By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – Now, two games behind the first place Texas Rangers. They increased their lead in the American League and could very well win the division. In the meantime, being three up over three teams in the Wild Card race is not so bad.
The A’s rallied back to beat the Orioles 5-2 and have won eight of their past nine games. A sensational start since the month of July and Oakland has continued to get better. Every player on this roster has contributed to the success of the team, it’s contagious to be great.
“We’re not having to string as many hits together to score runs as we did earlier in the year,” manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s something to that when your down in games and get somebody on to tie, I think Stephen’s home run had that effect on us today.”
The Oakland’s offense soared in the third frame. Collecting five runs in one inning was enough to tie the game and extend their lead. Stephen Drew leadoff the inning with a solo home run. Zach Britton walked Coco Crisp and hit Jonny Gomes to put to runners on base.
“That was big,” Jarrod Parker said. “That kind of got us going. Early on I think we were a little dead. He was able to put a great swing on the ball and I think it kind of jump-started everything that happened that inning.”
Josh Reddick’s RBI single tied the game and Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single to center field. Chris Carter cleared the bases with a two-run double. Derek Norris flew out to right field and Britton struck out Drew to end the frame. He lasted only four innings giving up four hits, five runs (all earned), two walks, four strikeouts and one home run.
“It’s an easy recipe for success. Don’t walk guys and I have success,” said Zach. “Right now it’s just a small adjustment with my front side. It’s an easy fix but when your out there in a situation you tend to over think it.”
Baltimore for the second night got on the board early but failed to maintain their lead. In the second while Mark Reynolds was at-bat, Parker threw to first for the pick-off attempt. Adam Jones advanced to third and Reynolds RBI double gave the Orioles a lead 1-0.
Nate McLouth’s solo home run in the third put them up 2-0 and that was it for the offense. They had another opportunity in the fourth when Jones leadoff the inning with his second single and Chris Davis followed with a double. Adam was out at home on throw from left fielder Cespedes to short stop Stephen and catcher Norris.
“I did slow down the first couple of steps right before third base,” Adam said. “That’s something I never do, I score on the balls down the line, I score on most doubles because that’s how it works. I’m still frustrated about it right now, because having a chance to score 5-3 with no outs, man second base, it changed the dynamics of the game, rather than 5-2 with a man on second.”
Reddick doubled then advanced to third on a wild pitch. After walking to batters, Steve Johnson loaded the bases in the seventh. Josh Donaldson flew out to right fielder Endy Chavez and Derek popped out to third baseman Manny Machado to end the inning.
“It’s kind of crazy how this team works sometimes,” said Drew. “It’s 2-1 and then I come up again for the second time in a inning. That’s a good feeling to have on this team, that anybody, anytime can produce.”