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Kevin Gausman wins 4th straight, shuts down Yankees

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Kevin Gausman wins 4th straight, shuts down Yankees

BALTIMORE—Buck Showalter has seen a different Kevin Gausman lately. It’s the Gausman who has won four straight for the first time in his career, and pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings in his last three starts. 

Gausman followed up on his seven shutout innings at Yankee Stadium on Sunday with six more as the Orioles registered their third consecutive shutout against New York. 

What made it more impressive was that Dylan Bundy allowed two hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings on Friday, and Gausman allowed just two in his six.

The result was the Orioles’ 2-0 win over the Yankees before 30,855 at Oriole Park on Saturday night. 

It was the first time the Orioles had consecutive shutouts since last June 28, and the first time the Orioles have shutout out the Yankees (69-65) in three straight games. 

“Kevin’s a good pitcher. He’s had a great look in his eye for about a month. Not that he hasn’t before. It’s just there’s a real driven look and presence about him. Felt like he’s really kind of hit his stride. He’s been solid for us for a while. He’s in a good place in the process, so to speak,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Gausman is now 2-1 with a dazzling 0.80 ERA this season against New York. He’s allowed just three earned runs in 33 2/3 innings.

“I don’t know. Just trying to mx in all my pitches and keep them off balance. I think a lot of their guys are obviously looking for a fastball against me, so if I can throw my off-speed pitches for strikes, and kind of put that thought in the back of their minds, I can have success. I don’t know what it is,” Gausman said. 

Gausman (7-10) struck out his first four hitters, and six of the first eight. 

With two outs and a runner on first in the fifth, Manny Machado ranged to his right a slowly hit grounder by Brett Gardner and Chris Davis made a long stretch at first for the out. Gardner was initially called safe, but after a review, the call was overturned. 

“There's a lot of good third basemen in the league (but) nobody makes that play. The arm strength, the throw, to have that type of velocity across the diamond and throwing on the move. I do not take it for granted. None of us do. It's a huge play,” Showalter said. 

Gausman walked two and struck out eight. 

“Tonight it was just kind of more about our defense. We made some unreal plays behind me. Schoop, Manny, all those guys, everyone was making good plays behind me,” Gausman said.

In the first four months of the season, Gausman had just three wins. 

“I think maybe it’s just feeling a little bit more confident. Just confident with everything I’m doing in between starts. And so I think that’s something as a young starter you kind of learn in due time,” Gausman said. 

He’s won the last three games while Chris Tillman has been on the disabled list. 

“I don’t know if that did it. I’ve just been a little bit frustrated, until about a month ago, with how my season’s been going. I felt like I was pitching great and things just didn’t go my way. Now it’s kind of on the other side, the other flip side of it. Like I said, I’m just confident, feeling good. I think this is the first time I’ve got into August and September and felt this good physically with this amount of innings under my belt,” Gausman said. 

Mychal Givens pitched a scoreless seventh. Brad Brach followed with a shutout inning in the eighth. Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth for his 40th consecutive save. 

The Orioles (74-61) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Mark Trumbo led off with a double, his first one since July 31. With one out, Davis blooped a single to right, and Trumbo scored when Aaron Judge bobbled the ball for an error.

Adam Jones homered to left, his 25th of the year off CC Sabathia (8-12) in the fifth. 

After losing two of three to Toronto and falling four games in back of the Blue Jays, the Orioles have won two straight while Toronto has lost twice to Tampa Bay, and are two games behind in the AL East race.

“We were in the thick of things against Toronto, too. Lot of games left. No one is, I don't think the final standings are over August 31. That’s why they make this last month and call it the September push,” Jones said. 

NOTES: Jones has now hit at least 25 home runs for six straight seasons. … Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.12) faces Wade Miley (8-11, 5.43) on Sunday. 
 

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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."

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

BALTIMORE — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart. After Beckham's double, Anthony Santander singled to right and rookie Chance Sisco followed with an RBI double to make it 1-all.

Sanchez (1-1) got the victory, though, when Granderson hit a sidearmed fastball from Darren O'Day (0-1) over the right-field scoreboard. It was his first homer since signing as a free agent with Toronto this past offseason.

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Roberto Osuna got three straight outs for his fifth save. He became the youngest player in major league history (23 years, 62 days) with career 100 saves.

Orioles starter Andrew Cashner pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out six.

On almost any other night, that would have been good enough to get the win. But Cashner -- making his third start with Baltimore after signing as a free agent in February -- had to settle for matching zeroes with Sanchez.

The Blue Jays broke up the scoreless duel in the eighth with an unearned run on a throwing error by Santander on a single to right by Yangervis Solarte.

Toronto's defense helped keep the no-hitter in the early innings. Right fielder Steve Pearce and center fielder Kevin Pillar made leaping catches on deep fly balls, and second baseman Devon Travis raced into the outfield to snag a fifth-inning blooper by Beckham.

Until the eighth, Sanchez was in the running to join Dave Stieb as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters for Toronto. Stieb beat Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1990.