The Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 8-1 on Sunday and in doing so, ended the Oakland winning streak at 13 games.
Two homeruns by Austin Hays (2 for 3, 3 R, 3RBI, 1 BB), a solo shot in the 2nd inning and a two-run bomb in the 4th inning, really were all the Orioles needed on this day.
The Orioles used the pitching of John Means and a five-run 8th inning to put the game away. Maikel Franco (1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB) led off the 8th inning with a homer to left-center. Pedro Severino filed out to center. Ryan Mountcastle then walked and stole second base, Hays walked before Freddy Galvis flied out to center. Walks to Ramon Urias and Ryan McKenna plated a second run. Cedric Mullins (3 for 5) reached base on a fielder’s choice as an error by Elvis Andrus allowed the O’s to plate a third run. Trey Mancini’s (1 for 4, 2 RBI) two RBI single finished the Baltimore scoring.
Means made a quality start, which was exactly what the O’s needed. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits over 6.1 innings while walking 3 and striking out 6. Adam Plutko and Paul Fry pitched 1.2 innings combined to bridge the game to Zac Lowther (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) who was making his MLB debut.
Ramon Laureano’s 4th inning homerun was all the scoring the A’s could do against Orioles pitchers.
2021 Record: 9-12
Next Game: Mon. April 26 @ 7:05pm