Olson's 3-run HR highlights A's 10-run inning

Olson's 3-run HR highlights A's 10-run inning

BALTIMORE — The A’s broke out for 10 runs in the third inning of a Wednesday night affair in Baltimore, securing a comfortable lead as they seek to gain ground in the playoff picture.

Matt Olson‘s 26th homer of the season, a three-run offering against Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner, highlighted the eventful frame, which saw 15 batters go to the plate. Three of them came up with two hits: Nick Martini, Jonathan Lucroy and Matt Chapman, who drove in three runs.


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BALTIMORE — The A’s broke out for 10 runs in the third inning of a Wednesday night affair in Baltimore, securing a comfortable lead as they seek to gain ground in the playoff picture.

Matt Olson‘s 26th homer of the season, a three-run offering against Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner, highlighted the eventful frame, which saw 15 batters go to the plate. Three of them came up with two hits: Nick Martini, Jonathan Lucroy and Matt Chapman, who drove in three runs.


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The Orioles didn’t record an out until the 12th batter of the inning, Ramon Laureano, popped out against reliever Cody Carroll, inducing a sarcastic applause from a light crowd at Camden Yards. Cashner was responsible for eight of the runs.

Video: OAK@BAL: Chapman plates 2 with a double to left

Martini and Lucroy singled to get things going against Baltimore’s starter, who walked Laureano to load the bases for Chapman. The A’s third baseman delivered a two-run double for his Major League-leading 37th extra-base hit since the All-Star break. Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis followed with consecutive run-scoring base hits, setting the stage for Olson’s blast. That’s when Stephen Piscotty extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with a single, prompting Cashner’s removal.

Marcus Semien greeted Carroll with a walk, and Martini and Lucroy teamed up for another round of back-to-back singles before Laureano hit into an out. Chapman’s one-out single would mark the A’s 10th and final hit of the inning.

Video: OAK@BAL: Chapman gets his 2nd RBI hit of 3rd inning

The A’s record for runs in an inning is 13, which they recorded during the first inning of a 16-8 win over the Angels on July 5, 1996. They last struck for 10 runs in an inning on Sept. 15, 2015, in the fourth inning against the White Sox.

A win on Wednesday, combined with a Yankees loss, would leave them just one game back of the lead for the top American League Wild Card spot.

Jane Lee has covered the A’s for MLB.com since 2010.

Published at Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:33:48 +0000

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