Graveman outlasts strong Orioles start to help A’s win 9-3 – The Mercury News


OAKLAND — Kendall Graveman gave the A’s beleaguered rotation a lift by outlasting early trouble Sunday and his persistence was rewarded when Matt Chapman blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning, sending Oakland to a 9-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Graveman, making his third start since 2½ months on the shelf with a sore shoulder, couldn’t keep the Orioles off the bases early. Seven of the first 12 batters he faced got hits, but he limited the damage to a pair of runs, and wound up pitching seven effective innings.

That was a huge boost for a rotation that labored over the past week. A’s starters allowed 29 earned runs (including 10 home runs) in 26 2/3 innings over the previous six games. Sean Manaea let in six runs in a third of an inning the night before.

Manager Bob Melvin, whose team had dropped four of five games, said before the game that he was counting on Graveman to help turn the tide.

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