OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tim Beckham prefers to not discuss how well he’s going in the plate since leaving Tampa Bay to combine the Baltimore Orioles.
Manager Buck Showalter refuses to jinx this.
“We’re not going to speak about him,” Showalter said. “Timmy enjoys playing out it resembles.”
Beckham struck on a two-run twice in his second plate appearance of the first inning as the Orioles matched their main frame of the year using a and went on to conquer the Oakland Athletics 12-5 on Saturday night.
Dylan Bundy (12-8) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, equaling the number from his previous outing to win his third straight start and fourth successive decision. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks since the Orioles won for only the second time in five matches.
Adam Jones drove in three runs for Baltimore.
Beckham drew a walk to begin the game then extended his hitting streak to 12 games using the double, the Orioles’ eighth hit of this very first, and one of the four on the night. They ended with a season-high tying 20 hits and eight rebounds — one among the most in franchise history.
“I am seeing it nicely and it’s fun when you’re playing good and your team’s playing baseball,” Beckham said.
A Sean Manaea’s night was rough after only one out. Following the walk of Beckham, Baltimore obtained six direct hits with three of them doubles to leap ahead 4-0. Michael Brady relieved.
The A’s quickly got three runs back on Khris Davis’ two-run homer in the bottom of the initial and Matt Olson’s leadoff drive to start the second — his second homer in as many games — but they also left runners on second and first that inning.
After Joey Rickard got by pitch, Beckham doubled again in the fourth, and Jones hit a two-run only after his RBI double.
Oakland center fielder and leadoff hitter Boog Powell made his A’s debut a day after he had planned and struck out three times following a single and walk. He went into the emergency room Friday night following a late scratch because he had been fighting a cold and had trouble breathing from an asthma attack.
Manaea (8-7) didn’t get out of the fourth inning to get a third straight start — moving 6Â 2/3 total innings his previous three appearances — and dropped consecutive choices for just the second time all year, running his winless stretch to five starts since defeating Cleveland on July 16. Manager Bob Melvin suggested his pitcher might be tired.
“The past three starts have been awful,” Manaea explained.
BECKHAM’S HOT BAT
Since joining the Orioles in a transaction from Tampa Bay on July 31, Beckham is batting a sizzling .531 (26 for 49) with nine multi-hit games.
Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop was hit by a pitch from Brady in the first time but remained in the game. … SS J.J. Hardy, on the disabled list since June 19 with a broken right wrist, won’t be triggered immediately when qualified next week. “He’s not likely to make the 18th. We’re hoping not too long after,” Showalter said. “He’s progressing right on schedule. He did his work now, he’s getting a bit better each day. He’s taking a lot of swings and he is not having soreness there. The bone itself has healed, it’s the other material we must get back into playing shape.” … RHP Ubaldo Jimenez is OK after leaving his Friday start in the first time when he required a hard-hit grounder by Chad Pinder on the lower right leg. Showalter expects him to make his second start.
Athletics: A’s CF prospect Dustin Fowler, that could be the starter next year if wholesome, had his right knee brace unlocked Saturday so he can now bend the knee as he rehabs from a frightening accident in his major league debut with the Yankees on June 29. Playing a road game he endured close to the wound and an open rupture of the patellar tendon when it struck a metal box used for Wi-Fi, and was carted off for prompt operation to fix the damage.
Before at least year’s end, Fowler is advised to remain with Oakland in his recovery.
Orioles: when he pitches Baltimore’s series finale at Oakland RHP Jeremy Hellickson makes his third start. He is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA because the change.
Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (2-3, 4.97) looks for his first win in three starts since coming off the DL on Aug. 3.
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