OAKLAND -- Khris Davis and Matt Olson of the Athletics hit back-to-back home runs off Orioles starter Andrew Cashner in the first inning Friday night, turning a one-run deficit into a 4-1 lead in a game the A's ultimately won, 6-4, at the Coliseum.
"We're scoring a lot of runs and our at-bats are great late in games, but it's important we get off to good starts, too, and we did today," Oakland skipper Bob Melvin said. "Two pretty good hitters hit home runs. It's kind of what they do."
The A's fell behind, 1-0, but quickly went ahead behind the power display of their two sluggers.
After Matt Joyce walked leading off the bottom of the first and Marcus Semien reached on an error, Jed Lowrie popped out to shortstop. Davis then clubbed his eighth home run on a 1-0 pitch from Cashner, a towering shot to left-center that traveled a Statcast-projected 432 feet and had a launch angle of 27 degrees with an exit velocity of 108.0 mph.
Six pitches later Olson followed with his fourth home run, a 429-foot rocket to right-center that had a launch angle of 28 degrees and an exit velocity of 104.3 mph. Olson also doubled in the fifth and hit that one harder (105.3 mph).
"I hit them both pretty well," Olson said. "I hit the [double] to left a little lower and more on line. I'll take that in tomorrow and keep building on it."