Well, for tonight there will be no talk of the American League catching up to Zach Britton.
The rookie lefty had given up 14 earned runs and 25 hits over 16 2/3 over his past three starts, but he was back to his earlier form tonight, getting his sixth win as the Orioles beat Oakland 3-2.
For the Birds, it’s their first three-game home sweep of Oakland since July of 1998.
Britton, who gave up six runs in 5 2/3 against Oakland on May 29, tonight gave up just one run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. He is now 6-4 with an ERA of 3.18. Britton took a two-hit shutout into the sixth and that is when Oakland scored its first run ending a 19-inning scoreless stretch in this series.
In eight home starts, Britton is 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA.
The O’s scored all three runs in the fifth on a J.J Hardy RBI single and a Mark Reynolds two-run homer. It was his 10th of the year and his eighth in 34 games since May 1.
This was the Orioles’ fourth three-game series sweep of the season after they swept Tampa Bay, Seattle and Kansas City.
The Orioles improved to 29-31 on the season with their fourth win over the last five games. They are 10-7 since May 21st.
Orioles pitching gave up just four runs in sweeping the series. The club is off Thursday and hosts Tampa Bay over the weekend.