Athletics Use 10-Run Third Inning to Beat Orioles 10-0 - NBC Bay Area

Athletics Use 10-Run Third Inning to Beat Orioles 10-0



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    BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Piscotty #25 and Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate after scoring in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Matt Olson homered during a 10-run third inning in which the first 11 batters reached base, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

    Oakland totaled 10 hits and two walks in its biggest inning of the year. Olson provided the big blow _ a three-run shot off Andrew Cashner (4-15) _ and three different players had two hits.

    That was more than enough offense to enable the A's to match their longest winning streak of the season. Oakland trails first-place Houston by three games in the AL West and owns a comfortable lead for the second AL wild card.

    Daniel Mengden (7-6) pitched five innings of no-hit relief after entering in the second for starter Liam Hendriks, who went one inning by design.

    Baltimore's lone hit was a clean single to left field in the first by Trey Mancini.

    The A's have already clinched their 10th series win in the last 13 (10-1-2) and will go for a three-game sweep of the woeful Orioles on Thursday night. After going a major league-best 34-15 since the All-Star break, Oakland is 32 games over .500 (89-57) for the first time since September 2003.

    Baltimore has lost six in a row to fall to 41-104, the worst record in the majors. It's the eighth time this season the Orioles have been mired in a skid of at least six games.

    After breezing through the first two innings, Cashner never got another out. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Matt Chapman, who hit a two-run double.

    Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis followed with singles before Olson hit his 26th home run. Three singles and a walk followed before the crowd of 10,480 offered a mock cheer when Cody Carroll got Ramon Laureano to hit a popup for the first out.

    Laureano singled in the first inning, doubled in the fifth and hit his first career triple in the seventh. Needing a home run to complete the cycle, the rookie looked at a called third strike in the ninth.

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