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Orioles lose 4-3 to Twins after giving up lead in the eighth


Orioles lose 4-3 to Twins after giving up lead in the eighth

BALTIMORE— The Orioles looked as if they were in excellent position heading into the eighth inning. They had a two-run lead, and the normally infallible Darren O’Day on the mound. When leading after seven innings, the Orioles had been 51-1.

Then, it all came apart. O’Day quickly loaded the bases, and gave up three runs for the first time this season, and the Orioles were sent off to a painful 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins before 32,025 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

It unraveled quickly for O’Day. Miguel Sano walked, Trevor Plouffe blooped a single down the right field line and O’Day (5-2) hit Torii Hunter with a pitch.

Opposing players were 1-for-12 against O’Day with the bases loaded, and in his first three tries with three runners on and none out, he retired each batter.

Eddie Rosario’s fly to right scored Sano, and Kurt Suzuki’s pop fell into short right bring home Plouffe and Hunter, and Minnesota (61-61) led 4-3.

“Leadoff walk is never good, so that’s not good. Plouffe hits a ball; didn’t hit it hard, could have been caught. It’s in a tough spot. That happens. I can’t hit Torii Hunter to load the bases. Hits happen like that. They didn’t smoke any balls,” O’Day said.

“I made some good pitches, but it didn’t turn out. Late innings, sometimes you’ve got to be able to strike guys out. I wasn’t able to do that when I needed to.”

Jonathan Schoop made a long run to try and catch Plouffe’s ball, and kicked it. Gerardo Parra overthrew the cutoff man, allowing Hunter to advance to second.

“I think I tipped it. It was a bad route by me because when I was running over there and when I looked up the ball was a little bit back. But it happens,” Schoop said.

O’Day knows he’s not going to pitch out of every bases loaded jam.

“You’re raising the stakes. Any hit scores two runs and ties it up there. I’m not scared to pitch with the bases loaded, but it’s not ideal. In that situation, you’ve got to get some strikeouts, and I wasn’t able to do that,” O’Day said.

Nunez and Buxton singled to load the bases, and O’Day struck out Dozier before giving way to Brian Matusz.

Trevor May pitched a perfect eighth, and with Glen Perkins hurt, Kevin Jepsen picked up his sixth save in the ninth, striking out Adam Jones, Davis and Matt Wieters.

“Darren's a pretty tough critic of himself, but he's performed at such a high level, as good as any relief pitcher you want to see. I was kind of happy they finally hit the one line drive to left field, in a way. But that's the way it goes. We've had some of the benefit of that, also. Last night, there were obviously a lot of hard-hit balls, but sometimes you go through periods where those things happen for you and happen against you. You've got to overcome them. But we were close,” manager Buck Showalter said.

In the first three innings, Wei-Yin Chen allowed three singles without a run. Chen was scored upon in the fourth when Sano led off with a single, and with one out Hunter walked. Suzuki singled to load the bases with two outs, and Nunez walked to score Sano.

Chen thought he had Nunez struck out, and was upset when home plate umpire Eric Cooper didn’t give him the call he thought he deserved.

Adam Jones singled and Chris Davis walked in the first against Tommy Milone, but then the left-hander retired 13 straight.

In the sixth, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado led off with singles, and Parra homered to right field, his fifth since joining the Orioles three weeks ago, and Baltimore (62-59) led 3-1.

After Davis singled, Casey Fien replaced Milone and ended the inning by picking Davis off.

Fien (3-5) recorded five outs for the win.

“We didn't do much offensively other than the sixth inning, we put together a little something there. We were hoping to try to make it stand up,” Showalter said.

Chen gave up one run on seven hits in six innings. Until the eighth, he was on the way to winning his third straight start for the first time this season.

“Today’s loss we lost to another team that is going for the wild card. Of course it hurts a lot. But all we can do now is try to play better and try to play better than our opponents. And that’s how we can get into the playoffs,” Chen said through his translator.

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless seventh, but O’Day found trouble in the eighth.

“If you look at the little things that happened, it’s a real interesting game. Those bounces go my way usually, but it didn’t tonight,” O’Day said.

COMING UP: Kyle Gibson (8-9, 3.99) faces Chris Tillman (9-7, 4.54) on Saturday night.

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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.

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."