Tommy Hunter gave up two more homers and the Birds were held scoreless until the ninth inning in a 6-1 loss to the Athletics on Saturday night.
Hunter (4-6) lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven. He surrendered two two-run homers and has now served-up 24 long-balls on the season, the second-most in the AL.
The O's bats fell quiet once again... Nick Markakis' solo homer in the ninth put the Birds on the board and kept the O's from being shut out. The Orioles actually had 10 hits compared to Oakland's 11, but they failed to get the timely hits, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranding 11 men on base.
The Birds send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound on Sunday afternoon as they look to avoid the sweep. The O's (52-49) are now tied with Tampa for second in the East and are three games behind Oakland and Anaheim for the Wild Card spot.