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Orioles 5-game winning streak comes to an end against the Tigers

Orioles 5-game winning streak comes to an end against the Tigers

BALTIMORE -- The Detroit Tigers appear to be saving their best baseball for rainy days.

Justin Upton homered and drove in two runs, and Detroit shook off two rain delays and a triple play in a 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Ian Kinsler hit his 45th career leadoff home run for the Tigers, who built a 7-0 lead in the third inning and ended Baltimore's five-game winning streak.

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After enduring nearly five hours of rain delays Wednesday in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium, Detroit ran into more troublesome weather at Camden Yards. The game began 43 minutes late, and only four batters went to the plate before another shower produced a stoppage of 59 minutes.

The final pitch came after midnight, just about five hours beyond the scheduled starting time.

But the final result made it all worth it for the Tigers.

"We've had some pretty long days at the ballpark last couple days, but we've been playing pretty good baseball," Kinsler said.

Baltimore's second triple play of the season occurred in the second inning. With runners on first and second, Tigers catcher James McCann hit a grounder to third baseman Manny Machado, who stepped on third and whipped a throw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The relay to Chris Davis beat McCann to complete the around-the-horn triple play.

That proved to be one of the few highlights for the Orioles, who were trying to reach .500 for the first time since June 29.

Tim Beckham had three hits, including his first homer with Baltimore to make it 7-5 in the eighth, but the Orioles could not complete the comeback.

Kinsler got Detroit started with a drive to left field off Chris Tillman (1-7), moving past Brady Anderson into sole possession of sixth place for career leadoff homers.

Upton connected one out later, and Miguel Cabrera struck out before the rain came.

"The rain helped us at the beginning of the game," Kinsler said. "We had scored two runs going into the rain delay."

Cabrera doubled in two runs in a five-run third that ended Tillman's ineffective outing. He allowed seven runs, five earned, in two-plus innings and has gone 14 straight starts without a win.

"You keep waiting for him," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It's tough because you've got a guy who's really got a track record of pitching well for us over an extended period of time and he's just not doing it right now."

Tillman knows it.

"It's killing me right now. It really is," he said.

Despite being spotted a big lead, Detroit starter Matthew Boyd couldn't make it out of the fifth inning. He was lifted after his fourth walk and replaced by Warwick Saupold (3-1), who pitched 1 2/3 innings.

"You can't be walking guys," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said about Boyd. "Early on, I thought he was going to be fine. The first inning, he looked real good. But he just lost command of the ball."

Shane Greene worked a perfect ninth for his third save.

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0