OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramón Laureano robbed the Orioles of the likely go-ahead run in the eighth inning and then hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom half, sending the Oakland Athletics past Baltimore 7-5 on Sunday to avoid a sweep.
A fist-pumping, ecstatic Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) waited in front of the dugout for Laureano to run in from center field so he could congratulate the outfielder for a terrific leaping catch on the wall to steal an extra-base hit from DJ Stewart and strand a runner on second.
Trey Mancini hit a tying, two-run single in the fifth and put Baltimore ahead two innings later with an RBI single as the Orioles capitalized on another A’s mistake in this series — but Oakland rediscovered some of its late-inning magic.
Laureano’s fifth homer came against Travis Lakins (1-2). Lou Trivino escaped trouble in the ninth for his fifth save.
Slugging A’s first baseman Matt Olson returned after a three-game absence with an injury to his eye area and hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Oakland won for only the third time in eight games after a 13-game winning streak.
Olson had a scare during batting practice Thursday when he got hit near his left eye by a ball that ricocheted off a screen, and he was a late scratch.
Austin Hays tied the game at 2 in the third with a solo homer after Freddy Galvis hit an RBI single off A’s starter Sean Manaea. The lefty allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts, no walks and two wild pitches in five innings.
After losing his first start of the season, Manaea had gone 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA over his last four outings.
Bruce Zimmermann took a no-decision after three straight losing starts for the Orioles. He allowed seven hits, four runs — three earned — and two walks with four strikeouts and two hit batters over…