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Orioles' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss


Orioles' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss

BALTIMORE – Six-game winning streaks are hard to come by. The Orioles found again that seven-game streaks are even more difficult to achieve.

The Orioles had their fourth six-game streak under Buck Showalter snapped, and still haven’t had a longer one since an eight-game run more than 10 years ago.

On a sultry Sunday afternoon, the Orioles briefly held the lead, but a four-walk fifth inning led to the streak’s end.

The New York Yankees beat the Orioles 5-3 before 36,343 at Oriole Park, and sent them back to .500.

For the 10th time this season, the Orioles (31-31) are at the breakeven point. They hoped to complete consecutive sweeps of the Boston Red Sox and Yankees for the first time since Sept. 1970, but fell a game short.

“I think we’re definitely starting to hit our stride and that’s big for us, to get everybody healthy, to get everybody on the field and start playing together and I think that’s what we’ve done the last few games,” Chris Davis said.

“We won the series. Any time you are able to win the series against a division rival, it’s good. I thought we played a pretty clean game for the most part. Didn’t make a lot of mistakes, didn’t make a lot of errors. We just got beat today.”

Mike Wright had three fine starts and a disappointing one on June 2 in Houston. He allowed five runs on eight hits. Wright (2-2) was sent to Norfolk the next day and returned when Miguel Gonzalez landed on the disabled list with a strained right groin.

He allowed five runs on six hits in four-plus innings.

“The baseball gods weren’t too kind to Mike today,” Showalter said. “We didn’t mount much offensively.”

Brett Gardner led off the first with a single Wright. He scored with two outs on Mark Teixeira’s double.

The Orioles tied the score in the bottom of the first. Manny Machado, who entered the game with six hits in seven at-bats off Adam Warren, led off with a single. With one out, Adam Jones singled and Davis walked to load the bases.

Nolan Reimold’s two-run single to left gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

New York tied the score in the second when Gardner’s sacrifice fly scored Didi Gregorius.

Caleb Joseph’s two-out double scored Reimold to tie the score at 2 in the fourth.

Wright walked Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez to start the fifth. After a wild pitch, Teixeira walked to load the bases.

“I was throwing some good pitches and they kept fouling them off and kept battling. They ended up having the upper hand,” Wright said.

Brian Matusz returned after the end of his eight-game suspension and walked Garrett Jones to score Headley.

“That was a killer. You know, with Garrett Jones there, situation I feel
like come out and (if I) attack the zone a little bit better with some strikes, it falls a little differently there,” Matusz said.

Stephen Drew and Gregorius struck out, but John Ryan Murphy doubled to score A-Rod and Teixeira, and the Yankees (34-28) led 5-3.

Warren left with two runners on and two outs in the fifth. Chasen Shreve got Travis Snider on a fly ball to left for the third out.

Shreve (3-1) recorded four outs for the win. Justin Wilson pitched two perfect innings, and Dellin Betances worked the ninth for his third save.

After Jimmy Paredes’ single leading off the fifth, the Orioles were hitless.

Tyler Wilson, who was recalled before the game as T.J. McFarland was sent to Norfolk, pitched the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Orioles, allowing three hits. It was the team’s longest relief outing this year.

“No matter what the situation is, ahead, behind, my job, especially there being behind a couple of runs, is trying to get quick contact, get the offense back in the dugout, and give them a chance to score some runs and build some momentum on our side of the ball,” Wilson said.

Davis says that .500 isn’t a goal for the Orioles. They expect better.

“I think we want to be over ,500. I think we expect to be over .500. There’s so much emphasis put on the stats and standings and where you are. But right now the biggest thing is to go out there and try to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Davis said.

NOTES: The Orioles are 28-4 when Joseph has an RBI. His brother Corban, recently released by Atlanta, is expected to sign a minor league contract with the team. … Rodriguez has 2,995 career hits. … The Orioles play the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Aaron Harang (4-7, 3.04) faces Wei-Yin Chen (2-4, 3.21).


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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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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."