OAKLAND -- The A's were happy to be back home after an unsuccessful 1-5 road trip. The comforts of the Oakland Coliseum wouldn't be enough to get them going in the right direction against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. After the A's took an early 2-0 lead, the Orioles responded with 10 unanswered runs and won the game 10-2.
At the Plate
The A's missed an opportunity in the first inning. Coco Crisp led off with a single and had second base stolen with a big jump when John Jaso popped out on a 1-0 pitch to center field, forcing Crisp to sprint back to first. Seth Smith followed with an inning-ending double play.
The Orioles defense imploded in the second inning, allowing the A's to score two runs. Brandon Moss reached on an error and Josh Reddick drew a walk. They both scored when Josh Donaldson smashed a ball that Adam Jones dropped after getting a bad read. It was ruled a two-run double.
After falling behind, the A's offense didn't get much going for the rest of the game. They missed their biggest chance to score when they had runners on first and second and no outs in the seventh inning, but Adam Rosales grounded into a double play and Crisp grounded out to end the inning.
Starting Pitching Report
Jarrod Parker threw two scoreless innings to start the game, but things unraveled for him after the A's scored two runs in the second.
Parker wasn't able to get the shutdown inning as he allowed three earned runs. Nolan Reimhold hit a one-out double and scored when Nate McLouth hit a single. Nick Markakis drove home McLouth with a two-out single to right field to tie the game. Reddick scooped up the ball that Markakis hit, but dropped it on the transfer before he could throw it home.
Jones, who dropped a ball in the previous inning, made amends by hitting a go-ahead double to make it 3-2 Orioles.
After the Orioles' third run scored, pitching coach Curt Young took a trip to the mound that ended with him being ejected for the first time in his career. Young and first base umpire Jim Reynolds ended up getting into an argument and Young was tossed before A's manager Bob Melvin could intervene.
Young took exception to the fact that Reynolds ruled that Reimhold didn't go around on a check swing prior to his double earlier in the inning.
Parker responded to the extra curricular activity by striking out Chris Davis to end the inning. He bounced back in the fourth inning, when he struck out two batters and only allowed a single.
In the fifth inning he gave up a leadoff double to McLouth, who moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 Orioles. Davis got the upper hand on Parker later when he clubbed his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning.
When all was said and done, Parker allowed six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He now has an 8.10 ERA this season.
Chris Resop entered in relief of Parker with one out in the sixth inning and two runners aboard. He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. He almost escaped without allowing a run, when he induced what could have been a double play ball, but McLouth beat the throw to first and the Orioles scored.
The Orioles loaded the bases against Resop in the seventh inning with no outs and he was pulled from the game. Pat Neshek was given the tough task of pitching out of the bases loaded jam, and he allowed two of the runners to score.
Jesse Chavez allowed two runs in the eighth inning to make it a 10-2 game. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
In the Field
The Orioles scored two runs in the seventh inning when J.J. Hardy hit a ball that fell perfectly between three A's fielders. Jed Lowrie was running out, Crisp was running in, and Chris Young slid in between them, but no one caught it.
The A's announced an attendance of 11,220.
Green won the dot race. Green's performance wasn't good enough to inspire the A's.
The A's will turn to Tommy Milone to stop the starting pitching struggles of the last two games. He is 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA. The Orioles will send left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to the mound. He is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.