Ellis' Walk-Off in 10th Pushes A's Over O's

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 10:53 PM CDT
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts hits the ground after forcing out Oakland Athletics' Jack Hannahan during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 7 2008.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – 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.