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Gausman gets through seven and Orioles have third straight

Gausman gets through seven and Orioles have third straight

BALTIMORE---Before this series between the leaders of the American League East and West began, the Texas Rangers had the league’s best record. 

After two games, the Orioles now do. 

On consecutive nights, the Orioles beat two of the league’s best, Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels, and it was two of the Orioles young guns, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, who did it. 

Through two innings, Gausman had thrown 50 pitches, allowed two runs, and looked like a pitcher who wouldn’t give the Orioles what they needed. 

Instead, Gausman soldiered through seven innings, and helped give the Orioles their third straight win.

The Orioles’ 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers before 24,552 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night, secured their hold on first place in the American League East. 

“I think the step-ups come from our pitcher. You know those guys’ runs are going to be at a premium. Our guys, you’ve got to be ready to go first inning,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Gausman struck out the game’s first two batters, then Carlos Beltran hit a home run, his 22nd, in his second game with Texas (62-46). 

The Orioles (61-45) took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first against Cole Hamels. With one out, Jonathan Schoop singled, and Manny Machado lined a ball off first baseman Mitch Moreland’s glove at first. It wound up in right field, and there were runners at second and third. 

Mark Trumbo grounded to short, and Schoop scored while Machado was out at third. Chris Davis and Steve Pearce walked to load the bases, and Matt Wieters singled to center, scoring Trumbo and Davis. 

Those were all the runs the Orioles scored, and all they would need.

“Hamel’s having a great year. You can make a case for him being the leading candidate for the Cy Young. But it wasn’t like we beat him up or anything. We had one shot at it and we took advantage of it. And our pitching made it hold up. And the defense,” Showalter said. 

Gausman (3-8) labored through the second inning, and the Rangers scored on a leadoff double by Rougned Odor and a single by Jonathan Lucroy. 

“When the guys put up three on him, I knew that probably wasn’t going to happen again,” Gausman said. “Runs are at a premium in games like this and you knew that he was going to lock it down and throw up some O’s for them. I just kind of tried to do the same thing.”

In the next four innings, Gausman gave up three hits, but nifty double plays started by J.J. Hardy in the fifth and Davis in the sixth helped out tremendously. 

“Any time you can kind of limit that damage and not let it get out of control it’s going to be good and it’s going to be in your favor,” Gausman said. “With our defense, if you get a guy on first base, you’re always one pitch away from getting a double play and getting out of it.”

Gausman allowed two runs on seven hits. 

Hamels (12-3) didn’t allow another hit until Trumbo led off the sixth with a base hit and left after seven. 

Darren O’Day retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Zach Britton finished up the ninth for his 33rd save. It’s the most consecutive saves by a left-hander to start a season in baseball history, and he has 106 lifetime saves, third most by an Orioles reliever and most by a left-hander. 

Britton walked Odor with one out in the ninth, but with Lucroy off, threw a pitch off the plate that Wieters scampered after. He threw to second to get Odor for the second out. 

“I knew he was an aggressive runner. I didn’t really have time to check and see if he was going. I just kind of assumed he was going and just spun. And the ball just happened to come out good right to second base,” Wieters said.

The Orioles are 39-16 at home, and 22-29 on the road. After Thursday’s game, they have a 10-game road trip to Chicago, Oakland and San Francisco. 

“We’re playing some good teams. If you look at our schedule, it’s a top-rated schedule the rest of the way. You know what? Our guys are pretty good, too. They enjoy the competition. They don’t shirk from it. They like people telling them they shouldn’t be able to do it. They like proving people wrong. They’ve done that for quite a while,” Showalter said.

NOTES: A.J. Griffin (4-1, 3.99) faces Wade Miley (7-8, 4.98) on Thursday night. It will be Miley’s Orioles debut. … The time of the game was two hours, 26 minutes, quickest of the season. 

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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.