The A's emerged from Friday's bout between the leaders in the American League Wild Card standings with a 3-2 win, but there will be no time to rest. The Orioles send Zach Britton to the mound in an attempt to even the series, and the left-hander has been tough on the road this year. In five starts away from home in 2012, Britton is 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA and three quality starts.
Britton will be looking for a rebound start, after allowing five runs on five hits and five walks in just 3 1/3 innings his last time out.
"They stayed with a good approach, not chasing those balls that start at the knees and were going down," Britton said after his outing against the Yankees. "And I just didn't make the adjustment that I had to. When I got ahead, I got the results I wanted, I got the ground balls. But in the situations where I really needed to get ahead, I wasn't able to do it."
Britton will be opposed by Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker. In his first full season in the Majors, Parker is 10-8 with a 3.56 ERA.
"It's more right now of just doing everything and anything, prepare and stay fresh and keep feeling good every time out, so it's not so much mechanical," Parker said. "Just going out there and doing it and not really thinking about it, kind of getting back to what I've always done. Just going out and doing it and not trying to overthink or overanalyze the situation or a mechanical issue. It's just doing it and executing. That's what I've kind of done these last three or four or five times out is just attack and go back to not thinking and just playing baseball."
A's: Cespedes doesn't slow down
Despite leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning with a sprained right wrist, Yoenis Cespedes hit his 19th home run of the season on Friday. Cespedes is second among American League rookies in home runs, RBIs (70), runs (57) and doubles (21).
Tommy Milone broke the A's rookie record for wins in a season with his 13th victory on Friday. He was previously tied with Chris Codiroli (1983) and Joe Blanton (2005).
Orioles: Saunders drops rare decision to A's
Joe Saunders entered Friday's tilt with a 13-4 all-time record against the A's. Despite that stellar record and allowing just three runs in six innings, Saunders lost his fifth game against the A's and dropped to 2-2 since joining the Orioles in a trade with Arizona.
The A's lead the season series 4-3 after a 3-2 win on Friday.
Players on the Oakland roster are a collective 12-for-40 (.300) off Britton with two home runs and two doubles.