The Baltimore Orioles are coming off a solid homestand, but their upcoming road trip begins in a place they haven't had much success in recent seasons.
Baltimore kicks off an 11-game trip Thursday night with a four-game set against the Oakland Athletics .
The Orioles (12-9) went 6-3 on their homestand after falling 6-5 in 11 innings to Toronto on Wednesday, ending their 17-game winning streak in extra-inning contests - the longest since Pittsburgh's 21-game run that ended in 1960.
Chris Davis went 0 for 5 and finished 1 for 11 with five strikeouts in the three-game series versus the Blue Jays. He has three homers and five RBIs in his last 16 games after hitting four and driving in 17 over his first five.
Baltimore took two of three from Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto on the homestand.
"When you can win any series, especially in your division, that's big. So we'll take it," said closer Jim Johnson , who suffered the loss. "This is not going to dampen our spirits."
Looking back on their recent history in Oakland just might. The Orioles have lost 16 of the last 19 road matchups and haven't won consecutive meetings there since a three-game sweep Aug. 15-17, 2005.
Jason Hammel will be on the mound attempting to end that drought for Baltimore, which won 9-5 at Oakland on Sept. 16 in the last matchup.
Hammel (2-1, 4.74 ERA) allowed four runs and walked three in six innings of Baltimore's 7-5 win over the Dodgers on Saturday, though he didn't allow a run over his last four innings.
"That's why Ham kind of graduated a little bit as a starter, because what you see in the first inning isn't necessarily what you're going to be seeing in the fifth or sixth inning," manager Buck Showalter told the team's official website. "It's not, 'Woe is me and the sky is falling.' It's, 'OK, let's make an adjustment and let's get our team through this.'"
The right-hander has made two starts versus the A's, with the most recent coming in 2009 while pitching for Colorado.
Oakland (13-9) will be looking to bounce back after dropping five of six on its road trip to Tampa Bay and Boston, falling 6-5 to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Chris Young hit a three-run homer and added a solo shot, while Jed Lowrie went 3 for 5.
That kind of offense would have been plenty for scheduled starter Jarrod Parker in his last outing.
Parker (0-3, 7.50) struggled in his first three starts, though he gave up one run and six hits through 6 1-3 innings of a 1-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
"That's what we're used to seeing out of him," manager Bob Melvin said of Parker, who won 13 games as a rookie last season. "This is the first game he's pitched really well for us."
The right-hander made two starts versus Baltimore in 2012, giving up six runs in five innings of Oakland's 14-9 win July 27 before allowing two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory Sept. 15.
Adam Jones went 3 for 5 with a three-run homer off Parker in those matchups.
|April 07, 2013||Nolan Reimold||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring tightness|
|April 05, 2013||Brian Roberts||15-Day DL||Ruptured tendon, right knee|
|April 04, 2013||Brian Roberts||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring injury|
|March 26, 2013||Wilson Betemit||60-Day DL||Right PCL tear|
|March 23, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|March 22, 2013||Tsuyoshi Wada||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|April 19, 2013||Brett Anderson||Day-to-Day||Ankle|
|April 13, 2013||Yoenis Cespedes||15-Day DL||Strained muscle, left hand|
|April 12, 2013||Coco Crisp||Day-to-Day||Strained left groin|
|April 10, 2013||Scott Sizemore||60-Day DL||Torn left ACL - out for season|
|April 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||Day-to-Day||Sprained right wrist|
|March 27, 2013||Hiroyuki Nakajima||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nate McLouth 's patience as Baltimore's leadoff hitter is paying off nicely so far.
The rest of the Orioles lineup isn't doing too bad, either.
McLouth reached base four times and scored twice to extend his recent hot streak, Nick Markakis drove in two runs, and Baltimore opened its longest road trip of the season by routing the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Thursday night.
McLouth singled, doubled, walked and reached on a fielder's choice in six at-bats. The Orioles leadoff hitter drove in two runs and is batting .444 (8-for-18) over his past six games.
"I'm swinging at good pitches, that's what I'm most happy about," McLouth said. "I'm working the count and swinging at the pitches I want instead of having to swing at what a pitcher wants."
Chris Davis homered and had two RBIs, Adam Jones added three hits and Jason Hammel pitched six strong innings to help the Orioles win for just the fourth time in their last 20 games at the Coliseum.
Baltimore had a season-high 15 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one. Six players drove in runs.
Hammel, the Orioles' Opening Day starter, settled into an efficient groove after the second, retiring nine of 10 at one point. He also worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Moss to foul out before Chris Young flew out to center.
Troy Patton pitched two innings and T.J. McFarland worked the ninth to complete the six-hitter.
"(Hammel) made some big pitches with his curveball," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "At this stage in his career, when he gets mad or frustrated he's able to channel it in the right direction."
Josh Donaldson doubled in two runs for the Athletics, who have dropped six of seven.
Baltimore's offense helped overcome an uneven night by the defense. The Orioles turned three double plays but also committed two errors which led to both of Oakland's runs in the first inning.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy bobbled Brandon Moss ' grounder. After Josh Reddick walked, Donaldson hit a deep drive that glanced off the glove of retreating center fielder Jones for a two-run double. Jones had initially broke in on the ball before trying to hustle back.
Third baseman Manny Machado 's two-out throwing error kept the inning alive but Hammel retired Coco Crisp to end the frame.
Hammel (3-1) was otherwise stellar while giving up three hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Baltimore took the lead with a three-run third.
Nolan Reimold doubled and scored on McLouth's RBI single off Oakland starter Jarrod Parker (0-4). After McLouth stole second and scored on Markakis' hit, Jones hit a double down the left field line to drive in McLouth and put the Orioles up 3-2.
McLouth made it 4-2 when he doubled leading off the fifth, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Markakis off Parker.
"It just seems like at times (Parker) gets out of sync," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's slotting the ball pretty nicely then all of a sudden he gets behind three or four hitters in a row and has a little trouble coming back and getting that feeling again."
Davis hit his eighth homer of year, a solo shot in the sixth, to tie J.P. Arencibia of Toronto for the AL lead. He also singled in a run in the eighth.
McLouth also drove in a run on a fielder's choice. He has reached base safely in 16 of his last 25 plate appearances.
Parker allowed six runs over 5 1-3 innings and is winless in five starts this season. He struck out five and walked three.
Matt Weiters hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly and Hardy added an RBI single in the seventh for Baltimore.
Oakland got only two runners past first base after the second and has dropped eight of 12 since a nine-game winning streak.
Notes: A's pitching coach Curt Young was ejected in the third inning for arguing with first base umpire Jim Reynolds. ... Injured Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes (hand) went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and an RBI in his first game of a rehab assignment. Cespedes is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday. ... The A's reinstated INF Adam Rosales from the 15-day DL and optioned INF Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento (PCL). ... Oakland sends LHP Tommy Milone (3-1) to the hill Friday. Milone had won five straight starts before losing to Tampa Bay last Sunday. ... LHP Wei-In Chen, who opposes Milone, has a 0.71 ERA in two career starts against the A's. ... LHP Zach Britton , who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk (PCL) before the game, is a candidate to start Monday in Seattle.