Ramon Laureano drove in two runs with a triple, Jonah Bride drove in another pair and the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Friday for their third straight win for the first time this season.
Oakland (15-50) entered the event with the worst start in 64 games for any team since 1982 when the Minnesota Twins got off to a similar 14-50 start. All three of the A’s wins have come on the road.
The A’s – who plan to move to Las Vegas – had lost 15 straight road games prior to this streak.
After winning the last two games of their series against Pittsburgh, the A’s carried that momentum with them to Milwaukee, taking a 3-0 lead against Adrian Houser (2-2) in the first inning.
The rally began when Esteury Ruiz singled, then took second base with his major league-leading 30th steal. Laureano hit the triple that drove in Ruiz and Ryan Noda, who had received a walk. Jonah Bride drove in Laureano with a two-out single.
Ruiz put Oakland up 4-0, bringing in Shea Langeliers from second. Bride made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth stretch.
The victory went to the Dominican Luis Medina who relieved 5 innings.
For the Athletics, Dominican Ramón Laureano batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored, Esteury Ruiz 2-for 5 with one run scored and an RBI.
For the Brewers, Mexican Luis Urías batted 3-1 with an RBI, Rowdy Tellez 1-0, Venezuelans William Contreras and Andruw Monasterio 4-0 and 2-0 respectively, and Dominican Willy Adames 4-0.