Gonzalez still trying to turn corner

Gonzalez still trying to turn corner

OAKLAND -- It's been a less-than-ideal stretch for Miguel Gonzalez.

The righty, who has traditionally been one of Baltimore's more dependable starting pitchers, hasn't been able to go deep into games during this inconsistent 2015 season. That trend continued in Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the A's as Gonzalez lasted just 5 1/3 innings, marking the seventh time in the past nine games he has failed to record more than an out in the sixth inning.

"It's a long season," said Gonzalez who has pitched to a 5.48 ERA over the past nine games, allowing 28 earned runs on 59 hits and 14 walks over that stretch. "You're not always going to be 100 percent, and you've got to minimize damage when you get that opportunity and I haven't been able to do that. But we're going to keep working hard to be able to do it. "

The A's scored three runs on five hits and three walks off Gonzalez; one of the runs was charged to him after he exited. The righty left the game following Brett Lawrie's RBI triple and was relieved by Chaz Roe, who struck out the first batter he faced, Mark Canha. After Roe was asked to intentionally walk No. 8 hitter Eric Sogard, Marcus Semien delivered a three-run homer.

"If we go up there and give him a couple-run cushion like we did last night with Tyler [Wilson], it allows him to breathe. We couldn't muster anything," O's outfielder Adam Jones said after Baltimore was held in check by A's starter Chris Bassitt. "[Gonzalez is] out there battling his tail off, especially his last couple starts. We haven't been able to get him some runs."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter echoed that sentiment.

"I know that's the line, but I thought Miguel pitched pretty well tonight all things considered. We just didn't score any runs," Showalter said. "He could have come out of that with one or two runs and we score four or five and we're talking about a whole different subject."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.