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Orioles, Tillman lose in ugly fashion, 10-2


Orioles, Tillman lose in ugly fashion, 10-2

BALTIMORE – For the last three seasons, Chris Tillman has been the Orioles’ best pitcher. He’s been helped by outstanding infield defense, particularly by Manny Machado.

For six innings on Tuesday night, Tillman kept the Orioles in the game, but in the seventh, he and the defense came apart, and in the eighth inning it got worse.

The Orioles’ ugly 10-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 17,319 at Oriole Park had Machado baffled.

He committed a key error in the seventh inning that led to a four-run inning, and his teammates committed two more that led to four more in the eighth.

“That wasn’t us. That wasn’t us. And it kept rolling. That was the inning that we lost the game, and they took advantage of it. It’s part of the game. We collapsed, and they took advantage of it,” Machado said.

Machado, who was covering second on a double play threw wildly to Tillman, covering first. It was his eighth error this season.

Tillman thought he could have made the play.

“I did. We’ve practiced that a ton in spring training and throughout the year and I got there in almost too much time and I went out to get it and it just kind of got away from me,” Tillman said.

“It was a close game through the sixth and I think if I make that play on that double play it’s a close ballgame and we’ve got a chance to win it. I’ve got to make that play and when I didn’t I need to get the next guy out.”

After Justin Smoak got to second on the error, Keon Travis pinch ran for him, and Josh Donaldson singled for a run to make it 3-2. Jose Bautista hit a ground-rule double.

Tommy Hunter replaced Tillman and a run scored on Caleb Joseph’s passed ball. Edwin Encarnacion hit his second home run, a two-run shot, in as many innings, and the Orioles trailed 6-2.

Tillman (2-5) allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, and he has a career-high four game losing streak.

“It’s right there, it really is. If I make one more (good) pitch in that game that’s anybody’s ballgame to have,” Tillman said.

As bad as the seventh inning was, it was followed by an equally unsightly eighth. Errors by Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy, a wild pitch by T.J. McFarland and a long two-run home run by Donaldson gave Toronto (17-17) a 10-2 lead.

The team that’s played such sterling defense has suddenly let the Orioles down.

In 2013, the Orioles set a record for fewest errors with 54. Last year, they made 87. They’ve already made 22 in 31 games.

“I've very privileged to watch a lot of really good defensive games played here the last few years. Obviously, tonight wasn’t one of them,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“We’ve been really good at that phase and we weren’t tonight. So, learn from it and try to get back to being more of what we’re capable of. Didn’t do very good out of the bullpen. We’ve been pitching pretty well out of there. Didn’t tonight. That allowed it to kind of get away from us there.”

Mark Buehrle retired the first six Orioles, and then Hardy singled to lead off the third. With two outs, Machado punched a double down the left field line, and Jimmy Paredes extended his hitting streak to 11 games by singling to center.

The 2-0 lead held until the fourth when Chris Colabello’s single to left scored Encarnacion. Tillman had allowed two infield singles in the first three innings.

Encarnacion hit his sixth home run in the sixth to tie the score at 2.

Buehrle (5-2) allowed two runs in six innings.

It was the fourth time the Orioles (14-17) have allowed 10 or more runs, all against the Blue Jays. Buehrle has been the beneficiary in three of those games.

“They’re swinging the bat. We’re not. They’re hitting in key situations, and we’re just making too many errors. Plain and simple, we’re making too many errors. Dumb mistakes that we shouldn’t be doing. It’s not like us,” Machado said. “We just got to play better defense.”

The Orioles may make a roster move. Showalter said that there was a medical issue involving one of the pitchers. Rule 5 draft pick Jason Garcia, who might have ordinarily pitched in a blowout, could be headed to the disabled list, and Mike Wright may be recalled from Norfolk.

NOTES: This was the second time this season the Orioles made three errors in a game. … Tillman has lost five straight against the Blue Jays. … Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62) faces Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.57) on Wednesday night.


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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games


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."


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.


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.


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.


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

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.