It was a matchup of a team that has been struggling to score runs against the club with the best ERA in the league.
But the Orioles reversed course tonight and scored 10 runs on 14 hits to beat Oakland 10-1 and even this three-game series. The A’s began the night with a 2.68 team ERA that was tops in the American League and was even better at 1.99 over the A’s previous nine games.
The Orioles offense finally broke out after scoring just 30 total runs on a .216 team average over the past ten games. In that stretch, the Birds had scored three runs or less eight times.
But they scored five runs on six hits in the last of the second to take charge early in this one. The inning featured RBIs from Chris Davis, Robert Andino and J.J. Hardy and a two-run single by Ronny Paulino.
Davis had a big night going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Over his last four games, he is 6-for-13 with three homers and seven RBIs.
His blast down the right-field line in the seventh inning became the 59th homer in Camden Yards history to make Eutaw Street and was the 25th hit by an Oriole.
The Orioles’ 10 runs matched their season-high set April 16 in a 10-inning game at Chicago.
Winning pitcher Wei-Yin Chen gave up just one run over seven innings, throwing 107 pitches. He improves to 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA. Over the last six games, the Orioles are 5-1 and their starting pitching ERA is 1.66 in that stretch.
Losing pitcher Tyson Ross, after giving up three earned runs over his first two starts, was tagged for nine runs (all earned) on 11 hits over four-plus innings. Oakland starters had pitched to an ERA of 2.10 the previous nine games.
With the win, the Orioles improved to 13-8 overall, 7-4 at home and 8-2 when they score four runs or more.