The Orioles were trailing, 5-0, after two innings tonight. They took a 6-5 lead in the fifth. They fell behind by two runs in the sixth.
Fans booed, fans cheered, fans booed again.
Miguel Socolovich replaced Zach Britton with a runner on first and one out in the sixth. He walked two batters to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Seth Smith cleared them with a double into left-center field.
Hence, the latest round of booing.
Britton is charged with six runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out two, gave up two home runs and threw a wild pitch. Manager Buck Showalter removed the left-hander after 101 pitches (56 strikes).
The Orioles scored once in the second and once in the third to chip away at Oakland’s lead, and Adam Jones shattered it in the fifth with a three-run shot off right-hander Jarrod Parker.
Consecutive one-out singles by Taylor Teagarden, Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy produced another run in the fifth before Jones unleashed his 24th home run - one short of his career high set last year - to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead. He also needs one more to reach 100 for his career.
The Orioles are 17-5 when Jones homers, so good things usually happen. Sixteen of his 24 homers have tied the game or given the Orioles a lead. Thirteen have put them ahead.
The crowd erupted as Jones’ scorching liner cleared the left field fence. The atmosphere is electric tonight, and not just because it’s Floppy Hat Night, which is usually enough to get the ol’ heart racing.
(If it’s possible to look cool while wearing a floppy hat, I haven’t seen it. Sort of like riding in the back of a pickup truck.)
Britton didn’t allow a run after the second inning while he was still in the game. He retired nine in a row before Josh Reddick’s disputed double with two outs in the fifth - umpires reviewed it and didn’t reverse the call - and a walk to Yoenis Cespedes. Socolovich entered with two outs in the sixth after Brandon Hicks walked.
Socolovich walked Jemile Weeks and Coco Crisp, forcing Matt Lindstrom to begin warming, and Smith delivered the big hit.
The only way Socolovich could have looked worse is if he had been wearing a floppy hat.
Tonight’s attendance: 29,278
Update: You just knew there would be more scoring.
Hardy singled off Ryan Cook with two outs in the eighth inning for his third hit and third RBI of the night, Jim Thome singled up the middle to tie the game and Chris Davis poked a single into left field to give the Orioles a 9-8 lead.
The rally started with a leadoff walk to Mark Reynolds and continued with a two-out single by Markakis off left-hander Sean Doolittle - who did plenty. Cook entered the game, and you know the rest.
Jones was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Davis drove in his second run of the night. Thome was thrown out at the plate.
Hardy has his first three-hit game since June 13. He’s driven in three runs twice in the last five games.
Man, this place is loud tonight.
Update II: Jim Johnson gave up consecutive one-out singles to Chris Carter, Brandon Inge and Derek Norris to tie the game, 9-9. It happened after after a diving stop by Reynolds that robbed Cespedes, and it resulted in the closer’s third blown save in 33 save opportunities.
Norris’ single came on a bouncer that eluded two diving infielders and settled into right field.
Johnson walked Brandon Moss - yes, another Brandon - to load the bases, and Weeks dropped an RBI single just inside the left field line to give Oakland a 10-9 lead. Coco Crisp followed with a ground ball into right field that scored two more runs and removed Johnson from the game.
Lots of fans have decided to remove themselves from Camden Yards.
Luis Ayala let both inherited runners score on Seth Smith’s double off the out-of-town scoreboard.
Athletics 14, Orioles 9.
Johnson is charged with six runs, the most he’s surrendered this season. He gave up five against the Twins on July 16.
Ayala has inherited 31 runners this season and 18 have scored.
Update III: Reddick crashed into the out-of-town scoreboard while running down Markakis’ fly ball to stand two runners and end the game. He stayed down for quite a while. Now he’s leaving the field on a cart.
Johnson posted a 1.21 ERA in the first half, but it’s 18.47 since the All-Star break.