Jesus Luzardo struggles as A’s fall to Orioles again

The A’s didn’t give themselves much of a chance in their 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon in Oakland to fall to 16-12 on the season and 2-5 in their last seven games.

They crumbled in the third inning. Baltimore’s DJ Stewart reached on a fielding error by A’s first baseman Seth Brown to lead off the frame. Then A’s starter Jesus Luzardo surrendered a single, issued a walk and gave up another single that scored two runs. A’s third baseman Matt Chapman, a standout defender, made an uncharacteristic throwing error that allowed another run to score.

The A’s third-inning slide didn’t stop there, either. Trey Mancini reached on an RBI single that fell out of A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus’ glove in shallow center field, and Mancini eventually scored on a line out to deep right. Luzardo then surrendered another run on his second wild pitch of the frame before finally retiring the side.

The third inning was Luzardo’s last. It was his second-shortest outing of the season. The six runs against him are tied for the most he’s surrendered in his career.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 01: Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics walks to the dugout after giving up six runs during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at RingCentral Coliseum on May 01, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) 

Luardo’s season ERA continues to balloon and sits at an unsightly 5.79 through six starts.

Baltimore was able to extend its lead in the sixth before the A’s could even get on the board when Stewart hit a two-run home run to right off A’s righty reliever J.B. Wendelken to give his team an 8-0 lead.

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As it has been for the last week, the A’s offensive efforts were largely thwarted.

Oakland managed just four hits against Baltimore starter Matt Harvey (3-1), who entered play on Saturday with a 4.26 ERA and left the contest with a 4.06 mark after 5.2 innings of two-run ball.

The A’s first two scores came in the sixth when they collected four two-out hits: A Chapman single, Brown’s RBI double to right, left fielder Tony Kemp’s RBI single to center, and Andrus’ single to right.

Oakland managed another run in the seventh when Mark Canha deposited the ball beyond the left-field wall, his fourth home run of the year. Laureano hit his forth of the season with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

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