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Orioles back in first place after 5-2 win over Giants

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Orioles back in first place after 5-2 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO---It wasn’t Dylan Bundy’s best outing. It still was good enough for his third straight win.

Bundy’s stuff wasn’t overpowering, and he fell a batter short of completing six innings on Friday night, but he allowed just a run on three hits while throwing 92 pitches. 

The Orioles bullpen was mostly stout, and the end result was a win, and a recapturing of first place. 

Mixing in home runs from Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis, who homered in the same game for the first time since June 26, the Orioles beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 before 41,479 at AT&T Park and regained first place in the AL East by a half-game because Toronto lost to Houston. 

At game time it was 59 degrees, the coolest for any game in nearly three months, and Bundy (6-3) responded. He has thrown 18 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits in his last three starts. 

“He just didn’t have a feel for his breaking ball tonight it may have had something to do with the cold weather. And the changeup is such a feel pitch, both of them,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Bundy knew he didn’t have the stuff that allowed him to recently take no-hitters into the sixth inning.

“You’ve just got to focus a little bit more, I think, and you’ve got to get the ball over the plate and try to let them get themselves out. I was throwing more two-seams or changeups over the middle of the plate and let them pop it up or ground out,” Bundy said. 

After Hunter Pence doubled in the fourth, Bundy, Mychal Givens and Donnie Hart retired 13 straight. 

Generally when the bullpen comes into the game, the Orioles feel the game is over.

“What else would you think? Those guys are the best in the game. They know how to get it done, even when the other team’s threatening a little bit. They find a way to shut them down,” Trumbo said. 

Angel Pagan, the first batter of the ninth singled off Brad Brach, to break the streak of 13 straight Giants (65-50) batters retired. 

Pagan moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brandon Belt’s single. Zach Britton relieved him. Britton struck out Buster Posey, retired Brandon Crawford on a grounder to Jonathan Schoop and struck out Pence to end the game.

Britton saved his 36th straight game. He has a major league record of 40 straight relief appearances without allowing an earned run. 

Trumbo believes Britton is the best he’s seen.

“I would say so. The swings each and every night, the scouting reports obviously say it all, but there’s not a lot you can do. It just has so much movement and it’s coming in at upper 90s, so usually he’s outstanding,” Trumbo said. 
 
Jonathan Schoop and Matt Wieters doubled with one out in the second, and J.J. Hardy followed with a single.  Adam Jones continued his hot hitting with a two-out  RBI single against Matt Cain, and the Orioles (65-50)  took a 2-0 lead. 

Manny Machado singled to start the third, and Trumbo hit his 33rd home run for a 4-0 lead. 

Trumbo’s home run was estimated at 441 feet, one of the longest hit at AT&T Park.

“I spoiled a few and got one I could handle. There were a lot of tough pitches tonight. They were doing a really nice job of executing over there, working the corners a little bit,” Trumbo said. 

It was the second straight game the Orioles had an early lead. 

“Yeah, I think it really helped. It’s an excellent ballclub over there and playing in this division, I’ve seen them firsthand for a while and they don’t beat themselves very often, so the fact that we had a little bit of a cushion was pretty good,” Trumbo said. 

Bundy allowed a run in the third on a single to Joe Panik and a one-out double by Denard Span. 

Chris Davis led off the fifth with his 24th home run, just his second since July 10.

Cain (4-7) left after the home run, having surrendered 11 hits, which equaled his career high. 

Bundy and Hart each batted for the first time as major leaguers. Bundy struck out twice and grounded back to the mound. Hart struck out. 

It wasn’t a memorable batting debut for the switch-hitting Bundy. 

“Not much fun, obviously. I saw six pitches and struck out twice. It was still fun to go up there and get in the batter’s box. Not everybody can say they’ve done that before. It was cool, and I got to run down the line a little bit. It was interesting,” Bundy said. 

NOTE: Kevin Gausman (3-9, 4.02) faces Madison Bumgarner (10-7, 2.20) on Saturday night at 9:05 p.m.  

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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."