A’s continue barrage, extend win streak to 13

BALTIMORE — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics won their 13th straight game, building a big lead early and beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on a rainy Saturday night.

This is the third-longest winning streak in Oakland history. The A’s won 14 straight in 1988, then set an American League record with 20 consecutive victories in 2002. It’s also the longest streak in the majors since 2017.

The Athletics, who lost their first six games this season, have outscored opponents 83-36 during the run. Since the streak began on April 9, Oakland has led the MLB in runs, runs per game and homers. They lead the AL in both ERA and starting pitcher ERA.

Matt Olson and Mark Canha had two hits and two RBIs apiece for Oakland, which has won nine in row against the Orioles dating to 2019.

Chris Bassitt (2-2) weathered steady rain that fell at Camden Yards, allowing two runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and improved to 3-0 in four career starts against Baltimore.

The A’s took a 1-0 lead in the first on a bloop single by Olson that scored Canha, who led off with a double against Wade LeBlanc (0-1). LeBlanc made his first start of the season after five relief appearances.

Oakland extended the lead to 4-0 on a two-run single by Canha and a double by Olson in the second that ended LeBlanc’s night. The Orioles scored their first run of the game on a double by Chance Sisco that deflected off first base and went into the outfield.

Lowrie answered in the third with his homer over the right-field scoreboard off Tyler Wells, a Rule 5 pick.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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