OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) The last-place
are on quite a roll. In particular, their rookie pitchers.
pitched into the eighth inning,
drew a bases-loaded walk in the first and the A's beat the
3-0 on Sunday for their season-high sixth straight win.
''This is an awesome feeling,'' Mazzaro said.
led off the game with a single, Mazzaro (2-0) retired 15 of the next 16 Orioles hitters - an impressive showing for his second
career start and first at home.
The 22-year-old right-hander was called up last Tuesday to make his major league debut and earned the win against the
in Chicago. This time, he left to a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the eighth following
's one-out single.
''I was definitely more relaxed,'' Mazzaro said. ''That first game really helped.''
With only two hits, Oakland matched its longest winning streak against the Orioles at eight games and earned a three-game
sweep for the first time this year. This is the A's longest winning streak since Aug. 11-16, 2006, when they also won six
in a row. Oakland's starters have won six straight games as well, for the first time since getting eight straight victories
from June 8-16, 2006.
are the rookie starters in an inexperienced Oakland rotation.
''They're attacking the strike zone and putting hitters away,'' catcher
said. ''That's big. They're getting more comfortable.''
pitched the ninth for his fourth save, completing the team's third shutout - and third in the last six games after not getting
any in the first 49. The Orioles were blanked for the third time.
This was a bad day for Baltimore from the start.
failed to get out of the first inning, the second time it happened for an Orioles starter during the series.
gave up six runs in the first inning of Friday night's 9-1 loss.
''The game is pitching and defense, and it's starting pitching,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ''When you're playing
a three-game series, and two out of the three you're taking your starting pitcher out in the first inning, that ought to tell
you your starting pitching's not giving you what you need to have a chance.''
Hill (2-1) walked three straight batters with one out in the first and forced in runs with a free pass and by plunking Suzuki
with a pitch. Giambi served as the designated hitter rather than playing first base in order to give his legs a break after
he left Saturday night's 9-4 win with tightness in his right calf.
''It was disappointing to go out there and pitch that terrible inning,'' Hill said. ''I really don't think it was mechanical
at all. Mechanically I felt good. Just result-wise it wasn't there.''
The Orioles, who have lost 24 of their last 32 games at the Coliseum, outhit Oakland 5-2 but couldn't capitalize in their
fifth straight loss and seventh in eight games. They concluded a 1-5 road trip and have dropped 21 of their last 26 away from
Camden Yards. The club's upcoming nine-game homestand certainly will be a welcome change.
Baltimore has scored only 10 runs in its last seven games and has been held to six or fewer hits in five of those.
Notes: Oakland INF
left after the seventh to be with his wife, Gina, who went into labor with the couple's first child. ... Mazzaro has thrown
105 pitches in each of his first two starts. ... Baltimore is 0-9 in road series finales. ... The A's have outscored opponents
38-8 during the winning streak. ... Oakland CF
hopes to test his sprained left knee with baseball activity Monday and be back in the lineup either that night in the series
opener against Minnesota or by Tuesday. ... The Orioles placed SS
on the 15-day disabled list following his appendectomy Friday and purchased the contract of
from Triple-A Norfolk. Salazar started at first base and batted sixth. ... The Orioles haven't won in Oakland since July 22,
2007. ... Oakland OF
(strained side muscle) will leave Monday for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.