(Sports Network) - A.J. Griffin hopes to bounce back from a dreadful showing
his last time out when the Oakland Athletics continue a four-game series with
the Baltimore Orioles at O.co Coliseum.
Griffin had allowed two runs or less in his first three starts, but was hit
hard by the Boston Red Sox on Monday for nine runs (7 earned) and eight hits
in only four innings to fall to 2-1 on the year, while ballooning his ERA more
than two runs to 4.50.
"I felt like I was making my pitches, and they were just being aggressive,"
said Griffin, who has never faced the Orioles. "I was trying to get ahead, and
they were putting good swings on them. They had good approaches and stayed on
the ball all night."
Baltimore relies on righty Chris Tillman on Saturday, as he takes another
crack at his first win of the season. Tillman was effective on Monday against
Toronto, surrendering a run in 6 2/3 innings, but did not factor in the
decision of his team's 2-1 win.
"I was able to get ahead with my pitches early, and my secondary stuff was
there for me," said Tillman, who is 0-1 on the year with a 5.23 ERA. "I was
able to pound the strike zone early and kind of make the pitches when I needed
On Friday, Wei-Yin Chen was brilliant over eight scoreless innings to lead
Baltimore to a 3-0 win. Steve Pearce, Nate McLouth and Nick Markakis each
drove in a run for the Orioles, winners in seven of their last nine games.
Chen (2-2) scattered two hits and two walks while striking out five to earn
his second straight win. Jim Johnson then stranded a runner in the ninth to
pick up his AL-leading ninth save. He is now tied with Pittsburgh closer Jason
Grilli for the most saves in the majors.
Tommy Milone (3-2) absorbed the loss for Oakland, despite yielding just one
unearned run over 6 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits and struck out five in
his second setback in as many starts.
Oakland won five of its nine meetings with the Orioles last season and has
beaten them in 16 of the last 21 matchups at home. In fact the Athletics are
13-0-1 in the last 14 season series against the Orioles, dating back to the
start of the 1999 season.
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