BALTIMORE---Dylan Bundy had a dreamlike five innings. Everything was working.
Bundy, in just his third major league start, had the Oriole Park fans excited. He was retiring Colorado Rockies, seemingly at will, and through five, he had a perfect inning.
No one came close to reaching base.
In the sixth, the dream ended as the Colorado Rockies hit two home runs and instead of something wonderful, Bundy had a painful defeat.
The Rockies’ 3-1 win before 20,234 on Wednesday night, was just the second time this season the Orioles have lost a series.
“He was the reason we were in that game,” manager Buck Showalter said.
While Bundy was perfect for five innings, the Orioles (58-42) could do little against Jon Gray (7-4).
Bundy (3-3) retired the first 16 Rockies (49-52) before he walked Mark Reynolds. Nick Hundley ended the no-hitter and shutout with a home run to left, his fifth.
After DJ LeMahieu grounded back to Bundy, David Dahl hit his first major league home run, and Colorado led 3-0.
“Just two mistakes, changeups that were up in the zone and they were able to tag them for homers. Maybe just a little more focus or location a little bit better in the sixth inning and you get out of that with six innings pitched and no harm done,” Bundy said.
Bundy was out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. He struck out a career-high eight batters, including seven of the first 12.
Chris Davis had the first hit off Gray, and his first hit after 24 hitless at-bats when he dropped a bunt down against the shift to start the second.
Matt Wieters thought he had given the Orioles a 1-0 lead when he hit a long drive to right. It was ruled foul, and the call withstood a crew chief challenge.
It wasn’t the only call that went against the Orioles. Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez reached base in the ninth on an overturned call.
"I thought it was a home run. i think everybody felt like it was a home run. I actually thought the guy was out at first, but they overturned that one, too. I was really surprised at that one. He didn't beat the play. At the very best, he tied the play, which is not beating the play,” Showalter said.
In the fourth, Gray hit Adam Jones with a pitch. Jones took third on Hyun Soo Kim’s single, and stayed there on Manny Machado’s short fly to left. Davis walked to load the bases.
The bases stayed loaded as Mark Trumbo popped out to second nbd Jonathan Schoop flied to center.
Wieters doubled to start the fifth, but he stayed there.
Machado hit his 21st home run with one out in the sixth for the Orioles’ only run.
Gray, who gave up one run on five hits in seven innings was replaced by Adam Ottavino for the eighth.
Jones led off with a single. Kim bounced into what was called a double play, but Showalter challenged the call. Kim was ruled safe, but Jones was called out. Machado struck out, and Boone Logan struck out Davis, who is now 1-for-27.
Carlos Estevez got Trumbo to fly out to left, stretching his hitless streak to 17 at-bats. He quickly retired Schoop and Wieters for his 10th save.
Trumbo and Schoop have played in each of the Orioles’ first 100 games. But, Trumbo didn’t have an All-Star break, and he doesn’t deny being a bit weary.
“Doing the best I can to stay fresh. Kind of trying to pick and choose some spots. It’s this time of year where there’s a decent amount of wear and tear. You just have to gut it out. That’s what you have to do every year. You feel fortunate to have the ability to play every game, but this is kind of the grind that they talk about,” Trumbo said.
You know, we fought through it. It's hard to keep the pace that we were at. Our pitching's been better, and we've been in more games. That's why we have a lead in our division right now because we've had other parts of the game pick it up."
The Orioles have averaged three runs per game over the past 16, and Showalter knows the offense has been lagging.
“You know, we fought through it. It's hard to keep the pace that we were at. Our pitching's been better, and we've been in more games. That's why we have a lead in our division right now because we've had other parts of the game pick it up,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38) faces Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.67) as the Orioles play a makeup game in Minnesota on Thursday night.