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Mike finally has the Wright stuff as Orioles win 4-1

Mike finally has the Wright stuff as Orioles win 4-1

BALTIMORE—Mike Wright’s last start was awful. He allowed six runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. It was so bad he was sent to Norfolk the next day. 

Fortunately for Wright, Darren O’Day’s strained hamstring allowed him to be called back to the Orioles a day later, and having few other options, manager Buck Showalter started him against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. 

There was a much different Wright on display. 

He pitched seven innings, allowing one bizarre unearned run as the Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 before 14,878 at Oriole Park. 

“He got a do-over. Not many people do. I think he would have eventually gotten one anyway, but it came a little faster. It’s kind of like we got the benefits,” Showalter said. 

“It’s kind of like he took all the things we’ve been talking that he’s capable of doing better and he did them tonight.”

Wright (3-3) was the first Orioles starter to complete seven innings since Chris Tillman did it on May 24. 

“He came out here with a vengeance. Nobody wants to get sent down. He had something to prove, that he wanted to be up here and wanted to stay here. The next start he has to come out and do the same thing. We know what he's capable of. He just needs to bring it out every day, every pitch, every outing. He knows what he needs to do. He's just got to go out there and do it,” Manny Machado said. 

Wright agreed with Machado.

“When you get sent down and recalled the next day, I mean you’ve got to come out and perform. So I definitely had a little more focus and like he said, a vengeance,” Wright said. 

Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters hit home runs off Danny Duffy in the seventh to give the Orioles (33-23). They have won five of their last six, and have come from behind in all five. 

Trumbo led off the seventh with his 19th homer into the Orioles bullpen, enabling him to take the major league lead in home runs. 

Two batters later, Wieters smashed his fifth to center field. 

Luke Hochevar replaced Duffy (1-1), and allowed a single to Nolan Reimold. Jonathan Schoop walked, and after Ryan Flaherty struck out, Adam Jones doubled, scoring Reimold. 

Third base coach Bobby Dickerson tried to stop Schoop, but after hesitating for a moment, he ran and was easily tagged out at the plate. 

“I dropped my head. I should have kept my head up. I dropped my head, and didn’t see it. I saw it late, and then I couldn’t stop anymore. I’ve got to clean it up and get better at it,” Schoop said. 

Machado added his 15th home run in the eighth. 

Brad Brach struck out the side in the eighth, and Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save. 

In the first inning, Wright allowed a double to Whit Merrifield and walked Lorenzo Cain with one out, but pitched out of it. 

“I had some stuff to work on. I didn’t get to do down to Norfolk to work on it, but you can do a lot of stuff mentally – reps after reps in your head. It’s the same things,” Wright said.

That was the only inning Wright had to deal with multiple baserunners until the seventh. 

Wright struck out Salvador Perez, but allowed back-to-back singles to Paulo Orlando and Cheslor Cuthbert. 

Jarrod Dyson grounded to short. Machado’s threw to Schoop to force Cuthbert. Trying to complete the double play, Schoop’s attempted throw hit off Cuthbert’s right elbow, and the ball bounced away enabling Orlando to score.

“When he hit it, I thought I had the chance to throw it, but after that when Manny caught the ball, I said, ‘let me try to pump fake,’ and then throw the ball to third base, but I couldn’t stop the ball. It hurt. I apologized,” Schoop said. 

Kansas City (30-27) has lost five straight. 

The Orioles had a chance to score off Duffy in the third. Schoop singled, and Paul Janish bunted for a base hit. Jones tried to do the same, but he was out. 

Schoop and Janish moved up a base, but Joey Rickard struck out, and so did Machado. Machado was so annoyed he slammed his helmet down. 

NOTES: Cuthbert left the game with a bruised right elbow. …Jones’ sacrifice was just the Orioles’ second of the season. …Wieters’ home run was his 100th as a catcher. He has five as a designated hitter and first baseman. … Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.82) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6, 6.59) on Tuesday night. … Showalter passed former Orioles and Nationals manager Davey Johnson for 29th place on the wins list with 1,373.

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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."