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A-Rod's historic homer helps doom Orioles 4-3


A-Rod's historic homer helps doom Orioles 4-3

NEW YORK –- The Orioles loss to the New York Yankees was overshadowed by Alex Rodriguez’s milestone.

After sitting out last year because of his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, A-Rod hit his 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list.

The run was big in the Orioles’ 4-3 defeat to the Yankees before 39,816 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

When Rodriguez hit his historic home run in the third inning, he acknowledged the crowd by stepping out of the dugout.

“I certainly thought the days of curtain calls for me were long gone,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez hit the homer off Chris Tillman, who’s allowed four of his 661.

“I don’t like it. Anytime you give up a home run, I don’t like it. He’s one of the all-time greats. You’ve got to respect it. Any time you make a mistake to that guy, he’s going to make you pay. He pretty much did twice,” Tillman said.

For a moment in the first, it looked as if Rodriguez would hit the historic home run, but Delmon Young made a great catch to rob him of the run. But, A-Rod did get an RBI because Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the sacrifice fly.

“I was upset with myself for missing there. Put a good swing on it, but at the same time, he made a great catch and he kept us in that game,” Tillman said.

Tillman (2-4) allowed four runs on 10 hits.

The Orioles (12-14), who have lost three straight in New York against the Mets and Yankees (18-11), grabbed an early lead when Jimmy Paredes hit his fourth home run in the first off Nathan Eovaldi (3-0).

Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled off Tillman, and after Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly, Mark Teixeira singled to score Gardner, and the Orioles trailed 2-1.

It was a pattern that repeated. After Caleb Joseph’s home run in the third, Tillman gave up the big A-Rod homer, and the Orioles trailed 3-2.

“It's just frustating for him. After we scored runs, we gave runs right back. And that’s where you'd like to get some shutdown innings. And Chris will. He’s getting there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You don't see him miss, he’s been wild in the strike zone and that’s been a challenge for him.”

Tillman walked three batters. In his six starts this season, he’s walked at least three four times.

“Got ahead, got deep in the count, got to have a feel for the hitter, got to execute a pitch, and multiple times tonight, I didn’t,” Tillman said.

Travis Snider and Joseph doubled in the fifth to tie the score at 3, but in the bottom of the fifth, Gardner and Teixeira doubled, and it was 4-3.

Eovaldi left in the sixth with runners on first and third and two outs, but the Orioles, who had six hits, had no more against Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

"They've got a good bullpen. Those two guys, we hope to try to control the game before those guys get it. But when those guys get in there, it’s a little bit tougher,” Steve Pearce said.

Pearce played second after missing the two games with the Mets due to illness. He had a new double play partner, J.J. Hardy, who played his first game of the season after missing the first 25 with a strained left shoulder.

Hardy was 0-for-4, and was the middleman on a 5-6-3 double play that preceded Rodriguez’s at-bat.

Miller got his 12th save and has allowed just three hits in 14 2/3 innings.

Showalter gave Ryan Lavarnway a pinch hitting chance in the ninth when he hit for Snider because he had few right-handed options. Lavarnway struck out.

Everth Cabrera was put on the disabled list just before the game with a bruised left foot. Cabrera was hit by a pitch by Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night.

Yeah, I was kind of surprised because last night, it was about a 75 [mph] curveball that hit me on the top [of the foot]. I was playing normal, and I woke up this morning and it was really sore. It is [maybe] something in there. I’ve got an MRI tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens,” Cabrera said.

NOTES: Chris Davis struck out in each of his four at-bats. He has 44 strikeouts in 25 games. … Tillman’s 10 hits allowed were one short of his career high. He has a 7.30 ERA in eight career starts at Yankee Stadium. … Ryan Flaherty is scheduled to be activated on Friday. Rey Navarro will be returned to Norfolk. Flaherty was on the disabled list with a strained right groin. … Miguel Gonzalez (3-1, 2.59) faces Adam Warren (3-1, 2.59) on Friday 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."