BALTIMORE (AP) – Let a SoCal man describe what happens to his NoCal team.
“It’s just tubular,” said A’s mug Cole Irvin.
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The Oakland Athletics celebrated their 12th straight win on Friday night – the club’s longest winning streak in nearly two decades – and beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.
Irvin of Anaheim, California paused in the sixth inning to keep the A going.
Oakland’s string is the longest since winning a franchise record of 20 in a row in 2002. It is the third-longest streak in athletics since moving to Oakland in 1968 and the longest of the majors since Houston’s 12-game run of 6. -18. June 2018.
Ramón Laureano scored for homer and Irvin won for the first time in almost two straight years as the A’s improved to 13-1 since losing their first six games.
“We’re absolutely into this and we’re having a lot of fun,” said Irvin. “Even when we were doing this little six-game skid, there was no panic in the locker room. In the past few years I’ve seen that it definitely encompasses a room. The boys were more together in those six games.
“At the moment the mood is really now. You are high. We’re enjoying riding the wave right now, ”he said.
Baltimore has lost seven of its eight home games.
Irvin (2-2) had recently won two starts in a row, his first two career starts for Philadelphia in May 2019. After finishing six innings against Detroit on Saturday, he was able to hamper the Orioles for five innings. But Baltimore stitched together four singles in the sixth that were capped by Pedro Severino’s RBI single to end Irvin’s night.
Reliever Yusmeiro Petit then pulled the next two thugs back to strand the loaded bases. Petit has only allowed one run of 10 innings in his last nine appearances.
“Again the key to the game,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “We saw him, I don’t know how often. It’s not an easy thing, especially if you don’t throw 98 mph, you don’t have a wipeout, strikeout pitch. He is just very aware of what thugs like and dislike and just puts it out of reach. “
Irvin allowed eight hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings. He turned down six.
Jake Diekman worked ninth to make his second save in as many tries.
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The Orioles were 2 for 9 with runners in the scoring position, leaving 10 men on the base.
“We had chances,” said Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde. “We had an opportunity in the first inning and an opportunity with loaded bases in the sixth. I just didn’t get the big hit. We have to move the ball with runners in the goal position. We kick out too often. “
Oakland marked Baltimore starter Jorge López for two runs in the second inning. The first two batters of the inning went and both were moving on a wild field. Seth Browns Grounder scored the first run and Stephen Piscotty followed with an RBI single.
Laureano pursued López (1-3) with a solo shot and led the fifth. López allowed three runs and five hits while scoring every fourth inning.
Athletics: OF Mark Canha was off the line-up for the first time this season but is expected to play on Saturday. “He’s maybe a little under the weather,” said Melvin. “Nothing to do with COVID or anything. I just feel a little funky today. “… Melvin said LHP AJ Puk (flexed biceps) had been shut down for a few days, but will probably throw again before the end of the weekend. … INF / OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) started running progression on Wednesday but has yet to resume full baseball activities.
Orioles: LHP John Means (1-0, 1.52 ERA) gets an additional day off and starts the series finale on Sunday. Means threw seven innings on his last outing in Texas on Sunday.
CAMDEN YARDS ADDS COVID-19 CHECK
Camden Yards began voluntary COVID-19 testing for fans on Friday as part of a partnership between the club and the Maryland Department of Health. Free PCR testing will be offered in the lower hall of Camden Yards each game day between the opening of the gates and either 2½ hours after the first pitch or the start of the eighth inning, whichever comes first. The Orioles do not need to be tested to enter the stadium.
Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.43 ERA), who is 2.18 in three career starts against Baltimore 2-0, receives the nod as the three-game series continues.
Orioles: Hyde said the Orioles will either play a bullpen game or add a starter from the team’s alternative training location on Saturday.
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