10-run in­ning moves win­ning streak to 6

San Francisco Chronicle - - GIANTS - By Su­san Slusser Su­san Slusser is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: ss­lusser@sfchron­i­cle.com Twitter: @su­sanslusser

BAL­TI­MORE — What hap­pens when a team that feasts against clubs with los­ing records meets the worst team in base­ball?

Some­thing like this: The A’s sent 15 men to the plate in the third in­ning Wed­nes­day night at Cam­den Yards and scored 10 runs, nine of them be­fore the Ori­oles recorded an out. Bal­ti­more man­aged one hit all night.

The 10-0 vic­tory was the A’s sixth win in a row as they kept pace with red-hot Houston, re­main­ing three games back in the AL West. They gained a game on the Yan­kees to move a game back of the first AL wild­card spot.

“A pretty re­mark­able in­ning,” man­ager Bob Melvin said. “For it to hap­pen all in one in­ning is pretty unique.”

At 89-57, Oak­land is 32 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 23, 2003.

Bal­ti­more starter An­drew Cash­ner took the worst of the drub­bing in the in­ning, giv­ing up seven hits and a walk. Matt Chap­man pro­vided the first big blow, a two-run dou­ble with the bases loaded, and Matt Ol­son hit a three-run homer to left off Cash­ner. Ol­son has 26 homers, and his blast was No. 200 this sea­son for the A’s.

“Ev­ery­one was work­ing the count, get­ting a good pitch to

hit and squar­ing it up,” Ol­son said. “There weren’t too many cheap ones. It was im­pres­sive.”

Af­ter Stephen Pis­cotty ex­tended his hit­ting streak to a ca­reer-high 13 games with a base hit, Cody Carroll re­placed Cash­ner and walked Mar­cus Semien, then gave up sin­gles to Nick Mar­tini and Jonathan Lu­croy — the sec­ond for each of them in the in­ning. Lu­croy’s sent in two runs.

“It was wild. It was spe­cial,” Mar­tini said. “I’ve never seen any­thing like it.”

When Carroll fi­nally got Ra­mon Lau­re­ano to pop up 12 bat­ters into the in­ning, the small crowd at Cam­den Yards — which hadn’t even both­ered to boo as the A’s smacked hit af­ter hit — jok­ingly went wild.

“When the first out was made, I heard the fans sar­cas­ti­cally cheer­ing and I was kind of like, ‘Oh,’ ” Ol­son said. “I didn’t re­al­ize no one had got­ten out yet.”

Chap­man then sin­gled in Mar­tini be­fore Carroll got Jed Lowrie to fly out and struck out Khris Davis.

In his first at-bat in the in­ning, Davis had hit a run­scor­ing sin­gle for his 110th RBI of the sea­son, match­ing his ca­reer high set last year.

With the big lead, Melvin was able to get some reg­u­lars out of the game early. Chad Pin­der played third for Chap­man and made an Chap­manesque play in the eighth, div­ing to his left for a sharp bouncer, get­ting up and throw­ing out Austin Wynns at first.

The A’s are 48-14 against teams with sub-.500 records, and the Ori­oles are a bigleague-worst 41-104. They’ve lost all five games against the A’s this year.

Oak­land went the “bullpen­ning” route again, with re­liever Liam Hen­driks serv­ing as the “opener.” Hen­driks al­lowed a two-out sin­gle — the only hit al­lowed by A’s pitch­ers all night — and needed only 11 pitches to get through the in­ning. Daniel Meng­den took the mound in the sec­ond and worked five in­nings, al­low­ing one walk and strik­ing out three.

In four out­ings since re­turn­ing from Triple-A Nashville, Meng­den has al­lowed four runs, three earned, all in re­lief as the “bridge guy,” as he put it.

“It’s one of those things, when­ever BoMel tells me I’m on, I’m on, and I’ve just got to be able to ad­just, learn new rou­tines and ad­just,” said Meng­den, who picked up the win. “It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but I’ve grasped it and I kind of have a bet­ter idea of how to be ready and get go­ing.”

Hen­driks has “opened” four games and the A’s have won the past two.

Oak­land is 20-8 against the AL East this sea­son, with a game left at Bal­ti­more and a three-game se­ries at Tampa Bay this week­end. The Rays are now the A’s clos­est pur­suer for the sec­ond wild-card, trail­ing Oak­land by 8½ games.

Greg Fi­ume / Getty Im­ages

Ra­mon Lau­re­ano triples in the sev­enth, long af­ter the game had been de­cided.

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