A’s Get O’s Help in 8th Inning Rally for 5-4 Win Over Birds

August 11, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie watches his RBI double against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ben Margot

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

OAKLAND–The Oakland Athletics erased a two-run deficit in the eighth inning Friday night, beating the visiting Baltimore Orioles 5-4. Matt Olson knocked in two runs while the 3-4-5 hitters of Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chad Pinder all knocked in a run. Jonathan Scoop knocked in a pair of runs and Adam Jones launched a solo shot for the Birds. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez retired ten straight A’s by punchout but exited his start with an injury in the sixth inning.

The Orioles crept out to a 1-0 in the second inning after Jones launched his 22nd homer of the year over the out of town scoreboard after starter Paul Blackburn grooved an 89 mph fastball over the heart of the plate.

Jones would add the second run of the game in the fourth inning, but would only wind up with the one RBI. After Manny Machado doubled, Jonathan Schoop singled for first and third with no outs. Jones bounced into the double-play but Machado scored for a 2-0 lead.

The A’s answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Jed Lowrie led off the inning with his league-leading 36th double. Khris Davis followed up with a double of his own off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez to break up the shutout. Jimenez punched out Chad Pinder, but rookie Matt Olson clubbed a 91 mile-per-hour fastball over the wall in centerfield for a 3-2 lead.

Blackburn wouldn’t hold the lead for long, giving up back-to-back one out singles to bring Schoop up to the plate with runners on first and second. Schoop hit a wall-ball double to knock in both runs and hand Jimenez a 4-3 advantage. He would depart after 5 1/3 innings after taking a line drive to the body with one out.

The Orioles vaunted pen couldn’t hold the lead for long though after an eighth inning rally from the A’s. Brad Brach opened the inning by coughing up a double to Matt Joyce. Marcus Semien doubled to put runners at the corners. Jed Lowrie tied the game, fighting off rumors of an impending waiver trade to ground-rule double home Joyce and move Semien to third. Khris Davis flew out in shallow left, but Chad Pinder’s sacrifice to deep right field brought home the winning run. Pinder nearly popped out to first baseman Chris Davis, but the O’s slugger dropped the fly ball in foul territory to get a second chance for the A’s infielder.

Sanitago Casilla picked up the win after pitching a rare 1-2-3 inning in the top of the eighth. Blake Treinen also fired a perfect frame to nail down his sixth save and an A’s win.

Saturday’s contest features of pair of talented young arms, with the O’s Dylan Bundy squaring off against Sean Manaea for the A’s. Both starters boast an identical 4.15 ERA heading into the tilt.

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