Mark Ellis broke out of his offensive funk in a big way. Ellis hit the first game-ending home run of his career with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for a three-game sweep and their fourth straight victory.
Ellis connected on a 1-0 pitch from loser Lance Cormier (0-1), a solo shot that hit the left-field foul pole and stayed fair. Ellis, batting seventh in Oakland's order for the second straight day, was in an 0-for-17 funk—after career-worst 0-for-18 stretch earlier this season—before he singled with two outs in the sixth. The home run was his third this year.