OAKLAND, Calif. – Buck Showalter likes to say that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. A night after the Orioles’ home run barrage in Chicago, Kevin Gausman hoped that he would get some of that support.
Unfortunately for Gausman, despite pitching well, the Orioles didn’t support him, and he allowed two runs in six innings, usually good often for a win, but in this case, the Oakland Athletics beat the Orioles 3-2 before 10,407 at O.co. Coliseum.
“I don’t think our guys get up in the morning and say, ‘Kevin’s pitching today. Let’s not score any runs,’” Showalter said. “If he continues to pitch well, he’ll get his share.”
On Sunday, the Orioles scored 10 runs and hit five home runs in Chicago with Manny Machado hitting three in the first three innings.
Against Kendall Graveman, who allowed four homers in 2 2/3 innings in Baltimore on May 8, they were limited to six singles in seven innings.
Machado hit a home run, his 26th against Ryan Dull in the eighth.
“I don’t know if anything surprises me anymore that he does. He’s one of the best in the game. Obviously, his ability has always been great, but really the last two years it seems like he’s got a great idea what the pitcher’s going to throw at him. You don’t see him take many ugly swings and misses where he spins around anymore. Kind of seems like he has a good idea up there all the time,” Gausman said.
Gausman (3-9) allowed a home run to Stephen Vogt leading off the fourth, and an RBI single by Billy Butler in the sixth. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out six.
“I felt locked in from the first pitch on, really. Had a really good split tonight. Kind of relied on that more than anything. And it was really good against right-handed hitters. When my split’s going good against righties, that’s when I know it’s on,” Gausman said.
He obviously wasn’t pleased with the pitch to Vogt.
“I was trying to throw a fastball up. I felt like I had him set up for it and didn’t get it up there. Kind of left it middle-middle, really, and I think he was looking for a fastball and obviously didn’t miss it,” Gausman said.
With one out in the third, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones singled against Graveman (8-7). Hyun Soo Kim extended his hitting streak to 10 games when his fly ball fell between center fielder Coco Crisp and right fielder Danny Valencia.
Machado popped out in the massive foul ground to first baseman Yonder Alonso, who caught the ball with his back to the infield. Hardy scored ahead of Alonso’s throw.
That was the only run scored in the six innings Gausman was pitching.
"He pitched well again. It was good to see. He had little hiccup last time out, but he threw the ball good. We just didn’t mount much offensively. The three hits we got to load the bases were pretty cheap variety too. We had some good people up, just didn’t have a chance to get a hit there, maybe open it up and get some breathing room. Kevin hasn’t had much breathing room,” Showalter said.
The Orioles (63-48) who lost their game lead in the AL East because Toronto won.
Vogt had an RBI single in the seventh against Logan Ondrusek to give Oakland (49-63) a 3-1 lead.
Machado hit a long home run to left-center field off Ryan Dull in the eighth.
“Since he’s come up to the big leagues, he’s been quite an impressive player. He’s only going to get better and better. That’s the scary part,” Jones said.
Ryan Madson earned his 23rd save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.
“It’s just part of the game. It’s crazy. Yesterday we scored 10 runs. Today we scored two. Sometimes you think we wished we could have used some runs from yesterday, but it’s just how the game works. He’s been throwing the heck out of the ball. Tonight, threw the heck out of the ball. He’s controlling what he can control, and that’s on the mound. As an offense, we’ve got to clean it up when he’s out there starting because he’s been giving us some really, really good quality starts,” Jones said.
NOTES: Gausman is 3-19 on the road with a 5.56 ERA. … Wade Miley (7-9, 5.08) faces Zach Neal (1-1, 5.25) on Tuesday night.