Orioles swept by A's for 6th straight loss
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —
Andrew Triggs allowed two hits over seven innings, Khris Davis and Matt Olson drove in runs and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat Baltimore 2-1 Sunday and extend the Orioles' losing streak to six games.
Pedro Alvarez put the Orioles ahead in the second inning with his seventh home run, a drive into the right-field bleachers. But he made a costly error at third base as the Orioles lost their 12th straight road game and dropped to 8-26, the worst record in the American League. Baltimore's 26 errors are the second-highest total in the AL to 30 by Texas,
Matt Joyce doubled leading off the fourth, and Mark Canha hit a high chopper that pitcher Alex Cobb (0-4) grabbed in front of the mound. Cobb threw to third and Joyce started heading back to second. But Alvarez, playing third for just the sixth time this season, dropped the ball and then threw it into short right field.
Alvarez's defensive problems prompted Pittsburgh to shift him to first base in 2015. He is primarily a designated hitter for the Orioles.
With runners on second and third, Davis hit a run-scoring groundout, and Olson doubled off the glove of center fielder Craig Gentry, who tried for a diving catch in front of the warning track in left center as the ball tailed away from him.
Triggs (3-1) struck out nine and walked none, retiring his last 12 batters. Lou Trivino pitched a perfect eighth, and Blake Treinen finished the three-hitter for his fifth save in seven chances as Oakland complete a three-game sweep and extended its home winning streak to five.
Pinch-hitter Trey Mancini singled leading off the ninth, and Gentry sacrificed. Jace Peterson grounded out as Mancini held, Manny Machado was intentionally walked, and Chris Davis flied out.
Cobb yielded two runs — one earned — and five hits in six innings. He gave up 17 earned runs over his first 11 2/3 innings with the Orioles after signing a $57 million, four-year contract, but has allowed three runs over his past 12 innings, lowering his ERA from 13.11 to 7.61.
IN THE MINORS
Oakland RHP Kendall Graveman made his second start in the minors since his demotion. He allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville with five strikeouts and one walk.
Orioles: OF Adam Jones and Mancini were held out of the starting lineup. Jones was hit on his right wrist by a pitch during Saturday night's 12-inning loss and Mancini apparently aggravated a knee injury making a play in the outfield.
Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (strained right forearm) threw off a mound for the first time since going on the DL.
Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (1-4, 3.76) is slated to start Tuesday against Kansas City in the opener of a nine-game homestand.
Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (0-0, 2.84) faces Houston on Monday. In his first start for Oakland this season, he allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings last Wednesday at Seattle.