OAKLAND, Calif. -- After arguably their most painful loss of this challenging season, the Orioles quickly forgot about it. A seven-run first inning, their first in more than nine years, will do that for a team.
In the inning, the Orioles sent 11 batters to the plate, had eight hits, and plated seven of them on their way to a 12-5 win over the Oakland Athletics before 29,742 at Oakland Coliseum.
Tim Beckham continued his hot hitting with four more hits. The shortstop has hit in all 12 games he’s played for the Orioles, and has nine multi-hit games. He’s batting .531 since joining the Orioles Aug. 1.
"Oh, it was definitely fun, man, to get the momentum of the game started and put them on their heels early," Beckham said.
Beckham knew the Orioles wanted not to think about the night before.
"It was very important. I commend our team for putting together quality at-bats and putting together a seven-spot in the first," Beckham said. "That was huge, takes the breath out of the other team and they came back and put up three runs in two or three innings. We had a seven-spot in the first. We weren’t worried about it at all."
Center fielder Adam Jones also had three hits and drove in three runs. The Orioles had 20 hits, matching their season-high. Eight of them were doubles, one shy of the franchise record.
Manager Buck Showalter said that the early runs were important.
"You enjoy it a little more when it happens later in the game. You know they're going to make a run at you, which they did," Showalter said.
Right-hander Dylan Bundy struck out 10 batters in six innings. It was the second successive start he’s struck out 10.
"Most of them probably off my slider, but it was execution and a good game plan with my catcher back there," Bundy said. “We were really throwing the slider into lefties and away from righties today. After they didn’t let many fastballs to by without swinging at them, so we had to constantly mix pitches tonight."
Bundy allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings and had a seven-run lead when he took the mound, but he quickly gave up a two-run home run to Khris Davis.
"It’s great. You really just go after hitters and try to pound the strike zone," Bundy said of his seven-run lead. "I didn’t really do that the first four pitches, so have to work on that the next time."
The Orioles are 3-3 on their 10-game West Coast swing and are 58-59. After their Aug. 13 game against Oakland, they fly to Seattle for three games against the Mariners, who are also one of many teams, like the Orioles, in the teeth of the wild-card tussle. The Orioles are currently 1 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.
Orioles pitchers have struck out 10 or more batters in three successive starts for the first time this season and in six of the last seven games.
According to STATS, this was the 12th time in team history that the Orioles scored seven or more runs in the first inning, the first time since May 20, 2008, and the fifth without a home run.
With all those hits and runs, Brad Brach’s loss the night before was put in the past.
"No frustration at all. I know the whole team believes in our pitchers, believes in our relievers," Beckham said. "Last night’s loss was last night’s loss. Today’s a new day, and tomorrow’s a new day. We want to go out tomorrow and do the same thing we did today."
NOTES: The seven-run first inning tied the Orioles high for an inning this season. …RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who was hit by a line drive in the sixth inning on Aug. 11, is fine and will make his next start. … Catcher Welington Castillo's 10-game hitting streak came to an end Aug. 12. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.08) starts against RHP Kendall Graveman (2-3, 4.97) on Aug. 13 at 4:05 p.m.