Oakland Athletics’ youngster Sonny Gray was knocked around by the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon in a 10-3 loss at Camden Yards.
It began in the first, when he allowed three consecutive one-out singles that scored a run, then gave up the lead on a sacrifice fly by Matt Weiters.
It continued in the very next inning, when he was touched up for three runs. Brian Roberts singled in J.J. Hardy after a leadoff double. Another sacrifice fly and a hit by Chris Davis scored two more to put the Orioles in front 5-1.
Gray pitched just 3.1 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.
Meanwhile, the A’s mustered up just three runs. Alberto Callaspo led off the scoring with a bloop single in the first and Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the eighth.
Orioles’ starter Scott Feldman was shaky to begin the game, having trouble locating the strike zone. He gifted the A’s with a bases-loaded situation in the third inning, but with two out, Seth Smith swung at the first pitch and flew out to left. Smith also had an RBI opportunity in the first inning, but struck out.
The A’s bullpen of Jerry Blevins and Pat Neshek gave up four more runs, marking the first time the A’s have allowed 10 runs in 105 games.
To add injury to insult, right fielder Josh Reddick exited the game in the sixth after feeling discomfort in his wrist in his final at-bat. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Reddick may have to go on the DL.
After dropping two of three games in Baltimore, the A’s lead in the second wild card position is down to 1.5 games. They will head to Detroit tomorrow to take on the Tigers in a four-game series.