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Wade Miley gives up early runs as Orioles lose to Yankees

Wade Miley gives up early runs as Orioles lose to Yankees

BALTIMORE –-For the most part it was a productive weekend for the Orioles. They won two of three against the New York Yankees while the leaders in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays lost two of three to Tampa Bay. 

The Orioles concluded the weekend trailing Toronto by three after a 5-2 loss to the Yankees before 31,161 at Oriole Park on Sunday. 

After the game, the Orioles left for a nine-game road trip to face the Rays, Detroit and Boston. When they return on Sept. 15, they’ll begin their final homestand of the season. 

They had numerous scoring chances in the first five innings, stranding eight, but the New York bullpen severely limited their opportunities late in the game. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, all in the first five. 

Their only hit in the final four innings was Chris Davis’ leadoff single in the eighth, but he, too was stranded, the ninth man left on base.

“We know there’s opportunities, but it’s not that easy. They’ve got good pitchers,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Showalter felt there was no letdown because the Orioles won the first two of three. 

“I understand how that may play during the season because you're just trying to win series. We're trying to win games. You beat them twice and you're trying to beat them a third time. We just didn't have much offensively. It didn't have anything to do with ‘that's good enough.’ No. Our guys don't come at it from that angle,” Showalter said. 

Davis is choosing to look at the weekend positively. 

“Yeah. I mean, we had a great series against these guys. We took two of three games. That’s big this time of the year. You can’t sit there and harp on the negatives. You got to move forward. I’m happy that we battled, proud of the way we battled, and we’ll keep going,” Davis said.

Wade Miley had a rough first inning. He walked Brett Gardner and Rob Refsnyder to begin the game. 

Miley (8-12) struck out Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro before Chase Headley singled to score Gardner. After a wild pitch, Austin Romine’s single scored Refsnyder and Headley. 

New York (70-65) took a 4-0 lead in the third when Headley’s RBI single scored Refsnyder. 

“When you don’t throw strikes, it’s tough. I walked the first two hitters of the game, but then I was able to get two outs, and then I gave up the hit to Headley. You put yourself on your heels right out of the gate,” Miley said. 

The Orioles (74-62) scored a run against Michael Pineda in the fourth. Mark Trumbo walked, and took third on Chris Davis’ single. Trumbo scored on Steve Pearce’s force out. 

Adam Jones singled to start the first and scored on Pedro Alvarez’s double to right. 

Luis Severino relieved Pineda and got out of the inning without the Orioles scoring again despite a wild pitch and back-to-back one out walks to Trumbo and Davis. Peace struck out and Matt Wieters grounded to second. 

“We had a good shot there in the fifth and a couple other leadoff hitters on, but we couldn’t mount much,” Showalter said.

Severino (2-8) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. 

Miley allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. During his time with the Orioles, Miley is 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA.

“I feel you can always get better obviously, just trying to battle right there, just trying to keep us in the game, as close as possible,” Miley said. 

“We need to win. Every game on the road, we need to go out and play the game to win, and see where it takes us.”

Trumbo made a two-base error when he dropped Tyler Austin’s fly ball to start the ninth. Austin later scored on Gardner’s fly ball. 

Dellin Betances recorded the last four outs for his eighth save. 

As the Orioles depart on their trip, Showalter knows the team’s mission.

“Win games. It's real simple. We have to win games regardless of how we get there. I don't care how it looks or how it happens, we need to have more runs than them after nine innings, or 10 or 11 or 12 and so on. It's a pretty simple equation right now,” Showalter said.

“That's why you do all the things that we do to be a part of this. Enjoy the competition and enjoy the fruits of the players’ labor to get this chance.”

NOTES: Jones passed Paul Blair for ninth place on the team’s hit list with 1,427. … The Orioles open a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.46) faces Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19).  

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Gausman's arm, Machado's glove shuts out Tampa Bay

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Gausman's arm, Machado's glove shuts out Tampa Bay

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays are teams currently heading in different directions.

Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings, Adam Jones homered and the Orioles sent the Rays to their season-worst fifth straight loss, 5-0 Monday night.

"It all feeds off the starting pitching," Jones said.

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The Rays began the day tied for the second AL wild-card spot. Baltimore won for the sixth time in eight games.

"It's all about how we finish as a team," Gausman said.

Gausman (7-7) gave up five hits and struck out eight. He has permitted seven hits over 13 scoreless innings in two starts this season against Tampa Bay.

The right-hander is 4-1 in his last seven starts.

"Kevin was throwing strikes, and working with some tempo and command," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Darren O'Day, Brad Brach and Richard Bleier completed the six-hitter.

Blake Snell (0-6) went a career-high seven-plus innings. The lefty, who entered with 19 of 30 career starts lasting five or fewer innings, allowed three runs and six hits.

"Snell was tough," Showalter said.

Jones, who also doubled and singled, has an RBI in six straight games. Manny Machado drove in two runs during a three-run eighth and Jonathan Schoop drove in a run for his eighth game in a row.

Rays catcher Wilson Ramos left in the fifth after he was struck on the head by a piece of Ruben Tejada's broken bat. The team said Ramos got six staples and will be evaluated.

"He won't start tomorrow, but we're confident that he feels good," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "A little bit of a scare there. I think Wilson would have preferred to stay in the game. We just weren't able to stop the bleeding."

Jones opened the game with a double and went to third on a wild pitch, but Snell rebounded to strike out Machado and Jonathan Schoop, and retired Mark Trumbo on a popup.

Jones hit his 19th home run in the third.

Snell left in the eighth with two on and no outs. Sergio Romo, in his Rays debut, gave up a two-run single to Machado and Schoop's sacrifice fly. Schoop has 18 RBIs during his streak.

Tampa Bay loaded the bases with two outs in the third but Evan Longoria grounded out. Mallex Smith hit a leadoff triple in the fifth but was left stranded.

"We've just got to continue as this little bit of a funk goes," Cash said. "we've got to find a way to get ourselves out of it."

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Orioles' Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop pull off crazy around the horn double play

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Orioles' Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop pull off crazy around the horn double play

Quietly the Baltimore Orioles are trying to move back into the American League playoff picture. With more defensive plays like the team saw in the first inning on Monday, their odds will greatly improve.

Facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a three-game series, Manny Machado started what would be a key play for Baltimore. 

With one out and a runner on first base, Machado scooped up an Evan Longoria grounder that was flying down the third base line. Running into foul territory the 25-year-old threw across his body to Jonathan Schoop, who made a high-reaching grab at second and delivered a perfect throw down to first. Ending the inning, the Orioles kept the Rays scoreless with only one hit in the bottom half of the first inning. 

Schoop is coming off his first American League player of the week honor after an impressive stretch in seven games. Mainly the award was for his offensive numbers, but he proved to be a valuable double play partner as well. 

Not only is it a huge play in the moment, but it had to be an empowering play for the psyche of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. On the mound for the Orioles against the Rays, Gausman was struggling post All-Star break. In three games had allowed 14 earned runs, 20 hits, and six home runs.