'It's tubular right now': A's win 12th in a row, top O's 3-1

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Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano (22) celebrates with Matt Olson after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April. 23, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Tommy Gilligan)

BALTIMORE – Leave it to a guy from SoCal to describe what's happening with his team from NoCal.

“It’s tubular right now,” A's pitcher Cole Irvin said.

The Oakland Athletics earned their 12th consecutive victory -- the club's longest winning streak in almost two decades — defeating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Friday night.

Irvin, from Anaheim, California, took a shutout into the sixth inning to keep the A's rolling.

Oakland’s string is its longest since it won a franchise-record 20 in a row in 2002. It is the Athletics’ third-longest winning streak since moving to Oakland in 1968, and is the longest in the majors since Houston’s 12-game run from June 6-18, 2018.

Ramón Laureano homered and Irvin won consecutive starts for the first time in nearly two years as the A’s improved to 13-1 since dropping their first six games.

“We are absolutely in this thing and we’re having a lot of fun," Irvin said. "Even when we went on that little six-game skid, there was no panic in the locker room. In years past, I’ve seen it definitely encompass a room. The guys were more together during those six games.

“Right now, the vibes are really now. They’re high. We’re enjoying riding the wave right now,” he said.