OAKLAND — Coco Crisp has long been considered a catalyst for the Oakland Athletics.
At this late stage of the season and in last place in the American League, he could at least provide a bright spot.
The left fielder returned from the 60-day disabled list from a neck injury that sidelined him since May 20 and provided a pair of hits in a 9-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Crisp was one of six roster moves by Oakland before the game. He batted second and went 2 for 4 following a five-game rehab assignment with Class-A Stockton.
“I haven’t had that many at-bats from the end of last year, no at-bats really in spring training, so when I came back the first time from elbow surgery I didn’t really have the appropriate time,” Crisp said. “I wanted to wait and make sure I was myself, and I was able to do that.”
Baltimore rookie Tyler Wilson shut down the A’s, and the Orioles hitters jumped on Jesse Chavez in a hurry.
Chavez’s winless stretch reached three starts. The right-hander failed to reach five innings for the second time in three starts, knocked out after 3 2-3 with nine hits and six runs. He went a season-low three innings July 24 at San Francisco then five at Dodger Stadium last Wednesday.
“They made him work pretty hard, and when he threw the ball in the middle of the plate they hit it,” manager Bob Melvin said.
Felix Doubront pitched 4 1-3 innings of relief in his Oakland debut following a trade from Toronto on Friday. With Boston (47-59) off, the A’s (47-60) fell into last place in the American League.
“He got quite a few swings and misses. He’s got some deception,” Melvin said. “I thought as the game went along he mixed his pitches a little bit better.”
Chris Davis hit a three-run shot in the first inning for his 27th homer to back Wilson’s impressive spot start.
Caleb Joseph added a two-run homer in the fourth off Chavez (5-11) as Baltimore won for the eighth time in 10 games.
“That’s what’s frustrating is I’m physically fine, I feel strong,” Chavez said. “It’s just one little mechanical thing that can make it look like you’re dragging.”
Orioles skipper Buck Showalter earned his 1,313th career managerial victory, tying him with Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon for 31st all-time.
Adam Jones had an RBI double in the third inning on one of his three hits, while Jimmy Paredes and Joseph hit run-scoring doubles in the fifth.
Wilson (2-1) pitched 7 2-3 innings in place of Chris Tillman, who has an injured left ankle. Wilson allowed two runs and six hits, struck out three and walked two in his second major league start and sixth appearance after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
In terms of the options, Showalter quipped, “It was him and him.”
Davis sent an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right-center with two outs in the opening half-inning and Baltimore built off that. Joseph matched his career high with three RBIs, and the Orioles are 17-2 when he drives in at least two runs.