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Orioles bats explode in fourth inning of 8-6 win over Red Sox


Orioles bats explode in fourth inning of 8-6 win over Red Sox

BOSTON – The Orioles methodically keep gaining ground. Over the last three weeks, they’ve won 15 of 20 games and crept closer to the AL East lead.

In their last seven series, they’ve won six and split one and are two games behind Tampa Bay for first place.

On Thursday, they scored six runs in the fourth on their way to an 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox before 37,706 at Fenway Park.

“We have a very good offensive team. When we put up runs, we kind of want to bury teams. We don’t want them to come back,” Steve Pearce said.

Pearce had a season-high three hits.

The Red Sox (32-42) scored one run off Miguel Gonzalez in the second. With one out, Mike Napoli sent a ball down the right field line. First baseman Chris Parmelee and right fielder Delmon Young tumbled into each other. The ball went for a double. Alejandro De Aza singled him to third. Napoli scored on Blake Swihart’s single.

The Parmelee-Young encounter was the second potential injury in two innings for the Orioles. David Ortiz ended the first with a fly down the left field line that Pearce caught just in foul territory. Pearce made the catch and slammed into the left field wall.

Eduardo Rodriguez, who was traded to the Red Sox for Andrew Miller last July 30, retired the first 10 Orioles to face him. On June 9 in Baltimore, Rodriguez pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three hits.

The Orioles blistered Rodriguez for six runs on seven consecutive hits. With one out, Parmelee doubled. Nolan Reimold’s slow roller was fielded by Rodriguez who threw wildly to first, allowing Parmelee to score on the infield single.

Matt Wieters hit his third home run of the year for a 3-1 lead. Young and Chris Davis singled and both scored on J.J. Hardy’s double, Pearce singled, and Flaherty’s sacrifice fly scored Hardy for a 6-1 lead.

Rodriguez (3-2) was finally removed after Flaherty’s out. In two afternoon starts against AL East teams, E-Rod has allowed 15 runs in 15 1/3 innings. In his other four starts, he’s allowed two earned runs in 27 hits.

“I just knew we had to do something different to be able to get a win against him than we did last time. We put up a big inning against him. He still had great stuff today, but you know when you put up some big innings it gives you a good chance to win the game and we were just able to keep it going that inning,” Wieters said.

Boston got three runs back in the fourth on De Aza’s fourth home run, his first with the Red Sox. Pablo Sandoval and Napoli began the inning with singles before De Aza’s home run.

The Orioles (38-34) extended the lead to 7-4 in the sixth. With two outs, Pearce doubled, Flaherty was hit by a pitch from Tommy Layne, and against Jonathan Aro, making his major league debut, Manny Machado singled to score Pearce.

With his three hits Pearce has inched his way up to .219, more than 30 pointer higher than where his average was three weeks ago when the Orioles started winning.

“We all know he’s a couple of knocks from going a month where nobody can get him out. We’ve seen that. That comes from his confidence in our memory and our confidence in what he brings,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Gonzalez hit Napoli to start the sixth, and he was replaced by T.J. McFarland. In his first start since he faced Rodriguez on June 9, Gonzalez (6-4) allowed four runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. He was on the disabled list for 15 days with a strained right groin and is now 4-0 with a 2.93 in seven games in Boston.

“We knew that things were going to turn around for us and everything is going well. Our defense and offense is really doing a good job,” Gonzalez said.

Davis’ single scored Reimold in the seventh for an 8-4 lead.

Xander Bogaerts’ seventh inning double off McFarland scored Mookie Betts. After Ortiz’s infield out moved Bogaerts to third, he scored on McFarland’s wild pitch, and it was 8-6 after seven.

Tommy Hunter polished off Boston in the eighth. Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

“Little by little we have our moments. We’re now taking a couple of steps forward and maybe one back,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Corey Kluber (3-9, 3.65) faces Wei-Yin Chen (3-4, 2.89) on Friday night as the Cleveland Indians come to Baltimore for three games. Chen will be recalled from Frederick, where he made a three-inning start on Saturday. … The Orioles acquired minor league pitcher Richard Rodriguez from Houston for a player to be named later or cash.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm