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Cal can't help, Orioles lose 11-2 on special night

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Cal can't help, Orioles lose 11-2 on special night

BALTIMORE – In the middle of the fifth inning, a video montage of Cal Ripken was shown on the video board. It concluded and Ripken began waving to the crowd from a suite.

The fans cheered.

They had little else to cheer about as the Orioles continued to drop further and further out of the playoff conversation after their latest embarrassment, an 11-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 22,987 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

It was supposed to be a night of celebration, to mark the 20th anniversary of Ripken breaking the consecutive game streak.

Instead, another loss, the 12th in 13 games.

“It’s not hard, it’s frustrating. Hard is figuring out quantum physics. That’s hard. Frustrating is going out there every night and giving it your all and not getting the result you want, but it’s the sport. You’ve got to bring it and we need to bring it and we need to bring it ASAP because it’s getting frustrating in here,” Adam Jones said.

The Rays (66-66) scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth.

Chris Tillman (9-10) lost for the third straight time, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

The Orioles (63-69) are six games below .500, equaling their low point of the season. Two weeks ago, there was wild card talk.

No more.

“There’s no blame game. You’ve just got to figure out a way, you know. I can say whatever I want in terms of, do this, do that, blah, blah, blah. You’ve got to figure out a way to score some runs, score early,” Jones said.

Before Tillman allowed a run, the Orioles committed a notable gaffe.

With one out in the third, Manny Machado hit the 100th double of his Orioles career. He’s the youngest Oriole to hit 100 doubles. After he stole third, Steve Pearce popped to short center.

Tampa Bay second baseman Logan Forsythe snared the pop with his back to the infield and while Machado inexplicably remained stuck to third base, threw poorly to the plate.

After Jones struck out to end the inning, Machado and third base coach Bobby Dickerson stood at third base talking for several moments.

In the fourth, Logan Forsythe doubled with one out. Asdrubal Cabrera walked. James Loney’s single scored Forsythe, and after Brandon Guyer singled, J.P. Arencibia’s single scored Cabrera and Loney. Grady Sizemore hit into a force play, scoring Guyer and giving the Rays a 4-0 lead.

John Jaso doubled with one out in the fourth. Forsythe singled, and Jaso scored on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly. After Loney was walked intentionally, Guyer doubled for a run and Arencibia singled for two more runs, and suddenly it was 8-0.

“It's not fun. It's frustrating. But you know what? We've got another game tomorrow and that's our mindset as a team. No one is giving in here. The other teams might want us to, but we're not going to. We're going to keep fighting. I think I know this team pretty well and I think we're going to get through this,” Tillman said.

Arencibia hit a two-run home run in the seventh off T.J. McFarland for a 10-0 lead. In spring training, the Orioles had Arencibia in camp, and he hit horribly. They never thought he’d have six RBIs against them in September.

Drew Smyly (2-2) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 10.

Chris Davis prevented the shutout with a two-run home run, his 36th, in the ninth.

“Everybody knows the games are dwindling. We are going to have to get hot in order to get in this thing,” manager Buck Showalter said.

NOTES: Showalter said that the MRIs on Miguel Gonzalez’s right shoulder and elbow had no alarming results.

“The shoulder and elbow MRIs were nothing that we don't think, probably a DL period if we decided to do that, wouldn't take care of. It was a positive report. Didn’t find any structural damage. That’s good,” Showalter said.

“We are going to let that quiet down, see if we can get him ready to pitch again. It was, I thought as good news as you could expect. I know he was really concerned. Every time you have Tommy John [surgery] and some tenderness in that area. Now we will go on with the treatment and see how quick we can get him back.”

Showalter expects Gonzalez to pitch again this season.

J.J. Hardy says he expects to play when he’s eligible to return from the disabled list a week from now. He’s been on the disabled list for eight days with a sore left groin.

Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.39) faces Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.68) on Wednesday night. Showalter wanted to Gausman to pitch Friday in Toronto, but had to use Steve Johnson and McFarland.

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

"When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it," Ramirez said through a translator. "I know eventually I'm going to break out."

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."

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Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

"I thought we did a pretty good job," manager Terry Francona said. "When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings."

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

"It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do," Kluber said. "That's what we did."

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

"You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening," Machado said. "We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together."

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

"Once you get the lead, you can't give it up," Cashner lamented.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. "It's important we get it right the first time," Showalter said.

WELL RESTED

Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits -- including six homers -- over 21 innings.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.