OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics like their chances of winning anytime right-hander Sonny Gray takes the mound. When Gray pitches following an Oakland loss, the A's are almost unbeatable.
One day after the A's fell 8-4 to Baltimore, Gray pitched another gem Sunday, allowing just two hits and two runs (one earned) in a 10-2 rout of the Orioles. Gray improved to 8-1 in his starts following an A's loss.
"It's big games coming off a loss," Gray said. "I know going in it's a game where I really want to put up a good performance and try to get the team back on track with a win. I think everyone's very conscious of it."
Gray (11-3) won his fifth straight decision. He is 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA over his past six starts.
"I feel good," Gray said. "Just really can't wait to get back out there every time I come off the mound. I just love going out there. It's nice to get into a little bit of a rhythm."
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Tuesday -- Astros (LHP Brett Oberholtzer, 2-7, 4.50 ERA) at Athletics (LHP Scott Kazmir, 11-3, 2.38 ERA)
--RHP Sonny Gray won his fifth consecutive decision Sunday, allowing just two runs (one earned) and two hits over 6 2/3 innings during a 10-2 victory against Baltimore. Gray struck out eight and walked two. He hasn't lost since June 13 against the Yankees. Gray is 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his past six starts.
--C John Jaso stayed hot at the plate Sunday in Oakland's 10-2 rout of Baltimore. He went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, a walk and a run. In his past 23 games, Jaso is batting .311. The triple was Jaso's third of the year. He had only six career triples entering this season.
--C/1B Stephen Vogt went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a walk and a run Sunday in Oakland's 10-2 victory against Baltimore. It was Vogt's third three-hit game of the season. He raised his average to .364 (43-for-118).
--RF Josh Reddick (strained right knee) could be activated in time for Tuesday's game against Houston, after the team's off day. "He feels good," A's manager Bob Melvin said Sunday. Reddick, who began a rehab assignment July 14, went 2-for-4 with a homer Sunday for Class A Stockton. He is 9-for-21 (.429) with three homers and eight RBIs in five games for the Ports.
--INF Andy Parrino was packing his bags after Sunday's 10-2 victory against Baltimore and said he was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento, although the A's had yet to announce that move. Parrino, who hit .250 with two doubles and one RBI, played shortstop, second base and left field this season for the A's. "I definitely feel more comfortable this year," Parrino said. "Hopefully I'll be back soon and do whatever I can to help this team keep winning."
--3B Alberto Callaspo did some running Sunday for the first time since injuring his right hamstring and landing on the 15-day disabled list July 12. He likely will resume baseball activities Tuesday, after the Athletics' off day. "I think he's coming along at pretty much the pace we expected," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
--2B Eric Sogard made his first start Sunday against Baltimore since July 12 and his third start in July. Sogard went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Oakland's 10-2 win, raising his batting average to .194. "He's been a guy that has contributed over the last couple years for us, and when he gets hot, he gets really hot," A's manager Bob Melvin said before the game. "He can put together some 15-for-30 streaks, and his defense is always there. Hopefully this is a game where he can springboard himself to get a little more confidence at the plate and get some more at-bats because he hasn't gotten too many at-bats here recently." Sogard snapped his career-high streak of 62 games without an error in the seventh inning when he was charged with a throwing error.
--LF Yoenis Cespedes snapped his career-high streak of 18 games without an extra-base hit Sunday when he doubled in the sixth inning during Oakland's 10-2 victory against Baltimore. Cespedes went 2-for-5 and scored a run but also struck out twice.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He was throwing strikes. I think that was the big key. He was mixing his pitches and throwing strikes with everything." -- C John Jaso, on RHP Sonny Gray, who limited the Orioles to two hits in 6 2/3 innings Sunday during the Athletics' 10-2 win.
--INF Alberto Callaspo (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list July 12. He resumed running July 20, and he might resume baseball activities July 22.
--RF Josh Reddick (strained right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list June 29. He began doing cardio and weight training work July 3. Reddick took batting practice and shagged balls during batting practice in the outfield July 7. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Stockton on July 14, and he likely will be activated July 22.
--1B Kyle Blanks (torn left calf) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 23. An MRI revealed that Blanks' calf has a small tear and not is not merely strained, the initial diagnosis.
--RHP A.J. Griffin (right flexor tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 4. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery April 30.
--RHP Jarrod Parker (torn right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. He had a second Tommy John surgery March 24, and he will miss the entire season.
RHP Sonny Gray
LHP Scott Kazmir
RHP Jeff Samardzija
RHP Jesse Chavez
RHP Jason Hammel
LHP Sean Doolittle (closer)
RHP Ryan Cook
RHP Luke Gregerson
RHP Jim Johnson
RHP Dan Otero
LHP Fernando Abad
LHP Eric O'Flaherty
1B Nate Freiman
2B Eric Sogard
SS Jed Lowrie
3B Josh Donaldson
INF Nick Punto
INF Andy Parrino
LF Yoenis Cespedes
CF Coco Crisp
RF Brandon Moss
OF Craig Gentry
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