Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray works against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo: AP)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Sonny Gray struck out eight to win his fifth consecutive decision, and the Oakland Athletics pounded the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 on Sunday.
Gray (11-3) gave up two runs, one earned, two hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander hasn't lost since June 13 at the New York Yankees.
The major-league best A's (61-37) overpowered the AL East-leading Orioles (53-44) in the final regular-season meeting between the playoff-contending clubs. Oakland had 15 hits, chasing starter Kevin Gausman (4-3) in the fifth before beating up Baltimore's bullpen the rest of the way.
Eric O'Flaherty tossed 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to help Oakland finish 4-2 against the Orioles with its most impressive performance of the series.