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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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Orioles nearing MLB record as pitching continues to give up runs

Orioles nearing MLB record as pitching continues to give up runs

BALTIMORE -- The Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles can smash the ball. Both teams play sound defense, and each has a veteran manager in the dugout.

So, when it comes down to explaining why the Indians lead the AL Central and the Orioles are sinking toward the bottom of the AL East, only one word is necessary: pitching.

Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 , Francisco Lindor homered and the Indians defeated the skidding Orioles 5-1 Wednesday night for their seventh win in eight games.

Carrasco (8-3) allowed seven hits and walked none over six-plus innings to win his third straight start. The right-hander struck out every Baltimore starter except Trey Mancini to reach double figures for the 11th time in his career.

Cleveland held a 3-0 lead when Carrasco yielded three straight singles to open the seventh. Andrew Miller entered and got a force at the plate before striking out Caleb Joseph and Ruben Tejada.

"That's the ballgame," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's pretty impressive. For them to get nothing? That certainly carried the heavy lifting."

Miller said his goal was simply to "just limit the damage."

If only it was that easy for Baltimore. Not only did the Orioles lose for the 10th time in 14 games, but they have allowed at least five runs in 18 consecutive games -- two short of the major league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.

Once the Indians took control with a three-run fifth, Baltimore was all but finished.

"There wasn't much margin for error with Carrasco. He's having another good year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think that's what a lot of people miss about them is, as good of an offensive club and a defensive club as they are, their pitching was good last year and will be again this year."

Dan Otero gave up an RBI double to Jonathan Schoop in the ninth, ending Cleveland's bid for its major league-leading ninth shutout. After Baltimore put runners on the corners with two outs, Bryan Shaw retired Tejada for his second save .

Kevin Gausman (3-7) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts for the Orioles.

Gausman was cruising until the fifth, when the Indians peeled off four straight hits to go up 3-0. After Roberto Perez doubled in a run, Lindor followed with a two-run homer.

"It's kind of the way things have gone, really, throughout the whole season so far for me," Gausman said. "Pitching well and it kind of gets away from me."

Cleveland added two runs in the ninth against Miguel Castro.

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Manny Machado hits 2 bombs in Orioles 6-5 win over Indians

Manny Machado hits 2 bombs in Orioles 6-5 win over Indians

Another poor outing by their starting pitcher left the Baltimore Orioles facing an early three-run deficit and the prospect of another lopsided loss.

Then Manny Machado took over.

Machado went 4 for 4, homered twice and drove in four runs to help the Orioles beat Cleveland 6-5 on Tuesday night and end the Indians' six-game winning streak.

After absorbing a 12-0 defeat one night earlier, Baltimore fell behind 5-2 before rallying to win for only the fourth time in 13 games.

"Coming back from the game we had (Monday) night -- they really took it to us -- it was good to come out ahead against a real good team," manager Buck Showalter said.

Machado hit a solo homer in the first inning and tied it with a three-run drive in the fifth. Then, in the seventh, Machado doubled off Bryan Shaw (1-2) and scored on a double by Adam Jones.

Machado's first four-hit game since last August lifted his batting average 13 points to .227.

"Just happy I was able to do something for us today," Machado said. "We played great baseball. That's what we've got to keep doing, picking each other up."

Miguel Castro (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn his first big league victory.

Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his 13th save, retiring Yan Gomes on a deep fly ball with runners on the corners and two outs.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, but Baltimore's comeback enabled him to avoid losing a sixth straight start.

Asked to sum up his outing, Tillman uttered three words: "Not very good."

The Orioles allowed at least five runs in a 17th consecutive game. That's the longest run in AL history and just three short of the dubious major league record of 20 set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.

Juan Encarnacion homered for the Indians, whose season-high winning streak thrust the team into first place in the AL Central.

"Nobody wants to lose, but I don't think this loss will affect tomorrow," manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin yielded a season-high three homers in 4 2/3 innings. The one pitch he lamented most was the cutter he threw to Machado with two on in the fifth.

"I didn't execute a pitch and it changed the game," he said.