A’s nip the Orioles 3-2 to win the series opener

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By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND — The A’s bounced back from a tough loss to the Seattle Mariners on Father’s day to defeat the woeful Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Mike Fiers performed well once more and won his seventh game of the season. O’s starter, Jack Cashner, also pitched well. He gave up three runs, two of which were unearned. The O’s defense helped Cashner lose his third of the year. The A’s and O’s have played five times this year and the A’s have won four of the five.

The A’s grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. A’s shortstop Marcus Semien doubled leading off. With the double, Semien extended his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games. With one out, Matt Olson doubled down the right field line to drive in Semien.

The O’s put two unearned runs on the board in the top of the second. O’s DH Pedro Severino led off with a single. The next hitter, Rio Ruiz, laid down a sacrifice bunt that hugged the grass going down the third base line. A’s third baseman charged the ball and threw off-balance. His throw went past first baseman, Matt Olson. Severino scored, and Ruiz ended up on third base. Second baseman Hanser Alberto put down a sacrifice bunt to drive in Ruiz with the O’s second run.

The A’s regained the lead in the bottom of the third. They scored two unearned runs on the strength of two walks, an infield hit, a throwing error and a reversal of call at home plate. Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien walked to start the rally. Matt Chapman reached on an infield single to load the bases with no out. Matt Olson reached on a fielder’s choice. O’s third baseman Rio Ruiz made a throwing error that allowed Phegley to score. Semien was out at second, and Matt Chapman was called out trying to score from first base on the throw, The A’s challenged the ruling and the call was overturned when the replay showed Chappie beat the throw to the plate. The A’s lead 3-2 after three complete.

Mike Fiers pitched well once more. Fiers went 6 2/3 innings of work. His allowed three hits and two runs. Both runs were unearned. Fiers, in his last eight starts, is 5-0 and has an ERA of 2.45. Liam Hendriks pitched an inning and a third and did not allow a hit. Blake Treinen retired the O’s 1-2-3 to record his 16th save of the year.

Game Notes: With the win, the A’s improve to 37-36. Baltimore drops to 21-51. The O’s seem to be channeling the old St. Louis Browns as they own the worst record in the American League. The Browns moved to Baltimore after the 1953 season and became the O’s.

Marcus Semien doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. His batting average during the streak is a stunning .390.

Oakland’s line score was three runs, five hits, and one error. Baltimore’s line was two runs, three hits, and one error.

12,345 people watched the A’s down the O’s and the time of game was two hours and 32 minutes.

Up Next: The A’s meet the O’s Tuesday night at the Coliseum. Game time is at 7:07 pm. Lefty Brett Anderson will pitch for Oakland. Anderson is 6-4 for the year. He pitched well his last time out, but he did not get a win as the bullpen did not do its job that day. Anderson will be seeking his seventh win. He will be opposed by Baltimore’s Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa is 0-3 and has an ERA of 5.02.

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