The Baltimore Orioles picked up another win on the road against the Oakland A’s, improving to 13-14 on the season. While the bats have been fairly quiet for the past few games, they came alive today.
DJ Stewart reached on an error to begin the Orioles six-run third inning and it was all uphill for the Orioles that inning. Austin Hays had a two-run single that scored all three runners on base after a Matt Chapman error. Trey Mancini had an RBI single, Ryan Mountcastle had a sacrifice fly and the scoring finished with Maikel Franco scoring on a wild pitch.
Stewart added on two more runs in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run to make it 8-0 Orioles. Although it has only been a week since they scored as many runs on April 25, they could not score more than four runs a game against the Yankees. This was a big sigh of relief for the team.
Matt Harvey gave the Orioles 5.2 innings of work, allowing four hits, two runs, three walks and one strikeout. Cole Sulser and Dillon Tate each gave up a solo home run, but it was not enough for the A’s.
The win puts the Orioles in a tie for third place in the AL East with the Yankees. They currently sit a half-game back from Toronto and four games back from Boston.
The Orioles will go for the series sweep on Sunday and will send Bruce Zimmermann to the mound. In his last outing against the Yankees on April 27, Zimmermann gave up nine hits and four runs in only 3.2 innings of work. He will be searching for an improved start.
Oakland will send Sean Manaea to the mound, who pitched five innings of one-run baseball against the Rays on April 26.
The game is set for a 4:07 p.m. EST start from RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, Ca.