The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon, snapping Oakland’s 13-game winning streak in its first loss since April 8.
Baltimore’s offense came alive Sunday as Austin Hays hit two home runs to snap a three-game losing streak. In the five-run eighth inning, Maikel Franco began the scoring with a solo home run. Ryan McKenna worked a bases-loaded walk, Cedric Mullins reached on a fielder’s choice and Trey Mancini finished off the scoring with a two-run single.
John Means gave the Orioles 6.1 strong innings of work, allowing two hits, one run, three walks and six strikeouts. The bullpen, consisting of Adam Plutko, Paul Fry and Zac Lowther, combined for 2.2 shutout innings of work.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Orioles’ pitching has done their jobs, particularly the bullpen. It was another solid outing for Baltimore’s ace and another solid bullpen outing.
Lowther made his major league debut after being called up from the alternate site last night when Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment. Lowther allowed only one hit and struck out one batter in one inning of work.
While the Orioles did lose the series against Oakland, they managed to put a stop to the impressive winning streak the A’s put together. The win for Baltimore could set up some confidence for the upcoming week. The A’s deserve a lot of credit for its historical run, especially since it came so early in the season.
Baltimore will welcome the New York Yankees to town tomorrow for a four-game series, as the Yankees recently won the four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, losing the series finale. The Orioles lost the first series in New York, winning the final game in the three-game series after losing the first two games.