Orioles’ outfielder Craig Gentry left the fourth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays after sustaining a right middle finger laceration. The club has yet to elaborate on the cause of the injury or release a timeline for Gentry’s return.
The 33-year-old outfielder entered the game in the second inning to relieve starting center fielder Adam Jones, who was tossed after arguing balls and strikes following his swinging strikeout in the first inning. Like Jones, Gentry also struck out in his lone at-bat of the night and was replaced by Joey Rickard in the fourth, who went 0-for-3 against an airtight Toronto defense.
It’s poor timing for Gentry, who finally looked like he had bested a string of injuries dating back through 2011. He has yet to serve a stint on the disabled list this season, and hasn’t sustained any serious hand injuries since fracturing his right hand on an attempted bunt in 2014. He entered Friday’s competition batting .260/.336/.390 with two home runs and a .726 OPS through 116 PA for Baltimore.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.