We give ourselves opportunities a lot and typically we come through.
BALTIMORE, United States — Presented with an opportunity to make up ground in their playoff run, the Oakland Athletics were mounting a comeback against the Baltimore Orioles’ shaky bullpen in the eighth inning of a tight game.
Mychal Givens would have none of it.
Givens put an end to the potential rally, and the Orioles snapped Oakland’s six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Thursday night.
Stephen Piscotty homered for the A’s, who fell 3½ games behind first-place Houston in the American League West and 1½ back of the Yankees for the top wild-card slot.
Down 4-2 in the eighth, Oakland hit successive singles off Miguel Castro and loaded the bases with one out. After Paul Fry walked Matt Olson to force in a run, Givens struck out Piscotty and retired Marcus Semien on a fly ball.
Jace Peterson doubled in a run in the bottom half, and Givens finished for his seventh save despite issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth.
“We give ourselves opportunities a lot and typically we come through,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
“We had a lot of chances, especially in the eighth inning, which was a big inning for us. We didn’t come through, especially with Stephen up at the plate.”
The credit goes to Givens, who’s been closing since Baltimore traded Zach Britton in late July.
“That was a pretty good pitcher they brought in, especially against righties,” Melvin said.
Dylan Bundy had eight strikeouts in six solid innings for the Orioles, who snapped a six-game skid and avoided being swept for the 22nd time.
Bundy (8-14) gave up two runs and six hits to earn his first win since July 29. The right-hander was 0-5 in his previous seven starts.
“He made them beat his breaking ball,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
“He had good command of it and they didn’t seem like they were seeing it or following it.”