Dropping the first two games of the series against the A’s, the Orioles came into today looking to salvage one game but fell short as the dropped the game 6-4. Guillermo Moscoso took home the win and Zach Britton was handed the loss.
Oakland jumped ahead in the first on two singles and a walk against Britton. Daric Barton got on with a single to left field and Conor Jackson drew the free pass. Josh Willingham came up with the RBI single to left field to give the A’s the early lead.
The Birds got on the board in the fifth with four consecutive singles to start the inning. J.J. Hardy, Mark Reynolds, and Robert Andino loaded the bases and Felix Pie drove in the run, keeping the bases full. Nolan Reimold drew the walk to bring in the second run, giving the O’s their first lead of the series. Nick Markakis grounded out to first base but was able to break up the double play and plate Andino. With another ground out RBI, Vladimir Guerrero brought in the fourth run.
The A’s came right back in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles by Cliff Pennington and Coco Crisp. Jackson drove in Pennington on an RBI single. With two men on, Willingham went deep to left field, giving Oakland the one run lead.
They added another in the sixth as Ellis and Kouzmanoff got lead off singles. Pennington moved them up 90 feet on a sac bunt and Ellis came in to score on a sac fly by Barton.
Britton gave up his career high in runs and had the first double digit hit game against him. He went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits. He walked and struck out three on 97 pitches. Britton’s stuff just wasn’t enough as Oakland continued to get base hits off him today. He wasn’t missing by much but the offense connected and got the ball where the fielders weren’t playing to drive the starter out of the game.
Jeremy Accardo came on in relief for 1.1 innings, retiring all four batters he faced. Kevin Gregg took the mound in the eighth, loading the bases on three walks before finishing it off.
Moscoso went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits. Craig Breslow came on in the sixth to give up only a walk to Reynolds. Andrew Bailey took over in the seventh to retire the side in order. Grant Balfour pitched the eighth, facing the minimum three hitters. Brian Fuentes came on to close the game.
The offense had a few chances but could not come through with clutch hitting. They left six on base and were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, getting only seven hits. They sent only three to the plate in four innings.
The O’s got their first base hit in 20 innings with a double by J.J. Hardy in the second inning. He was the only Oriole with a multi-hit day, going 2-for-3 on the day. Reynolds stayed perfect in stolen base attempts, going to 3-for-3, taking second in the sixth inning. Vladimir Guerrero kept his hitting streak going to 14 games with a single to right field in the eighth inning. Adam Jones was taken out of the game due to a sore shoulder.
Tomorrow, the O’s head to Seattle, sending Jake Arrieta (6-2) to the mound to face Doug Fister (2-5) in the day game.