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Jimenez gives up six runs as Orioles lose to Tigers


Jimenez gives up six runs as Orioles lose to Tigers

BALTIMORE – Perhaps the most challenging road trip of the season awaits. The Orioles play nine games in Oakland, Los Angeles and Seattle after winning five of seven on their homestand.

Their week at home didn’t end the way they wanted it to. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs, and they lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-1 before 33,381 at Oriole Park on Sunday.

“I've moved onto Oakland. If you go in there and ask our guys would they have taken that before we got here, no, they were shooting for all seven,” manager Buck Showalter said. “That's the way you play, just like the road trip. We know the reality of the math, the way it usually works but we did some things good, some things we have to be better at, we'll stay engaged in this and we have a challenging trip ahead of us.”

In their first two games against the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles scored eight runs in each game, recording a huge comeback win, and nearly completing another.

No such luck on Sunday.

“They're a good offensive team and we didn't pitch particularly well,” Showalter said.

For the second straight start, Jimenez started out shakily, giving up a three-run home run to his fifth batter, J.D. Martinez. But unlike his previous start when he allowed a two-run home run in the first inning and then threw six hitless innings, Jimenez had an awful fifth inning.

“It’s always bad every time you give up runs in the first inning, because you’re putting the team in a bad spot. You’re putting the other pitcher [in a situation where] he’s comfortable on the mound because he has a lead. It’s part of the game. I have to find out a way to get rid of those innings because I’ve been struggling with that in my last three or four games,” Jimenez said.

After Martinez’s home run, his 29th of the season, Jimenez (8-7) retired 12 straight until Rajai Davis doubled to right. Nolan Reimold’s relay throw hit Jonathan Schoop, and Davis wound up on third on the error.

Davis scored on Anthony Gose’s single. Gose stole second and third and scored on Jose Igelesias’ triple, which was misplayed by Adam Jones in center field. After Ian Kinsler’s single scored Iglesias, Jimenez was done and replaced by Jorge Rondon.

Jimenez allowed six runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. In two starts against Detroit (51-54) since the All-Star break, he gave up 13 runs in 9 1/3 innings.

“They have a pretty good lineup and they make adjustments. If you go away, they’re going to try to hit the ball the other way. I think a lot of their guys who hit for power, they can find the holes. They hit the ball where nobody it most of the time,” Jimenez said.

Daniel Norris, who was obtained by the Tigers on Thursday in the David Price trade, allowed only a home run to Chris Davis in the fourth inning. It was the only run scored by the Orioles (53-51).

Davis has 26 home runs and 72 RBIs this season, the same numbers he had in all of 2014.

“Last year, I had the oblique early on, something that really bothered me all the way to the offseason, and I didn’t realize it, really the impact that it had on me until the middle of this year when I was able to start driving pitches to all fields like I had in previous years,” Davis said.

In the seventh, Gose singled with one out, and advanced two bases on a wild pitch, but was thrown out trying to score after Iglesias flied to center.

Rondon, who was optioned to Norfolk to make room for Tyler Wilson, threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his Orioles debut. Wilson will start in place of Chris Tillman on Monday.

Showalter was impressed with Norris (2-1) during spring training. He certainly didn’t enjoy his work. After Davis’ home run, Norris retired 12 straight until Schoop’s single with one out in the eighth.

Norris allowed one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings.

“These are the type of guys you get back for David Price, OK? And it's kind of like the type of guys you give up to get Andrew Miller,” Showalter said. “He's good. He's got a chance to be a good pitcher for them. The guy they gave up is right now. That's the way it works."

NOTES: Gerardro Parra and J.J. Hardy saw their 15-game hitting streaks end. … Rondon is the 1,001st player in Orioles franchise history. … The Orioles open a three-game series in Oakland. Wilson (1-1, 2.12) will face Jesse Chavez (5-10, 3.53) on Monday night.

[MORE: Hardy may go unnoticed by fans, but not by Buck Showalter]

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


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.