Orioles lose to Athletics, 3-2, in 10th after Kimbrel blows save in 9th - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Orioles lose to Athletics, 3-2, in 10th after Kimbrel blows save in 9th

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BALTIMORE—Brent Rocker’s 10th-inning RBI double scored Shea Langeliers, and the Orioles lost, 3-2, to the Oakland Athletics before 22,965 at Camden Yards on Friday night.

Ryan Noda, the automatic runner, was caught in a rundown between third and home for the second out on Langeliers’ grounder to third. Rocker’s double to left against Jacob Webb (0-1) scored Rocker with the go-ahead run.

Mitch Spence (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings for Oakland (11-16). Mason Miller worked the 10th inning for his seventh save, striking out two, including Gunnar Henderson to end the game.

Oriole starter Corbin Burnes continued his excellent April. Burnes allowed a run on three hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked three, throwing 97 pitches. His earned-run average is 2.55.

Langeliers homered with two outs in the first to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. It was the fifth home run allowed by Burnes, the fourth in the first inning.

Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI single against Ross Stripling in the third tied the score at 1, and Cedric Mullins’ sixth home run in the fourth gave the Orioles (17-9) a 2-1 lead.

Danny Coulombe allowed a hit and retired two batters. Yennier Cano retired all four batters he faced.

Close Craig Kimbrel started the ninth, looking for the 425th save of his career, which would have tied Boston’s Kenley Jansen for fifth place on the all-time list, but instead he blew his second save, failing to retire all five batters he faced.

Rocker led off the ninth with a double. Kimbrel walked JJ Bleday. Rocker scored on a double by Abraham Toro. With Darrel Hernaiz at the plate, Kimbrel threw wildly, and Bleday broke for home, and Adley Rutschman retrieved the errant pitch and threw to home to Kimbrel, who tagged Bleday for the out.

Originally, Bleday was called safe, but the call was overturned by replay. Hernaiz and Butler both walked, and Keegan Akin replaced Kimbrel with the bases loaded. He struck out Seth Brown, and Noda flied to right to send the game into the bottom of the ninth.

Earlier on Friday, the Orioles optioned 20-year-old Jackson Holliday, who was just 2-for-34 (.059) to Triple-A Norfolk, and purchased the contract of outfielder Ryan McKenna. To make room for McKenna on the 40-man roster, catcher David Bañuelos was designated for assignment.

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