By Kahlil Najar
BALTIMORE – Manny Machado hit his 25th homer of the year to beat the A’s 8-6. At one point the A’s had a 4-0 lead but then gave up six unanswered runs.
“Anytime you have a 4-0 lead, you feel you’re in a pretty good position to win the game,” said manager Bob Melvin. “Just a three-run homer..and that’s what they do is hit home runs… got them right back in it.”
Melvin is referring to a three-run homer by Adam Jones in the bottom of the fifth off of starting pitcher Brad Mills.
“I would have loved to get through another inning or two, especially if you’d told me it would go extras like that, but I gave it my best,” said Mills on his performance tonight.
The A’s got on the board in the top of the second when Coco Crisp hit a line drive single to center field and scored Brett Lawrie who had singled earlier in the inning. Billy Burns grabbed his 26th RBI of the year in the fourth inning when he drove in Billy Butler to make it a 2-0 Oakland lead.
The A’s added two more runs in the top of the fifth when Stephen Vogt hit his sixteenth homer of the year with Josh Reddick on board to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the fifth is when Jones hit his three-run homer and in the bottom of the seventh the Orioles grabbed three more runs on the back of a Chris Davis home run to make it a 6-4 game.
Oakland showed signs of life in the ninth when they earned two run to tie the game on Phegley ground out and a Danny Valencia single to make it a 6-6 game and have the game go into extras.
In the bottom of the 13th Aaron Brooks came in to replace Drew Pomeranz who appeared to be injured and promptly gave up the two run shot to end the game.
The A’s are now 51-66 and Drew Pomeranz was charged with the loss to take him to a 4-5 record.
Both teams head back at it tomorrow when Chris Bassitt (1-4, 2.48) takes on Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 4.45).