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Long, soggy day ends with Orioles losing 5-3

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Long, soggy day ends with Orioles losing 5-3

BALTIMORE – Yovani Gallardo had never been through a four-hour rain delay. He didn’t know what to do. Originally, Sunday’s game was supposed to start at 1:35 p.m. It didn’t begin until four hours, five minutes later. 

After a scoreless inning, there was another half-hour delay. 

When the rain finally ended, the Orioles played a listless game, losing for the fifth time in six tries on this homestand to the Houston Astros 5-3 before 29,734 at Oriole Park.

Only a fraction of the announced crowd was there at the start of the game, and fans were invited to move down to any unoccupied seat. 

The Orioles (67-56) lost two to Boston and three of four to Houston (64-60). It was truly a lost opportunity because both the Red Sox and AL East leading Toronto lost, leaving the Orioles 2 ½ games out of first. 

Gallardo gave up four runs, one of them unearned in seven innings, and helped the Orioles tattered bullpen recover. 

“It was a good outing, especially considering the conditions,” manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s a real impressive outing when you think about all of the elements.”

Gallardo gave up two runs on a double that Chris Davis lost in the lights in right field, and a third one scored due to an error by Manny Machado. 

Showalter defended Davis’ play.

“Chris is a good right fielder and maybe our best right fielder. It got in the lights and he just had to guess where it was. He almost made a great play. Probably one of the few guys who would have got to that,” Showalter said. 

Gallardo walked toward the bullpen at 1 p.m. to begin his pregame ritual, and then the rain came, and it wasn’t until four hours later that he resumed.

“It’s hard. Honestly, I was just walking around, pacing around, talking to the guys. I tried not to think about it too much. I know it might sound a little bit weird, but obviously, it’s one of those things where they were going to give me enough time just to get the things that I had to do to get ready, to get down and prepare, get mentally ready. The last thing you want to do is be sitting here and thinking about the game the whole day. By the time the game starts, you’re mentally drained,” Gallardo said. 

He allowed a run to Houston in the fourth on an RBI single to A.J. Reed. 

Jonathan Schoop’s 19th home run in the fourth off Dallas Keuchel tied it at 1. 

Schoop has been through some long rain delays with the Orioles, but this one was the longest. 

“It’s difficult, but you’ve got to go. You’ve got to play a game. You’ve got to do something to stay engaged with the game. Whenever the game starts you’ve got to focus to be ready,” Schoop said. 

Houston took a 4-1 lead in the fifth on the unearned run, which scored on Jose Altuve’s single, and then Correa’s fly to right field.

Nolan Reimold doubled with two outs in the second, and scored on Adam Jones’ single. It was Reimold’s first extra-base hit since July 24. 

Keuchel (8-12) gave up two runs on five hits in eight innings.

Gallardo (4-5) allowed four runs, three earned on seven hits in seven innings. 

Parker Bridwell, who was called up on Sunday from Norfolk, retired his first two batters in the eighth, then allowed Jake Marisnick’s third home run, and the Orioles trailed 5-2. 

Bridwell worked a scoreless ninth, and Ken Giles allowed Mark Trumbo’s 37th home run of the year, but recorded three outs for his third save. 

“If I could put it into words I would. It’s just a dream come true. Just like any other kid. I was pretty nervous before that first pitch. And then that kind of lifted a little weight off my shoulders. But it was fun. It was everything I expected,” Bridwell said. 

The Orioles have a difficult week ahead. They play four against the Nationals, two at home and two away before heading to New York for three games against the Yankees. 

“We know we can score a lot of runs. That’s baseball. Sometimes you score, sometimes you don’t score. We’ve got to keep in there, keep focused, keep bringing it, and it’s going to come,” Schoop said. 

NOTES: Bridwell was the fifth reliever to debut this year for the Orioles. Jayson Aquino, Donnie Hart, Ariel Miranda and Ashur Tolliver were the others. … Cuban refugee Yulieski Gurriel debuted for the Astros. The 32-year-old was 1-for-2 and a walk. … Delays in Baltimore this year have totaled 11 hours, 32 minutes. … Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.59) starts for the first time in Baltimore against Dylan Bundy (6-4, 3.36) on Monday. 

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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."