BALTIMORE (AP) — Leave it to a guy from SoCal to describe what’s happening with his team from NoCal.
“It’s tubular right now,” A’s pitcher Cole Irvin said.
The Oakland Athletics earned their 12th consecutive victory — the club’s longest winning streak in almost two decades — defeating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday night.
Irvin, from Anaheim, California, took a shutout into the sixth inning to keep the A’s rolling.
Oakland’s string is its longest since it won a franchise-record 20 in a row in 2002. It is the Athletics’ third-longest winning streak since moving to Oakland in 1968, and is the longest in the majors since Houston’s 12-game run from June 6-18, 2018.
Ramón Laureano homered and Irvin won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly two years as the A’s improved to 13-1 since dropping their first six games.
“We are absolutely in this thing and we’re having a lot of fun,” Irvin said. “Even when we went on that little six-game skid, there was no panic in the locker room. In years past, I’ve seen it definitely encompass a room. The guys were more together during those six games.
“Right now, the vibes are really now. They’re high. We’re enjoying riding the wave right now,” he said.
Baltimore has lost seven of its eight home games.
Irvin (2-2) had won back-to-back starts just once before, his first two career starts for Philadelphia in May 2019. Coming off six shutout innings against Detroit on Saturday, he stymied the Orioles for five innings. But Baltimore stitched together four singles in the sixth, capped by Pedro Severino’s RBI single, to end Irvin’s night.
Reliever Yusmeiro Petit then retired the next two hitters to strand the bases loaded. Petit has allowed just one run over 10 innings in his last nine…