SAN FRANCISCO—Orioles pitching coach watched Kevin Gausman miss pitch after pitch. He wanted Gausman to stay the course, and not give in to the San Francisco Giants.
“He was like, ‘Hey, no matter what, you’ve just got to keep pitching.’ He’s like, ‘I don’t care if you walk 10 guys. You’ve just got to keep pitching,’” Gausman said.
Gausman kept pitching, and walked nine while striking out nine in four innings as the Orioles fell out of first place in the AL East with a 6-2 loss to San Francisco before 41,456 at AT&T Park on Saturday night.
Six walks was a career high. He actually set his career high by walking five of his first 13 batters. His nine strikeouts were one short of his career high. He struck out seven in the first three innings, striking out the side in both the second and third.
“I thought I had really good command tonight and that’s what frustrating. You get a couple pitches to go your way and that might be a completely different outing and a completely different game,” Gausman said.
San Francisco (66-50) took a 2-0 lead in the second when Hunter Pence walked, and Joe Panik hit a ground-rule double. Denard Span’s two-run single scored Pence and Panik.
Gausman (3-10) gave up two runs on four hits.
Madison Bumgarner (11-7) gave up three hits in seven innings, and Gausman said he got some calls that he didn’t.
“I thought I threw a lot of strikes tonight. I thought the most frustrating thing is knowing that the guy on the other side of the rubber is getting those pitches. So when you see that, that’s when it can kind of [annoy you] a little bit. But there’s nothing you can really do about it. You just try to battle. I only gave up two hits, but obviously six walks in four innings isn’t going to do it,” Gausman said.
In the sixth, Adam Jones tried to bunt and was hit by the pitch in his right index finger, but after he fell to the ground in pain, was ruled out on a ground out to Bumgarner.
After manager Buck Showalter consulted with home plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who made the call and crew chief Jeff Kellogg, a call was made to the New York replay center, and the play was deemed nonreviewable because O’Nora ruled Jones swung.
“The ball hits his finger and he doesn’t make an attempt at it, it’s a dead ball, OK? They say it’s nonreviewable once he made an attempt at it, so there was no challenge, and we were told it was nonreviewable,” Showalter said.
“You could get into why and what is deemed reviewable, but would have liked to have gotten it right, but if he thinks he offered at it. I haven’t looked at it. I don’t really know. Brian’s a good umpire. I wish he’d given a little bit more of the bottom of the zone tonight because Gaus wasn’t that wild,” Showalter said.
Jones stayed in the game, and said he was fine to play on Sunday.
“I know it hit my finger and it hit my knee. Those are two things I know for certain. The ruling and the language? I don’t necessarily know the rules and the language. But we’ll get them tomorrow,” Jones said.
The Giants scored two runs off Vance Worley in the sixth when Span drove in Eduardo Nunez and Panik with another two-run single. Nunez had walked and Panik had his second ground-rule double of the game.
Brandon Belt hit a two-run home run off Ubaldo Jimenez in the seventh, his 14th of the season for a 6-0 San Francisco lead.
The Orioles (65-51) loaded the base with two outs in the ninth on a walk to Chris Davis, an infield single by Matt Wieters and a walk to Nolan Reimold. They avoided the shutout on a two-run single by Ryan Flaherty.
Santiago Casilla threw one pitch to Jones, who grounded to third for the final out. Casilla earned his 27th save.
Since Joey Rickard is on the disabled list, the Orioles don’t have many alternatives to Jones in center field.
“We’re pretty thin in center field. It’s Adam or Adam,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Orioles pitchers walked a season-high nine batters. … Steve Pearce struck out for Worley as a pinch hitter in the seventh. It was his first at-bat since he left Sunday’s game with a forearm injury. … Yovani Gallardo was used as a pinch hitter for Gausman in the fifth. He struck out. … The longest road trip of the season ends Sunday at 4:05 p.m. when Wade Miley (7-10, 4.98) faces Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.93).