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Orioles top Athletics 12-4

April 09, 2019 - 9:54 am

By Austin Medina  

After a three-game sweep to the Yankees, the Orioles needed to move on from the home run derby given by New York. 

Thankfully the Yankees left town and the Orioles had new guests from Oakland. 

The Orioles defeated the Athletics 12-4 Monday night to get back to .500 baseball. 

Even though the Orioles blew out Oakland, there weren't many Orioles fans in attendance to see it. 

The attendance for Camden Yards may have this issue for a majority of home games, even with the Orioles playing high-effort ball. 

Trey Mancini kicked things off with a solo homerun in the 1st inning. Baltimore expanded their lead to 4-0 after a triple led to three more runs. 

Oakland cut the deficit in half as a two-run homer from Josh Phegley made the score 4-2. 

The O's took a page from the Yankees as home runs piled up in this game. A two-run homer from Jonathan Villar pushed the lead to 6-4. 

In the bottom of the 8th inning with a 7-4 lead, the Orioles built a more comfortable lead. The O's added five more runs on singles from Villar, Mancini, and Hanser Alberto. 

Orioles pitcher Andrew Cashner went 5.1 innings and surrendered three earned runs in the victory. There is a concern for Cashner as he has allowed three home runs in as many games. 

Baltimore will send relief pitcher Josh Means to start game two of this four-game series with Oakland Tuesday night.