After Jeremy Guthrie’s meltdown in the first inning Friday night there was no “relief” on Saturday as the A’s spanked rookie Jason Berken en route to a 9-4 win at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
Berken allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings on a series of doubles by Oakland batters and the Orioles have now lost four straight and are vulnerable to a sweep at the hands of the A’s.
Staked to a 9-0 in the fourth inning, A’s starter Trevor Cahill coasted until a rough patch in the sixth inning when after being lifted, Nolan Reimold hit a three-run home run off reliever Brad Ziegler to get the Orioles within reach. They never threatened again late into the night.
The Birds did manage 10 hits against A’s pitching, including two hits each by Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Luke Scott.
Cesar Izturis will miss at least three weeks after his emergency appendectomy Friday night. Infielder Oscar Salazar was recalled and was en route to Oakland last night to join the team.
Felix Pie took a foul ball to his throat last night in the second inning and left the game for evaluation.
The Orioles are 5-20 over their past 25 road games and have lost 23 of their last 31 games in Oakland.