BALTIMORE (AP) — Oakland’s Khris Davis hit a pair of home runs for the second straight game, and the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis extended his record hitless streak to 53 at-bats in the Athletics’ 8-5 victory Thursday.
Josh Phegley, Kendrys Morales and Marcus Semien also homered for the A’s, who won three straight after losing the series opener. Khris Davis leads the majors with nine homers this season.
Chris Davis was 0 for 3 with a walk. In the fourth season of a $161 million, seven-year contract, he is 0 for 32 this season and hasn’t gotten a hit since Sept. 14, setting the mark for most consecutive hitless at-bats by a non-pitcher.
Aaron Brooks (2-1) started against Baltimore for the first time in his career and allowed three runs, three hits and three walks in six innings. Blake Treinen pitched a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts for his fourth save.
Dylan Bundy (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in five-plus innings with eight strikeouts. and he tied a career-high by allowing four homers. The Orioles have given up at least one home run in all 13 games this year.
Khris Davis gave Oakland a 2-1 lead with a two-run in the fourth, and Phegley’s two-run homer in the sixth boosted the margin to 4-1. Davis and Morales hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth that ended Bundy’s afternoon.
Dwight Smith hit his first home run for the Orioles in the first inning, and Pedro Severino was hit on the helmet by a curveball from J.B. Wendelken with the bases loaded in the seventh. Semien hit a solo homer off Mychal Givens in the ninth.
DIGGING THE LONG BALL
Oakland hit 16 home runs in the series.
Orioles: RHP Josh Lucas and LHP Tanner Scott were promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. Lucas allowed one run and one hit over two innings. Scott gave up a pair of hits and had a strikeout over one-third of an inning.
Athletics: 1B Matt Olson is taking ground balls and working on his conditioning after of-season surgery on his right hand. He is also taking one-handed swings in the batting cage..
Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier (shoulder tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to Wednesday.
Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (2-1, 5.94 ERA) is scheduled to make his major league-leading fifth start this season on Friday against Texas.
Orioles: RHP David Hess (1-1, 2.70 ERA) starts the opener in Boston against left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 12.38 ERA).
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