1-for-4) first-inning drive off Jason Johnson (10-11) was his 24th homer of the season, giving him a career-high 89 RBI.
Zito (12-8), who went 5-1 with a 1.02 ERA in August, pitched six innings of two-hit ball.
Jason Isringhausen earned his 28th save.
Cal Ripken hit his 600th career double.

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