BALTIMORE — Oakland's Sonny Gray has been so effective this season that sometimes people assume the right-hander is going to shut down the opposition every game.
So when the right-hander struggled in a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said it was a reminder that Gray is still a young pitcher and it's inevitable that there will be some growing pains along the way.
"I'm not concerned," Melvin said. "You're not going to be perfect throughout the course of a season. I think we hold him to such a high standard and expect him to go out and throw a shutout almost every time. You're going to have periods where you're not at your very best."
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman earned his first win as a starter, while Adam Jones and David Lough each homered to even the three-game series at one game apiece.
Gray (6-2) allowed a season-high five runs on four hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the year.
Coco Crisp got three hits for Oakland. He connected in the third for his fourth home run, and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games.
"I felt really good there early in the game, then it was like four or five hitters, and the game just kind of blew up on me right there," Gray said. "I just went out and started throwing balls, and I don't know why. I got behind a lot of hitters that inning, and it was just too many balls."
Called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day, Gausman (1-1) set career highs by pitching seven innings and striking out six.
The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Gausman gave up one run on four hits and a walk. He had made six previous starts in the majors over two seasons.