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Orioles win fourth straight as Jimenez toughens


Orioles win fourth straight as Jimenez toughens

BALTIMORE – Ubaldo Jimenez started Tuesday’s game by allowing five of the seven Atlanta Braves batters to reach base. It didn’t look like Jimenez would be around terribly long.

Jimenez fooled many, but especially the Braves by pitching six hitless innings and coming out with a 7-3 win before 28,592 at Oriole Park.

It was their fourth straight win.

Nick Markakis started Tuesday’s game as he did on Monday, by accepting a long, loud ovation. Instead of doubling, he singled to center. With one out, Freddie Freeman hit his 13th home run of the year for a 2-0 lead.

Initially, Freeman’s ball was ruled in play, and was called a home run on a crew chief review.

Jimenez, who had allowed 14 runs in seven innings in his last two starts, allowed one-out singles to A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes and hit Jace Peterson with a pitch to load the bases. Jimenez retired Chris Johnson on a fly ball to center.

Atlanta (46-54) had three baserunners in the next six innings, all on walks, and Jimenez (8-6), who hadn’t won in his last four starts, had his first win in July.

In his first game as a leadoff batter after four games in the third spot, Manny Machado singled. Jimmy Paredes walked, and Adam Jones lined out to first. Chris Davis hit a long three run homer to center, his 23rd, and the Orioles (50-49) led 3-2.

Julio Teheran (6-6) hit Travis Snider with a pitch, and with two outs walked Chris Parmelee and Caleb Joseph before Ryan Flaherty grounded out to end the inning.

Jones singled with two outs in the second, and Davis hit his second home run in as many innings, giving him his 24th of the season, his 10th multi-home run game of his career. The five RBIs tied his career high, and the Orioles took a 5-2 lead.

The Orioles extended the lead to 6-2 in the fifth when J.J. Hardy singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and scored on Joseph’s RBI single.

Machado reached on an error by third baseman Adonis Garcia to start the sixth, and after Paredes singled, Jones doubled to score Marchado, and the Orioles had a 7-2 lead.

Peterson’s RBI single in the eighth cut the Oriole lead to 7-3.

NOTES: Markakis was 2-for-4 with a walk. He is 4-for-9 in two games. … Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 5.27) faces Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.71) on Wednesday 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."