Orioles erupt behind Wilson to thump A's

Orioles erupt behind Wilson to thump A's

OAKLAND -- Chris Davis and Caleb Joseph homered, Adam Jones, Jimmy Paredes and Joseph doubled home runs and the Orioles crushed the A's, 9-2, on Monday night in the first game of a three-game set at the Coliseum.

Tyler Wilson, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect, pitched admirably filling in for Chris Tillman -- who was sidelined with a left ankle injury -- tossing 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his second career start. Wilson picked up his second win of the season, giving up six hits on 100 pitches.

"I think I've shown them I can compete and throw strikes and a be part of what this ballclub is trying to do," Wilson said. "When I'm a starter, my job is to go as deep into the game as I can, and given the circumstances [with the rotation] around today, I'm thankful to have done that."

For the A's, starter Jesse Chavez lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing more hits (nine) than he recorded outs. Coco Crisp finished 2-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list, while Stephen Vogt snapped an 0-for-28 skid with two doubles.

"They made [Chavez] work pretty hard" A's manager Bob Melvin said. "And when he threw the ball in the middle of the plate, they hit it."

Davis and Joseph lead way: The Orioles posted a double-digit hit attack, featuring big blows from Davis and Joseph. Davis, who has has already surpassed last season's home run total with 27, delivered a three-run shot in his first at-bat. Joseph hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added an RBI double in the fifth.

"The average is creeping up there. Chris, when that happens, you know he's in the zone, staying there a little longer," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's a force. Gave us a quick blow there. He can do it in bunches. This is probably about the longest period he's looked in command of his swing."

Davis' three-run homer

Wilson steps in: Wilson, in his fourth stint in the Majors this year, went a career-high 7 2/3 innings, turning in his second quality start in as many tries. The rookie needed just 84 pitches to get through the first seven innings and gave a struggling O's rotation a huge shot in the arm. It was an emotional night for the righty, who was thinking of his wife's grandfather, Dan O'Neill, whose funeral was on Monday.

"I was going to go to the viewing yesterday, with [Triple-A] Norfolk at Lehigh Valley," Wilson said. "I think Papa Dan would have rather had me out here pitching and watching down than me being at his funeral." More >

Wilson earns the win

Still slumping: Chavez made his second-shortest start of the year, lasting just 3 2/3 innings before Felix Doubront replaced him. The right-hander yielded six earned runs (his most all season), giving up the home runs to Davis and Joseph. He has surrendered 13 earned runs in his last three starts and has only one win in his last seven.

"Any big league hitter can do damage," Chavez said, "Especially against that team, that lineup, that has that kind of pop to all sides of the field, you have to be conscious of your counts and be able to be down in the zone, and tonight I didn't do that, and they took advantage of it."

Joseph's RBI double

Crisper than before: Crisp came off the disabled list and recorded two hits and scored a run in his first game since May 19. Crisp was 2-for-45 (.044) in 13 games this season before being sidelined for 10 weeks with a neck injury. He singled to right twice and came home in the fourth on a bloop single from Ike Davis.

"I haven't had that many at-bats from the end of last year, no at-bats really in Spring Training," Crisp said, "so when I came back the first time from elbow surgery I didn't really have the appropriate time [to recover]. I wanted to wait and make sure I was myself, and I was able to do that." More >

Crisp singles in return from DL

"He's got a very deceptive delivery, and that arm angle is not normal and then the ball is coming out 93, 94, 95 [mph]. ... He's a special talent, and it's pretty amazing to think he was a shortstop not too long ago." -- Joseph, on rookie Mychal Givens, who replaced Wilson and struck out three of the four A's he faced

"I'm playing the game. I know I have to make some changes in the way I dive or slide, but for the most part, you know, just go out there and play." -- Crisp, on whether he'll play more cautious

In Joseph's career, the Orioles are 35-5 when he logs at least one RBI and 17-2 when he gets more than one.

Joseph's RBI double

Eric Sogard has not committed an error since May 8 and has a 51-game errorless streak as a second baseman.

Sogard turns two

Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez will take the hill for Baltimore on Tuesday night. The righty is coming off his worst outing of the season, lasting just 3 2/3 innings against Detroit.

A's: Chris Bassitt takes the mound for the A's in search of his first win of the season. The right-hander has yielded three runs or fewer in all five of his starts this year but doesn't have any wins to show for it.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.