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Orioles continue offensive futility with 1-0 loss to Oakland


Orioles continue offensive futility with 1-0 loss to Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif.—The Orioles are going through one of their worst stretches of the season. They’ve lost three straight to one of baseball’s weaker teams, a team that’s out of the postseason conversation. 

They’ve scored three runs in three games, but their pitchers have given up just six, and suddenly, the Orioles are out of first place in the American League East. 

What started out as a promising beginning to the longest road trip of the season has turned into a bigger challenge than they imagined. 

The Orioles are 2-4 on the 10-game trip, and must win on Thursday to avoid their first four-game sweep in Oakland since Aug. 2004. 

Ross Detwiler, who hadn’t won a major league start in more than three years, pitched eight innings, his longest outing in a major league career that began in 2007 with the Nationals. 

Detwiler allowed six hits as the Oakland Athletics beat the Orioles 1-0 before 13,481 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Wednesday night. 

“It’s been all week. It’s part of the grind. We’ve been squaring balls up and they’ve been going right to the center fielder, right fielder, left fielder, shortstop, third,” Manny Machado said. 

“It’s one of those times of the year when we can’t find the breaks. We just have to keep battling, keep fighting, keep playing together and you know, things will turn around.”

Machado is 1-for-11 in this series. 

“I mean it’s difficult. Every game counts so it’s difficult going out there and we can’t find a break. We’re squaring balls up and we can’t really do anything about it. We’re having good at bats. We’re doing what we need to do, trying to get guys over, and it’s just not falling for us. So we just have to stay positive, stay together and keep playing as a team and keep doing it. Eventually, things will turn around,” Machado said. 

Machado isn’t the only Oriole not hitting. Mark Trumbo is hitless in 11 at-bats and Matt Wieters is just 1-for-10. 

“You don’t want to take away anything from Detwiler. He took advantage of the opportunity he got tonight. I like some of the at-bats we had, we just haven’t been able to string much together,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter dropped Chris Davis to sixth, and he had two singles, the only Oriole with multiple hits. 

There just wasn’t any support for Yovani Gallardo, who pitched perhaps his best game with the Orioles, and was the hard-luck loser despite allowing just one run on four hits in six innings.

Gallardo (4-4) joined Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley, who each gave up two runs in six innings, but still lost.

“This game is tough. Sometimes you go through stretches like that throughout the year. For us as a team in general, we’re working hard. We’re doing everything we can,” Gallardo said. 

“Throughout the year, the guys have been doing a great job, our offense just swinging the bats. It’s just one of those stretches that we’re going through right now, but you can’t worry about today. It’s just one of those things where things didn’t go our way, and you’ve got to come back and keep doing it tomorrow.” 

The Orioles (63-50) have fallen out of first place in the AL East because Toronto defeated Tampa Bay. 

Adam Jones led off the first with a single against Detwiler. He moved to second on a wild pitch, and tried to score on J.J. Hardy’s double to right. He got a bad jump and was called safe at home, but overturned on replay. 

“I don’t think one run would have won the ballgame for us. It’s a bang-bang play. If Adam gets his front foot down instead of his back foot down, he’s probably safe, but run-scoring opportunities haven’t been plentiful lately so you take your shots now and then. Hindsight’s real easy,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles got two runners on with two outs in the fourth. Jonathan Schoop and Davis both singled. Wieters flied to right to end the inning. 

Oakland took the 1-0 lead in the third on back-to-back doubles by Marcus Semien and Yonder Alonso against Gallardo.

That was enough for Detwiler who was added by Oakland (51-63). He retired the final 12 batters to face him.

After Detwiler departed, John Axford pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.

“We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it too. I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not landing, so we just have to take that as a positive and take it out tomorrow,” Machado said. 

NOTE: Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.50) faces Andrew Triggs (0-0, 5.35) on Thursday afternoon. 

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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."