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Machado-less Orioles still roll over Blue Jays on Father's Day, 11-6

Machado-less Orioles still roll over Blue Jays on Father's Day, 11-6

BALTIMORE—The first of four games without Manny Machado turned out quite acceptably for the Orioles. 

Despite Chris Tillman’s ragged second inning, the Orioles ended up with an 11-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 39,024 at Oriole Park on Sunday. 

The Orioles (40-28) have split their 10 games this year with Toronto (39-33), and maintained their one-game lead over Boston in the American League East.

Tillman (10-1) won for the ninth straight time despite frittering away a three-run lead in the second. 

“I finished up good. It was a little struggle early on. I think fastball command was a little off, but we finished up well. Made some pitches when we needed to and like I said, the boys picked me up, picked me up big time today. Tough day on the bullpen, but we came out of everything with a big series win,” Tillman said. 

The Orioles set a season high with 19 hits. Matt Wieters equaled his career high with four hits and had five RBIs. Jonathan Schoop had his second straight three hit game. He drove in three runs.

Tillman made it through five innings. He allowed just one hit outside of the second when Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis each hit two-run home runs to give the Blue Jays a temporary 4-3 lead. 

“When you get these two offenses together, you know you’re going to need to score with each other. And Tillman really threw the ball great except for the second inning, I think. It was a hot one out there so the ball was going pretty good. So he was able to get through that second and give us five strong,” Wieters said.

Chris Davis’ RBI single and Wieters’ two-run home run off Marcus Stroman (6-3) gave the Orioles that 3-0 lead.

Ryan Flaherty’s RBI single scored Pedro Alvarez in the second to tie it at 4. 

Run-scoring singles by Schoop and Adam Jones and Flaherty’s RBI double put the Orioles ahead 7-4 in the fourth. 

Wieters’ third hit of the day, an RBI single, gave the Orioles an 8-4 lead in the fifth.

Tillman left after 99 pitches, and in five inning, allowed four runs on five hits and struck out five.

“It's a challenge against them. It's a hot, offensive-friendly day and he had that one inning that got his pitch count up. He's coming off a 119 pitches last time. I didn't want to push him. He wasn't real happy with the old manager. He said he felt great, and I said we want to keep you that way,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Tillman said he didn’t want to come out of the game.

“I felt really good, actually. I felt like I was starting to get on a roll, get on track. Our bullpen needs a rest. Our guys have been throwing a lot. It was a rough early couple of innings, so I understand,” Tillman said. 

Odrisamer Despaigne, who is a candidate to start on Wednesday against San Diego, followed Tillman and gave up two runs, one of them unearned, as Toronto closed to within 8-6 in the seventh. 

Wieters’ RBI single and Schoop’s two-run homer, his 12th, in the seventh, put the Orioles ahead 11-6. 

The Orioles have a 26-12 record at home. That’s the most home wins in baseball, and they have an 18-13 record in the AL East. 

“Every series win against a division opponent is really, really big. Every win counts. This division is really close. Every team is really good and this series was big for us,” Schoop said. 

After their one-game trip to Texas and two games against San Diego, the Orioles will have a four-game series against Tampa Bay, their final AL East series until following the All-Star break. 

They lost three of four at Toronto last weekend, but followed that with winning two of three against Boston and the Blue Jays.

“Any time you come out with a series win in the division, it’s important. Every game counts just as much as the next, but in the division is big, especially this past month. We’ve had a tough schedule the past month. We still have a tough schedule coming up. It’s a big series win,” Tillman said.

NOTES: Home plate umpire Dale Scott was hit in the groin by a foul ball by Flaherty and left the game. First base umpire Bob Davidson filled in for Scott. … Kevin Gausman (0-4, 4.14) pitches against Derek Holland (5-5, 5.14) in the one-game makeup in Texas on Monday night at 8:05 p.m. … The Orioles have won nine series at home this season, lost one and split two. 

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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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.

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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.