When the Orioles scored four runs in the top of the fifth today it looked like the club might pick up a rare win at Oakland and give Zach Britton his first win since May 1.
But the good vibes didn't last long. Josh Willingham's three-run homer capped Oakland's four-run last of the fifth off Britton as the A's regained the lead and beat the Orioles 6-4 to sweep the series.
Oakland joins Cleveland and Tampa Bay as clubs that have swept the O's in a three-game series on the year. The Orioles fall to 1-12 at Oakland since 2008 and have been outscored 66-36 in those games.
Buck shares his frustration with not being able to avoid the series sweep in Oakland
To make matters worse, Adam Jones left the game before the last of the fourth with a sore right shoulder. Jones went 0-for-2 today but is batting .337 over his last 25 games and is the club's RBI leader with 29.
Britton gave up a season-high six runs, all earned, over 5 2/3 as he falls to 5-3 and his ERA increased from 2.35 to 2.93. Over his last two starts, Britton has allowed 19 hits and nine earned runs over 11 2/3.
Willingham, a career .392 hitter versus the Orioles, had two hits and four RBIs today. In this series, he went 5-for-11 with a double, two homers and seven RBIs.
Vladimir Guerrero extended his O's season-high hitting streak to 14 games with a eighth-inning single. He is batting .361 (22-for-61) during the run.
But the Orioles (24-27) got swept for the sixth time on the year, counting two-game series. They were outscored 16-8 in the series. They had just 19 hits in the games and just one extra-base hit in the entire series, a double today by J.J. Hardy.
Now it is on to Seattle where the Orioles were 0-3 last season. Monday at 4:10 p.m. Jake Arrieta pitches (6-2, 4.57) against right-hander Doug Fister (2-5, 3.18).