Lowrie doubles twice, drives in both A's runs

Second baseman has AL-leading 35 two-baggers

Lowrie doubles twice, drives in both A's runs

OAKLAND -- Veteran infielder Jed Lowrie has started to heat up again for the A's.

Lowrie hit two doubles and knocked in both runs as the A's lost, 7-2, to the Orioles Thursday night at the Coliseum.

"I got good pitches to hit and put good swings on it," Lowrie said. "It's no more complicated than that, and if you try to make it more complicated, it's a harder game."

Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score Rajai Davis for the A's first run. He knocked in the second run in the eighth when he rolled a double down the right-field line, scoring Marcus Semien.

Lowrie's sacrifice fly

"You're going to get the pitcher's best stuff when guys are on base," Lowrie said. "They're going to buckle down a little bit more, so you just have to be even more selective."

Lowrie also hit a double to lead off the fourth, but was stranded at third. The two doubles give Lowrie 35 on the season, the most in the American League and tying Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy for the most in all of baseball.

Lowrie struggled to find good results for most of July, batting .179 from July 1-28. He tweaked a knee injury in Chicago in late June, which he said "zapped some of my leg strength."

"I lined out 23 times in the month, so there's not a whole lot you can do about that," Lowrie said. "If you add in some diminished leg strength and some bad luck, the numbers look bad, but there's nothing you can do about it. All I can do is hit line drives, and they didn't fall."

They've started to fall for Lowrie recently, as he's gotten a hit in nine of his last 10 starts and is batting .349 (16-for-46) since July 29 with seven doubles. A's manager Bob Melvin hasn't seen any change in Lowrie's approach.

"He's pretty consistent in what he does," Melvin said. "Everybody's going to go through difficult periods, but he's been really consistent the entire season, less maybe a bad week or two."

And, no matter the result -- as when he lined out to end the game with the bases loaded in the ninth -- Lowrie will keep his mentality the same.

"I'm not going to change my approach when I'm hitting line drives and they're catching them," he said. "If you hit enough of them, enough will fall."

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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