OAKLAND, Calif. - Well, that was one way to respond to a tough one-run loss on Friday night.
The Orioles scored seven runs on eight hits in the top of the first inning tonight at the Oakland Coliseum. They knocked A’s starter Sean Manaea out after he got just one out - and that was an out at the plate.
The seven runs ties for their biggest inning of the year and matches their highest run total for any one game on this road trip. They beat the A’s Thursday night 7-2.
Manaea had allowed 12 runs over 6 1/3 innings his previous two starts and he didn’t fare any better here, allowing six hits and six runs in 1/3 of an inning. He was replaced by right-hander Michael Bradley, who allowed the seventh run of the inning.
Shortstop Tim Beckham began the game with a walk and scored on Manny Machado’s RBI double. Jonathan Schoop singled to put two on for Adam Jones, who doubled to left. Machado scored, but Schoop was cut down at the plate 7-6-2.
Trey Mancini’s RBI single made it 3-0 and Chris Davis singled home the fourth run, ending Manaea’s night. A Welington Castillo fielder’s choice grounder made it 5-0 and Beckham’s two-run double to left-center plated the sixth and seventh runs. That gave Beckham a 12-game hitting streak to begin his O’s career.
The Orioles batted 11 men and had eight hits in 10 at-bats in the top of the first. The A’s fans cheered Bradley when he recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the second.
Staked to the big lead, Dylan Bundy allowed a two-run homer to Khris Davis in the last of the first, his 32nd. The inning ended with the Orioles leading 7-2. In the second, Matt Olson homered to bring Oakland within 7-3.
Janish to retire: An Oriole for parts of the last three seasons, infielder Paul Janish has announced that he will retire from baseball after the end of the 2017 season. Rice University has announced that Janish has accepted an assistant coaching position on the Owls’ baseball team.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was thrilled to hear about Janish’s upcoming new position.
“That makes everybody that heard the news kind of nod and go, ‘That’s great.’ Rice is a great school,” Showalter said. “He’s a quality human being. His priorities are a good husband, a good father and then try to be a good shortstop. He’s got things in order. Paul’s a pro.
“He’ll do real well there and he’ll understand the people part of it, too. I’m happy for him and his family. It’s that time in their life.”
Janish batted .196/.235/.239 for the Orioles in 99 plate appearances from 2015-2017. He is 2-for-26 (.077) for the Orioles this year and is currently playing for the club’s Triple-A Norfolk affiliate.
Showalter was asked if he would have liked to have Janish continue working for the team.
“It’s tough to compete with Rice and being at home with your family,” Showalter said. “He’s from Houston. No, this is a good move for his life and family. We would have figured out a way to keep him around if he didn’t want to play any more, but this is probably a better move for him career-wise.”