(OAKLAND)—These are the 2014 Oakland Athletics as we have known them this year: hitting the ball hard, hustling on the bases, throwing strikes and beating up the other team.
The A's beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-2, today at the O.co Coliseum, and they haven't lost a home series in their last ten, dating back to the first week of May. In addition, Oakland beat Baltimore in four of six games this year to clinch the season series, which might help them come October.
Sonny Gray gave up one earned run in 6.2 innings, surrendering just two hits while striking out eight batters. First baseman Stephen Vogt had three hits, while catcher John Jaso, third baseman Josh Donaldson and left fielder Craig Gentry each had two hits and two RBI.
The A's did make three throwing errors in this game, but it barely mattered once Oakland took a 4-0 lead before the Orioles even got a hit off Gray.
The team is now 61-37 and still holds a 1.5-game lead in the American League West division over the Los Angeles Angels. Holding on to first place in the AL East still, Baltimore travels to L.A. next to face the Angels, by the way.
Oakland gone 19-9 in its last 28 games, but they're still in a dogfight for the division. While the Angels and the Orioles battle it out, the A's get to host the Houston Astros for three games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Gray now is 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA over his last six starts, and this was his first career win over Baltimore. The young righty now boasts an 11-3 record overall, with a 2.72 ERA.
The A's are 32-16 at the O.co this season so far, and they're 9-0-1 in their last ten home series since dropping three of four to Seattle on May 5-7. Only the Angels have a better home record this year in the major leagues (34-16).
Oakland gets a day off tomorrow before facing the Astros, and after that three-game series against Houston, the A's head off to Texas for six games: three against the Rangers (39-59) in Arlington and three more against the Astros (41-58) in MinuteMaid Park. The two AL West teams from the Lone Star State have the worst records in the league.
On the other hand, the A's have had the best record baseball for 29 straight days now.