O’s Hand A’s 7th Straight Loss
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brian Matusz and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Oakland 4-2 Monday night to extend the Athletics’ losing streak to a season-high seven games.
Matt Wieters had two hits, an RBI and scored a run for the Orioles, who took a 4-0 lead after two innings against Gio Gonzalez (5-4).
Adam Rosales homered for the A’s, who have lost 15 of 19 to fall a season-worst seven games under .500 (27-34). Rosales was playing in his first game of the year after a stint on the disabled list with a broken right foot.
Matusz (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings to earn his first win of the season. He spent the first two months on the DL with a strained left oblique muscle.
The left-hander was lifted in the sixth after giving up successive one-out singles to Kurt Suzuki and pinch-hitter Scott
Sizemore, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento hours earlier.
Jim Johnson entered and got Rosales to bounce into a 1-6-3 double play.
Johnson retired the side in order in the seventh, Koji Uehara worked a perfect eighth and Kevin Gregg got three straight outs for his 11th save.
Baltimore had lost 20 of its last 24 games against Oakland and was swept in a three-game series last week.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead with an unearned first-inning run. After shortstop Cliff Pennington muffed a potential double-play grounder, Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-out RBI single.
Baltimore made it 4-0 in the second. Derrek Lee led off with a single, stole second and continued to third on an overthrow by Suzuki. Wieters followed with an RBI single, J.J. Hardy singled, and both moved up on a wild pitch before Nolan Reimold hit a sacrifice fly and Nick Markakis singled in a run.
The A’s two errors gave them 45 for the season. Oakland started the day with the second-most errors in the AL, two behind Texas. Rosales connected in the fourth with a man on. It was his first home run since July 18, 2010, at Kansas City.
Gonzalez gave up four runs, three earned, and nine hits in seven innings.
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