BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones homered early and later added an RBI groundout that gave Baltimore the lead for good in the seventh inning, and Brian Roberts belted a grand slam that helped the Orioles rally for a 9-7 victory over the Oakland A's on Friday night at Camden Yards.
Jones hit a two-run homer in the third inning and finished with three RBIs. Roberts' grand slam gave him four RBIs and Nick Markakis provided some insurance with an RBI single in the seventh.
The seventh inning turned the game around as the Orioles (69-58) scored three runs for a 9-7 lead
Nate McLouth walked against Jesse Chavez and stole second. McLouth went to third when Manny Machado singled off Ryan Cook (5-3) and scored the tying run when second baseman Eric Sogard made a fielding error on a Chris Davis grounder.
Machado moved to third on the play. He scored when Jones hit a slow grounder to third. Josh Donaldson threw out Jones, but Machado came home to make it 8-7.
Matt Wieters then reached on an infield single and Markakis drove in Davis with a single to center that gave Baltimore a 9-7 lead.
Francisco Rodriguez (2-0) got the win after retiring Oakland (71-56) in order in the seventh. Jim Johnson broke a recent slump and picked up his 40th save, throwing eight strikes on nine pitches in a perfect ninth.
The Orioles pulled to within two games of the A's in the wild-card race.
The A's outhit the Orioles 12-7, led by Coco Crisp's 4-for-5 effort. Baltimore scored its other six runs in the fourth when Jones got his homer and Roberts added the grand slam.
The A's took a quick 1-0 lead on a Brandon Moss RBI single in the first. Crisp and Moss helped the A's improve their lead to 3-0 in the third with solo homers off Orioles starter Bud Norris.
The Orioles bounced back in the fourth, scoring six runs and knocking Oakland starter Dan Straily out of the game. Davis led off with a walk and scored when Jones hit a two-run homer.
Baltimore then loaded the bases with one out before Roberts crushed a 1-1 Straily fastball over the right-field fence for a grand slam and a 6-3 lead.
But Norris immediately ran into trouble and couldn't make it out of the fifth as the A's scored four times. Crisp got his third hit and scored from first on Lowrie's RBI double. Lowrie then came in on a Donaldson single to make it 6-5.
Norris eventually loaded the bases with two outs and Troy Patton came on in relief. Sogard greeted the left-hander with a two-run single to give Oakland the lead back at 7-6.
NOTES: Roberts now has six career grand slams, and it was the team's fourth of 2013. ... Jones' home run in the third extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... The A's reacquired C Kurt Suzuki on Friday. They traded him to Washington late in 2012 after he played 5 1/2 seasons in Oakland. Injuries left Stephen Vogt as the team's lone catcher. ... RF Seth Smith returned to the lineup for the first time in six days after dealing with issues from an astigmatism. Smith underwent LASIK surgery.