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BALTIMORE. Md. -- Coco Crisp led off the ninth inning with a solo home run and Jarrod Parker pitched eight strong innings to win his eighth straight decision as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, on Saturday.

Oakland (72-56) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved three games ahead of the Orioles (69-59) for the second American League wild card spot.

Crisp has hit home runs in three straight games. Jed Lowrie added an run-scoring double and a single for the A's.

Ryan Flaherty's solo home run accounted for the Orioles run.

One day after the teams combined for 19 hits in 9-7 Orioles win, pitching prevailed as Parker and Chris Tillman of Baltimore dueled thru the eighth innings.

Facing reliever Darren O'Day (5-3) to start the ninth, Crisp hit a 3-and-1 slider over the scoreboard in right to give Oakland its first lead of the day.

Parker (10-6) allowed a run on five hits, while striking out five, and pitched out trouble with the score tied in the eighth. He hasn't lost since May 22 at Texas.

Nate McLouth, who had two hits, led off the eighth with a single to left and went to second on Manny Machado's sacrifice. After Chris Davis was walked intentionally, Adam Jones grounded into a fielder's choice, barely beating the relay throw at first base.

With runners at the corners, Matt Wieters grounded out to end the threat.

Grant Balfour pitched the ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced, to earn his 32nd save.

Tillman, in his fourth attempt at notching his 15th victory, threw 115 pitches over eight innings. He allowed a run on three hits, while tying a career high with nine strikeouts and walking two.

The A's didn't get a hit until Lowrie's one-out single in the fourth. He got as far as second before Brandon Moss popped out to end the inning.

Parker retired the first seven Orioles he faced before designated hitter Flaherty golfed a 1-and-1 pitch over the scoreboard in right to make it 1-0.

The A's tied it in the sixth. Kurt Suzuki, playing his first game since being traded back to Oakland by the Nationals, doubled down the left field line with one out.

Suzuki went to third on a ground out by Crisp and scored on Lowrie's double to the wall in right.

NOTES: Yoenis Cespedes is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in the first two games against Baltimore. ... Manny Machado leads the majors with 44 doubles. ... Oakland RF Josh Reddick returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game because of a sprained right wrist. ... A's RHP Bartolo Colon, on the disabled list since Aug. 18 (strained groin) will join the team Monday in Detroit and throw a bullpen session. ... RHP Sonny Gray of the A's will face (1-1, 1.44) face Scott Feldman (3-3, 4.84) in Sunday's series finale.

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