Baltimore (57-66) at Oakland (71-53)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 24, 2004
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Mark Mulder thought he could have pitched better when he faced the Baltimore Orioles last week.

He’ll try to do just that as he looks for his major league-leading 17th win in the second game of the Oakland Athletics’ four-game set against the Orioles at Network Associates Coliseum.

Mulder allowed four runs and six hits over eight innings Wednesday in a 5-4 win at Camden Yards. He threw 91 pitches, but his strike-ball ratio of 50-41 was uncharacteristic.

“That’s not him,” A’s manager Ken Macha said.

The 27-year-old left-hander, who has won three of his past four decisions, said he was not locating his pitches as well as he could.

“I was just battling, trying to stick around long enough to let the offense come around,” Mulder said.

The A’s, who have a half-game lead over the Anaheim Angels in the AL West, have won six of their last seven, including a 4-3 win in Monday’s series opener.

Jermaine Dye, who had missed the previous three games with a strained left thumb, hit a tying two-run single in the sixth, and Adam Melhuse followed with a go-ahead single.

Baltimore began a 13-game road trip, the club’s longest since the 2000 season, by losing its seventh straight game. The Orioles were swept by the A’s in three games at Camden Yards last week.

Miguel Tejada, who won the 2002 AL MVP award with the A’s, returned to Oakland for the first time since signing a $72 million, six-year contract with Baltimore last offseason. He went 0-for-3.

Tejada said he cried when he drove into the Coliseum parking lot for the first time in 10 months.

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S. Ponson KC vs. M. Mulder LAA
11-15 Record 17-8
5.30 ERA 4.43
115 K 140
69 BB 83
1.55 WHIP 1.36