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Orioles lose a tough game on two 12th inning errors

BALTIMORE – A challenging day turned even more difficult in the 12th inning. With Manny Machado playing shortstop for the first time in his major league career, and Jimmy Paredes at third base in his place, both made critical errors, and the Orioles’ once promising homestand turned sour.

The Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins before 35,144 at Oriole Park on Sunday, was ugly. And things turned even uglier after the game when J.J. Hardy for whom Paredes ran, said that he was going to go on the disabled list with a groin injury.

Three innings earlier, the Orioles thought they were about to salvage the final game of the 10-game homestand and break a seven-game losing streak to the Twins.

But, Brian Dozier’s headlong dive into first base for an infield single, an infield out and Trevor Plouffe’s single to left in the ninth handed Zach Britton his third blown save instead of his 30th save.

With one out in the 12th, Eduardo Escobar’s grounder was muffed by Machado at short. Machado moved to short because Hardy was removed for a pinch runner. Escobar hustled into second. Shane Robinson’s grounder bounced off Paredes’ glove, and Escobar scored.

“We lost, plain and simple. I’ll go back out there and play shortstop again, get the opportunity to come back and help the team win again,” a visibly upset Machado said. “We lost the game in the ninth inning, bloop hits. [Stuff] ain’t going our way. We’ve got to keep our head up and keep playing the game.”

Machado was drafted as a shortstop and played there until the Orioles brought him up as a third baseman in Aug. 2012. He hadn’t played there at all, and in his first chance, he made a big error.

“It’s part of the game. It’s three days in a row, four days in a row, how many days it’s been. They haven’t even got the ball out of the infield off [Britton], and he’s blown a couple of saves that he should have had. It’s just frustrating, frustrating to watch. It’s something that if you lose, you lose, with them giving up homers and hard hit balls. We lost the game, but to lose like that makes it that much worse,” Machado said.

Brian Matusz (1-3) took the loss even though he did nothing wrong.

Glen Perkins (2-4) pitched the 11th for the win. Tommy Milone, who started Friday night’s game and pitched 5 1/3 innings, worked the 12th for his first major league save.

The Orioles (62-61) ended the season-long 10-game homestand with a 5-5 record. After winning the first five of six games, they lost four straight to the Twins (62-62).

“Win. That’s all this game is about. It’s about winning. It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you win. You think the Twins care about how they won, just that they won. The only thing that matters--especially at this point in time. Forty games left, we need W’s,” Adam Jones said.

With a challenging seven-game road trip against the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers, the Orioles badly needed a win.

They didn’t get one and have lost eight straight to Minnesota despite a terrific performance by Kevin Gausman. He retired 17 straight batters and didn’t allow a hit in his final 6 1/3 innings, but didn’t figure in the decision.

Gausman allowed a two-run home run to Miguel Sano in the first and the Orioles scored a run in the fourth on a leadoff double by Gerardo Parra, and a one-out single by Jonathan Schoop, and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a two-run single by Schoop.

In seven innings, Gausman equaled his career high with eight strikeouts.

The Orioles begin the trip in third place in the AL East, 6 ½ games out of first place, and they’re two games out of the second wild card spot, behind Texas, Los Angeles and Minnesota.

With three game-ending home runs on the first six games of the homestand, the Orioles looked like a hot team.

Britton is part of a normally airtight bullpen that had some issues this weekend. He thinks he knows what the Orioles need.

“Just someone coming up big, I feel like. But at the same time you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself to be that guy. I think maybe that’s the issue right now,” Britton said.

“A lot of guys want to be the guy and sometimes you get a little bit out of your comfort zone and try to do too much. We’ve got a good enough team that everyone can be themselves and we can start winning some games.”

NOTE: Manager Buck Showalter said that a pitcher would probably be added for Monday night’s game.
 

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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

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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.