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Tiebreaking three run homer helps Athletics get win over Orioles

Tiebreaking three run homer helps Athletics get win over Orioles

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A promising start for the Orioles ended in frustration following Jeremy Hellickson's roughest outing since joining Baltimore's rotation two weeks ago.

Matt Chapman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Hellickson in a five-run fourth inning, and the Oakland Athletics overcame an early two-run deficit in a 9-3 victory on Sunday.


"Every game's big right now, so when you lose, you feel like you had to have that one," Hellickson said. "Just frustrated right now."

Hellickson (1-2) gave up six runs -- twice as many as he allowed in his previous two starts. He allowed five hits in five-plus innings.

That dropped the Orioles to 3-4 on their 10-game road trip.

"That was a strange . just kind of an Oakland game," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They really hit one ball hard, a little changeup he was trying to get underneath the bat and left it there. Probably looking for it and hooked it. I thought he had good enough stuff."

Manny Machado hit his 22nd homer and scored twice for Baltimore.

"We have a great team, we have a great lineup and pitching staff," Machado said. "Things haven't turned out how we'd like them to be but we're going to keep fighting until the end. We're not going to stop."

Matt Joyce and Matt Olson also homered as the A's gained a four-game split.

"We did a great job of not trying to do too much," Joyce said. "Obviously, Chapman came up with a huge hit . and gave us a big boost that we needed. After that it's just about grinding out the at-bats, having a good approach, trying to make the necessary adjustments that you need to get to the starter."

Kendall Graveman (3-3) had an uneven outing in his first win since returning Aug. 3 from a disabled list stint caused by a strained right shoulder. He matched his career high of eight strikeouts, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Run-scoring singles by Jonathan Schoop in the first and Chris Davis in the second built Baltimore's 2-0 lead.

Ryan Healy hit an RBI double in the fourth, when Khris Davis scored the tying run when he beat Chris Davis' throw home on Matt Olson's grounder to first. Chapman, in a 3-for-16 slide, homered off the left-field pole. All eight of his home runs have been since the All-Star break.

Marcus Semien's sacrifice fly increased the lead to 6-1 in the fifth, Joyce homered against Richard Bleier in the seventh and Olson went deep off Zach Britton in the eighth, Olson's third in as many games.

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.


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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.