A’s pound five home runs, drop O’s, 10-3
Baltimore — The Oakland A’s launched five home runs off Orioles pitching Wednesday night to drop the Birds, 10-3.
The Oakland bats wasted little time, with right fielder Chad Pinter taking Orioles starter Dan Straily (L, 0-1) deep in the top of the 2nd inning.
In the following frame, A’s third baseman Matt Chapman smoked an RBI double to center field, scoring shortstop Marcus Semien, who singled earlier.
One batter later, designated hitter Khris Davis drove in Chapman on a soft single to center, making it 3-0.
The 4th inning was no better for Straily as he allowed a two-run home run to second baseman Jurikson Profar.
Straily was relieved by left hander Josh Rogers, who was just called up for Norfolk. Straily allowed five runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Rogers wouldn’t fair much better, though he did provide some length for a bullpen that is already taxed early in the season.
Rogers allowed five runs on four hits, three of those home run, including two to Davis, over 3 2/3 innings of work. Davis would finish with three hits and four RBIs.
Meanwhile, A’s starter Frankie Montas (W, 2-1) had no such issues. Montas opened the game retiring the first 12 batters he faced.
The only signs of life for the Orioles offense came in the 5th inning.
Trailing 7-0, first baseman Trey Mancini continued his solid start by hitting a solo home run to right center field.
Mancini’s blast was followed immediately by a single off the bat of designated hitter Renato Nunez.
Third baseman Rio Ruiz then skied a two-run homer onto the flag court in right field, cutting the A’s lead to 7-3. It was Ruiz’s first home run as an Oriole.
However, Baltimore would muster only one more hit for the remainder of the game, and Oakland ended all thoughts of a comeback by putting up three runs in the top of the 7th.
The Orioles will attempt to split the four-game series tomorrow afternoon in the finale of the series against the A’s.
Dylan Bundy (0-0, 7.36) will take the mound for the Birds. The A’s will counter with Aaron Brooks (1-1, 4.09).
First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 pm.