Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics won their 13th straight game, building a big lead early and beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on a rainy Saturday night.
This is the third-longest winning streak in Oakland history. The A's won 14 straight in 1988 and set a then-American League record with 20 consecutive victories in 2002.
Cleveland broke that mark with 22 straight wins in 2017 — Oakland's string is the longest in the majors since that long Indians run.
The Athletics, who lost their first six games this season, have outscored opponents 83-36 during their winning streak.
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Matt Olson and Mark Canha had two hits and two RBIs apiece for Oakland, which has won nine in row against the Orioles dating to 2019.
Chris Bassitt (2-2) weathered steady rain that fell at Camden Yards, allowing two runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and improved to 3-0 in four career starts against Baltimore.
The A’s took a 1-0 lead in the first on a bloop single by Olson that scored Canha, who led off with a double against Wade LeBlanc (0-1). LeBlanc made his first start of the season after five relief appearances.
Oakland extended the lead to 4-0 on a two-run single by Canha and a double by Olson in the second that ended LeBlanc’s night. The Orioles scored their first run of the game on a double by Chance Sisco that deflected off first base and into the outfield.
Lowrie answered in the third with his homer over the right-field scoreboard off Tyler Wells, a Rule 5 pick.
Trey Mancini had an RBI double in the fifth that cut the margin to 7-2.
The Orioles have scored two runs or fewer in their last six losses.
Athletics: LHP A.J. Puk (strained biceps) is expected to throw off the mound later this week at an affiliate site in Stockton, California.
Orioles: LHP Keegan Akin had to get stitches in his left index finger after cutting himself with a knife at home. He was being considered to start Saturday prior to the incident. “He’s got stitches for a week to 10 days,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Athletics: LHP Jesús Luzardo (1-1, 5.89 ERA) can help the A’s complete the three-game sweep. He threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Twins on Tuesday.
Orioles: LHP John Means (1-0, 1.52 ERA) will start the finale after getting an additional two days of rest. Means threw seven shutout innings Sunday at Texas in his last outing.
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