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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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Matt Barnes tossed for nearly beaning Manny Machado as Red Sox beat Orioles

Matt Barnes tossed for nearly beaning Manny Machado as Red Sox beat Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A spikes-high slide. A near beanball. Harsh talk in the clubhouse.

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles soared to a new level over the weekend, and there's no telling what might happen when they soon meet again.

A tempestuous three-game series between these AL East foes wound up with Orioles star Manny Machado seeing a fastball sail behind his head and Matt Barnes getting ejected for throwing it Sunday in Boston's 6-2 victory.

The high, very inside pitch came two days after Machado spiked Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with an aggressive slide.

Pedroia watched from the dugout for a second straight day with knee and ankle injuries. Machado apologized with a text message on Friday night, but that evidently wasn't the end of it.

"That's on them," Machado said. "Whatever happened today, I'm going to keep (being) me."

When Machado batted in the sixth inning, Eduardo Rodriguez threw three pitches down and in near the knees. Machado came up again in the eighth and Barnes' fastball whizzed behind Machado and hit his bat. The ball hit Machado and rolled foul, and plate umpire Andy Fletcher tossed Barnes.

"I would never intentionally throw at someone's head. That's kind of a line you don't cross," Barnes said.

Boston manager John Farrell -- who on Saturday called the league office to discuss about what he called "an illegal slide" by Machado -- insisted Barnes' wayward pitch was nothing more than an accident.

"He was trying to take a four-seamer in and above his hands and the pitch got away from him," Farrell said.

But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis thought the fastball was intentionally directed at Machado's head.

"I think it was completely obvious," Davis said. "I haven't seen a guy miss that bad in a while -- behind a guy's head."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter appeared reluctant to criticize the Red Sox, but said, "The courage it takes not to retaliate a lot of times in life is a lot more challenging than doing what ended up happening today."

During Farrell's argument with Fletcher, Pedroia was standing on the top step in the dugout and whistled to catch Machado's attention. He mouthed the words "It's not me," evidently trying to show he was not seeking revenge. Machado acknowledged Pedroia and later pointed to his head.

"I had nothing to do with that. That's not how you do that, man," Pedroia said afterward. "I'm sorry to him and his team. If you're going to protect guys, you do it right away."

After the game resumed, Machado hit Joe Kelly's first pitch for an RBI double to make it 6-1.

Machado ended up making the last out, hitting a popup on a pitch from Craig Kimbrel, who got his seventh save.

The Red Sox and Orioles play again May 1 at Fenway Park. Asked whether the teams will put this behind them by then, Davis said, "Honestly, if you ask anybody in here, we're already past it. We didn't agree with what happened, we didn't appreciate it but we can't let those things dwell."

Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez homered on successive pitches in a four-run first inning, and Andrew Benintendi had a career-high five hits to help Boston avert a three-game sweep.

Mitch Moreland also homered for the Red Sox, who came in with a major-league low eight home runs. All the long balls were off Kevin Gausman (1-2), who found himself in a 4-0 hole after throwing only seven pitches.

Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one hit over six innings, walking five and striking out seven. Obtained in the 2014 trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Orioles, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in six career starts at Camden Yards.

Not only did the Red Sox play a second straight game without Pedroia, but third baseman Pablo Sandoval left with a sprained right knee.


Red Sox: Farrell says because there's still some swelling in Pedroia's knee and ankle areas, he will "go through some imaging" Monday in Boston. "At this point, it warrants a further look," Farrell said. ... LHP David Price (elbow) participated in a long-toss session Sunday and will pitch a few simulated innings at Fenway Park on Monday.

Orioles: Closer Zach Britton (forearm strain) will start throwing Monday after having his hand examined.


Red Sox: After an off day Monday, Boston opens a season-high, 10-game homestand Tuesday night in a matchup with the Yankees.

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 5.51 ERA) goes up the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series. The Rays are 1-6 on the road.

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Homers by Mancini and Schoop carry Orioles past Red Sox 4-2


Homers by Mancini and Schoop carry Orioles past Red Sox 4-2

BALTIMORE -- Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop homered in succession off knuckleballer Steven Wright, Jayson Aquino won his first big league start and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Baltimore will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday. The Orioles have not lost a series this year and own the best record in the majors (12-4).

Aquino (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to earn his first career victory. The 24-year-old lefty previously pitched three times in relief, all last year with Baltimore.

Mychal Givens followed with two perfect innings, Donnie Hart got two outs in the ninth and Darren O'Day finished for his first save.

Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the Red Sox, who were without injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Wright (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Just 10 days earlier, the right-hander got only four outs and yielded eight runs against Baltimore at Fenway Park.

Bradley put the Red Sox up 2-0 in the third with his first home run, a shot onto Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard. Boston came in with only seven home runs, fewest in the big leagues.

Limited to three singles over the first three innings, Baltimore hit two singles, two doubles and two homers in a four-run fourth.

Chris Davis doubled and Mancini and Schoop homered before Adam Jones chased Wright with an RBI single.

It was Mancini's team-high fifth long ball of the year. He has eight homers in 17 big league games over two seasons.