Orioles lefty allows two runs in six-plus, but lacks run support
By Rick Eymer
OAKLAND -- For the second straight night, an Orioles starter gave the team every opportunity to win a game and it didn't work out.
Wade Miley threw six strong innings for the Orioles, allowing a pair of runs, and four of his six hits, in the third inning. Aside from Adam Jones' homer, the Orioles couldn't push anything across, taking a 2-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
"I was leaving the ball up the whole inning," Miley said. "It kind of got away. I didn't command the ball early, but I found it."
Miley has given up six runs through his first 11 innings with the Orioles, though he's shown Orioles manager Buck Showalter he'll be helpful over the final 50 games of the regular season.
"He made very few mistakes," Showalter said. "He's athletic. He's been impressive."
Jones was the extent of Baltimore's offense against starter Zach Neal and three relievers. He hit a home run to lead off the fourth and singled in the ninth against closer Ryan Madson. Jonathan Schoop doubled for the Orioles' only other hit.
"The offense right now can't get things going," Jones said. "We're not putting things together back-to-back-to-back. We're still in first place, right?"
The Orioles are struggling against the AL West right now, losing nine of their last 11 games against the division. Overall, the Orioles' winning percentage against the AL West is .357 (10-18). They're at .631 (53-31) against the rest of the Majors.
"That's baseball," Miley said. "Neal threw the ball extremely well and kept us down."
Miley said he felt more comfortable in his second start with the Orioles.
"I still had the jitters, like I do every start, but I felt much better," he said. "I was more relaxed."
Jones, 11-for-22 on the current road trip, moved into 10th place on the Orioles' all-time hits list with 1,404, one more than Al Bumbry. Hyun-Soo Kim went 0-for-4 and had his career-high 10-game hitting streak snapped. He hit .324 (12-for-37) during his streak.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.