A’s Give Up 4 Runs In 7th, Lose To Orioles
OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Robert Andino hit a go-ahead bases-loaded double in the seventh inning, Josh Bell added a two-run single and the Baltimore Orioles picked up a rare victory on the road with a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Tommy Hunter (2-2) allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win with Baltimore. The right-hander, who struck out three and walked one, had been winless in two starts since being acquired in a trade from Texas on July 30.
Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds both homered to help the Orioles begin a 10-game road trip with a victory following a 3-7 homestand.
David DeJesus doubled and scored while Brandon Allen added three hits for the A’s, who have dropped four straight.
The Orioles managed only two hits off Oakland left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-11) through the first six innings before scoring four times in the seventh.
Adam Jones and Vladimir Guerrero both singled before Gonzalez walked Wieters to load the bases. After a strikeout, Andino greeted reliever Fautino De Los Santos with a deep double over the head of center fielder Coco Crisp to drive in Jones and Guerrero.
Bell, batting only .143 coming into the game, followed with a bouncing single up the middle. Wieters and Andino both scored easily to make it 5-2.
It’s only Baltimore’s fourth win in its last 18 games on the road. The Orioles also won for just the second time in 14 games at the Oakland Coliseum since the start of the 2008 season.
Hunter, 1-1 as a reliever for Texas before being traded to Baltimore as part of the trade that sent pitcher Koji Uehara to the Rangers, pitched with runners on base in every inning but kept the damage to a minimum.
He also got help from the Orioles defense, which turned a double play in the second to end an Oakland threat. Wieters also threw out Jemile Weeks trying to steal, the 28th runner the Baltimore catcher has caught this season.
Hunter allowed 10 hits and improved to 5-0 in six career starts against the A’s.
Michael Gonzalez pitched 1 1-3 innings and Kevin Gregg worked the ninth.
Oakland, outscored 23-8 while getting swept in a three-game series by Texas over the weekend, lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell a season-low 15 games under .500.
Gonzalez took his fifth straight loss, giving up four runs and four hits while walking three to raise his majors-leading total to 72.
Wieter’s hit a 1-2 pitch from Gonzalez off the green cement facing high above the wall in center field with two outs in the second. The home run was Wieter’s 11th of the season and first since July 17.
The A’s strung together four consecutive hits in the bottom of the inning to go in front.
Josh Willingham singled and scored on DeJesus’ double to left center. Allen followed with a base hit before Cliff Pennington’s RBI single gave Oakland a 2-1 lead.
It stayed that way until Baltimore scored four times in the seventh.
Reynolds, who had been mired in a 1-for-28 slump with 14 strikeouts, homered off Trystan Magnuson in the ninth.
Notes: The A’s set an Oakland record with their 92nd consecutive game with two home runs or fewer. … A’s manager Bob Melvin expects Conor Jackson to be out a few days after the first baseman woke up with a sore neck. … Baltimore INF Chris Davis was not in the starting lineup in order to rest a sore shoulder. … 3B Josh Bell underwent a CAT scan on his left side which proved negative. … LHP Brian Matusz (1-4) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start for Baltimore on Tuesday night. Matusz, who carried a 0.56 ERA in his last two starts in the minors, is 2-2 lifetime against Oakland. RHP Guillermo Moscoso (5-6) will go for the Athletics.
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