The Birds' four-game winning streak was snapped after a 5-2 loss to the A's on Friday night at Camden Yards.
Jake Arrieta pitched a pretty good game but was hurt by the long ball, giving up two homers over 5 2/3 innings of work. Arrieta (1-2) allowed just four hits and two walks, but four runs scored while he was on the mound.
The offense was quiet, as the O's managed just five hits in the game, although three went for extra-bases. Nolan Reimold, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy all doubled, while Adam Jones (11) and Nick Markakis (9) drove in the O's only runs...
On the plus side, Kevin Gregg came on in mop-up relief and retired the side in order in the ninth inning, striking out two.
With the loss the Birds (12-8) dropped into second place in the ultra-competitive East, where four of the five clubs are at .500 or better.
I'll be at The Yard tonight to collect my Frank Robinson statue; hopefully the rain stays away and the Birds can start another winning streak. Wei-Yin Chen is slated to take the mound.