A’s, Orioles split twinbill

BALTIMORE  Chris Davis homered, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight effective innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Saturday night for a doubleheader split.

Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs in the opener, and the Athletics broke a four-game skid with an 8-4 victory.

In the nightcap, Josh Reddick had a career-high-tying four hits for Oakland after going 3 for 5 in the first game. The seven-hit day upped his batting average 41 points to .301.

In the opener, the A’s amassed a season-high 15 hits to become the last team in the majors to win in May.

The day-night doubleheader was scheduled after rain washed out the first game of the series Friday night. It was the A’s first doubleheader in exactly two years.

Hahn allowed four earned runs and eight hits over 5 ⁄ innings. It was his second start since being recalled from the minors on April 30.

Oakland scored a couple of early runs, led 6-0 in the sixth and cruised behind veteran left-hander Rich Hill.

Hill gave up two hits and a run over 5 2/3 innings. Relying heavily on a sweeping curveball, he struck out five and permitted only one runner past first base over the first five innings.

“It was just one of those days where the curveball was working and we were able to spot up some fastballs,” said Hill, who is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA on the road.

Semien put Oakland up with an RBI single in the second inning. Stephen Vogt hit a sacrifice fly in the third, Josh Reddick doubled in a run in the fifth and Jed Lowrie hit a two-run double in the sixth.

Semien, the No. 9 batter in the order, made it 8-1 in the eighth with his team-leading eighth home run.

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