OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics took advantage of Baltimore’s shoddy defense to beat the Orioles 3-2 Monday night.
Fiers (7-3) allowed two unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings, getting into the seventh for the seventh time in eight starts — a stretch that started with his no-hitter May 7 against Cincinnati. He struck out four and walked two.
Oakland took a 3-2 lead in the second on catcher Chance Sisco’s two-run throwing error. The A’s loaded the bases with no outs when Josh Phegley was hit by a pitch, Marcus Semien walked and Matt Chapman reached on an infield hit. Shortstop Jonathan Villar then fielded Matt Olson’s grounder and got the force at home on Phegley, but Sisco threw wide of first trying for a double play, allowing Semien and Chapman to score.
Chapman was initially called out at home after first baseman Chris Davis retrieved the ball and whipped it home, but the call was reversed on replay, showing Chapman slid under Sisco’s tag.
Orioles starter Andrew Cashner (6-3) gave up three runs — one earned — in six innings of four-hit ball.
The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second when third baseman Chapman’s throwing error triggered a two-run inning.
Plate umpire John Libka stayed in the game after he was struck in the neck by pitch that bounced in front of home plate in the seventh.
A’S TOP PICK
Oakland signed its top draft pick, switch-hitting Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson. Davidson took batting practice watched by A’s brass and agent Scott Boras. He will report Tuesday to Class A short-season Vermont.
“It’s a life-changing moment,” Davidson said, joined by his family and girlfriend for the festivities.
The Orioles selected the contract of LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk and designated for assignment OF Joey Rickard.
Orioles: OF Dwight Smith Jr., on the seven-day concussion list since June 7, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk in the next couple of days.
Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty received positive word Monday that the melanoma removed from his right ear is gone. “They got all of it and it didn’t spread. Great news,” he said.
RHP Gabriel Ynoa (0-3, 5.02 ERA) tries again for his first victory of the season as the A’s counter with LHP Brett Anderson (6-4, 3.89), who earned his first win against the Orioles in four career starts April 9 at Baltimore.
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