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Kim gets first hit, Orioles avoid another loss

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Kim gets first hit, Orioles avoid another loss

SARASOTA, Fla. – There were two doses of good news for the Orioles on Thursday. Hyun Soo Kim finally got his first hit, and the Orioles didn’t lose.

Let’s temper that good news. The Orioles didn’t lose, but they didn’t win. Because a New York Yankees split-squad run out of pitching after nine innings, the game was declared a 4-4 tie before 7,588 at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday.

Kim’s infield single drove in a run, the first of three in the seventh inning that tied the score. He also was hit by a pitch, and in the sixth, lined to center field. He is 1-for-24.

“I’m a little bit relieved for all the things I've been going through and there’s a lot more to improve and to show the fans,” Kim said through his translator.

His teammates were thrilled he finally got a hit.

“They were actually happier than me. They were cheering for my first hit, they loved what I did out there,” Kim said.

“I don't think today was the best. I still have a lot of room to show my abilities.”

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The Orioles tied their first game of the spring, and before this tie, lost nine straight. They’re 0-9-2.

Tyler Wilson started and allowed two runs in the first inning. Wilson allowed two runs on five hits in three innings. Dylan Bundy gave up two runs on four hits in the fifth inning.

Chaz Rose, Brad Brach, Tanner Scott and Oliver Drake pitched scoreless innings. Scott struck out the side in the eighth.

Wilson has allowed four runs in six innings.

“As the spring goes on, your game kind of evolves a little bit. Fastball command is the most important thing in pitching, so the first couple outings, first couple bullpens, that’s the priority,” Wilson said.

“As you start feeling a little more confident with that on both sides of the plate, up and down, and start mixing in the other stuff but you really don’t have anything. Everything comes off that fastball. If you can’t command the zone with it, having those other pitches is really obsolete.  So it’s kind of a step-by-step process, but there’s no real formula to it. It’s just how you feel about it that day.”

Adam Jones hit an opposite field home run in the first. After Kim’s infield single, Steve Tolleson drove in two runs with a base hit. J.J. Hardy was the only Oriole with two hits.

NOTES: Mike Wright pitches against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka in Tampa on Friday. … Manager Buck Showalter indicated that cuts could be coming Friday.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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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.

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.

Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.

Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.

Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.