OAKLAND -- The Baltimore Orioles quickly spoiled the celebrating mood for A's fans Saturday, putting up four first-inning runs on their way to an 8-4 win.
The dust had barely settled on the A's pregame ceremony honoring their 1989 World Series championship team when Baltimore jumped on Oakland starter Jason Hammel. The former Oriole, acquired in a July 5 trade from the Chicago Cubs, allowed five runs and six hits while retiring just six of the 14 batters he faced in two-plus innings.
"It was outstanding energy out there tonight with the whole pregame thing celebrating the '89 team," Hammel said. "It was a lot of fun. I'm just disappointed to send them home with (a loss)."
Orioles slugger Adam Jones tagged former teammate Hammel, who pitched for Baltimore in 2012 and '13, for a three-run home run before he could record an out, and J.J. Hardy added to the pain with a solo shot later in the inning. Hammel's day was done after the first three batters reached in the third inning, with Chris Davis' RBI double serving as the knockout blow.
A sellout crowd of 36,067, on hand to cheer the stars of Oakland's last title-winning squad, instead was growing restless by the time Hammel got the final out of the opening frame.
The stirring of the crowd began again when Hammel walked Jones to lead off the third. After Nelson Cruz singled and Davis doubled, Hammel left the game to a smattering of boos.
The A's, who had won four of the past five times the Coliseum sold out, fell to 7-4 in front of capacity home crowds this year.
"We've done pretty well in front of big crowds here," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We didn't do that."
Dan Otero, who worked out of a jam after replacing Hammel in the third, allowed a two-run single to Jones in the fourth that gave the Orioles a 7-1 lead. The A's scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth, but Baltimore maintained its grip on the game throughout.
The top of Baltimore's order was particularly troublesome for the A's. Nick Markakis, Steve Pearce and Jones combined to go 9 for 13 with six runs scored. They reached base on 12 of their 15 plate appearances. Markakis had four hits, and Jones drove in five runs.
"One through six really, they can do a lot of damage," Melvin said. "They hit a lot of homers, they score a lot of runs. That's where we had the most trouble, obviously, at the top of the lineup today."
Hammel blamed poor pitch execution for his rough -- and brief -- night.
"Physically, I felt pretty good," Hammel said. "Just bad execution. Just one that I go home and forget. Come back tomorrow and start over."
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