OAKLAND -- Kevin Gausman has left a game tied or with the lead seven times this season. The Orioles right-hander's record in those games is 0-1 with six no-decisions. Five times he's left a game when the offense had yet to score a run.It's not that Gausman is unlucky, it's
OAKLAND -- Kevin Gausman has left a game tied or with the lead seven times this season. The Orioles right-hander's record in those games is 0-1 with six no-decisions. Five times he's left a game when the offense had yet to score a run.
It's not that Gausman is unlucky, it's just a way to understand that he's pitched much better than his record would indicate. He fell to 3-9, including 0-8 on the road, as the Athletics edged the Orioles, 3-2, on Monday night at the Coliseum.
"He's throwing the heck out of the ball," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "He's controlling what he can control. It's crazy; we score 10 runs [Sunday] and tonight we score two. You wish you could use some of those runs tonight. It's a part of the game."
If Gausman is frustrated, he's certainly not showing it. He even joked about the distance between the mound and the dugout in the cavernous Coliseum.
"I had to pace myself running to the mound," he said. "It's a long way. There's a lot of foul territory here and a lot foul balls are going to stay in. It's very different from the parks on the East Coast."
The Orioles took the early lead because of the spacious area near the visitors' bullpen.
With the bases loaded in the third, Manny Machado, who homered in the eighth, hit a high pop foul that Yonder Alfonso was able to track down near the seats in short right field. J.J. Hardy alertly tagged from third and scored. The Orioles could not take any more advantage of the opportunity.
Gausman left the game down, 2-1. The A's tacked on a run in the seventh and Machado responded with his 26th home run of the season and his fourth in two games.
"Since he's come to the big leagues, he's been an impressive player," Jones said of Machado. "And he's only going to get better and better."
Gausman hasn't won on the road in over a year. All he can do is shrug his shoulders.
"I've pitched well in some of those outings," he said. "Some of them I haven't at all."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com.