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O's pitching carried them in ALDS run

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O's pitching carried them in ALDS run

Despite the problems at the plate and scoring, fans should remember the Orioles still did a lot of good things in their ALDS with the Yankees this week—starting with pitching.
 
The Orioles matched New York almost stride for stride in pitching. In fact, if the Orioles hadn’t pitched so well, this series wouldn’t have come near five games.
 
The only difference is New York’s starters fared a little better than the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter needed to kind of stitch his bullpen together  to match the Yankee starters at times – like what he did against CC Sabathia in Games 1 and 5. Sabathia took care of business himself, while Showalter needed a few pitchers to go the same distance.
 
If we look forward at anything next year, it will be interesting to see what the Orioles do with their pitching. Will they look at trying to acquire a solid No. 1 starter who can eat up innings and stop losing streaks – or do they believe Jason Hammel can fill that job? Or Wei-Yin Chen? Or someone else.
 
Hammel did well in Friday’s loss, slowly starting to run out of gas in the middle innings, but that’s to be expected from a guy who missed most of the second half of the season. He gave the Orioles all they could ask for, and more.
 
The performance of Darren O’Day in relief was one of the best of the whole series, for either team. He was a big reason that Alex Rodriguez got a very nice seat on the bench for Game 5 and found himself pinch-hit for in Games 3 and 4. Rodriguez couldn’t hit O’Day as the sidewinder finished the series with five no-hit innings, complete with four strikeouts and one walk.
 
Even though he gave up the game-winning homer in Game 3, Brian Matusz also was a big plus. He’s become a solid relief pitcher now, and the Orioles would’ve gone home very early without him. And Chen and Miguel Gonzalez both gave the Orioles a huge boost.
 
With some luck, the Orioles really could have won this series in three or four games. In the playoffs, many believe pitching carries a team. It sure carried the Birds.

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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."