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Orioles drop three games back of Boston after 5-2 loss to Rays

Orioles drop three games back of Boston after 5-2 loss to Rays

BALTIMORE—The Orioles began the week trying to catch the Boston Red Sox for the American League East. After taking two of three in Boston, the Orioles came home trailing the Red Sox by just a game. 

Three games later, the Orioles are three games behind Boston after two losses in three games to the last place Tampa Bay Rays. On
Saturday night, the Rays won 5-2 before 27,823 at Oriole Park. 

The Orioles (81-67) are still very much in the wild card picture, but they need to beat Tampa Bay on Sunday and win at least three of four against the Red Sox in the series that begins Monday. 

“Man, it’s not like we’re going out there playing against ourselves. We’re going out there playing against other major leaguers. You say what you want about the Rays and their standings, but they’ve got a formidable major league team over there They’re not just laying down, dying, quitting and just letting us win. So tip your caps to them for continuing their effort and their grind,” Adam Jones said. 

Chris Tillman started for the second time since returning from three weeks on the disabled list for right shoulder soreness, and his performance wasn’t bad at all. It was just that the Orioles couldn’t do much with Matt Andriese. 

After Tillman’s scoreless first inning, which broke Tampa Bay’s streak of six first inning homers against Orioles pitching, Jones led off with a double. He moved to third on Hyun Soo Kim’s infield out and scored on Manny Machado’s fly to right. 

In the third, J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn started the inning with singles. They both moved up on Jones’ infield out and scored on Kim’s fly to center. 

Evan Longoria tripled past a sliding Bourn in right field with one out in the fourth and scored when Chris Davis elected to throw home on Brad Miller’s grounder. Longoria slid under Matt Wieters’ glove. 

Longoria led off the sixth with his 35th home run, his third in as many nights, and the eighth he’s hit against Tillman. Miller followed with an infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored on Richie Shaffer’s two-out double. 

“I thought it went OK. I feel like we did a pretty good job throughout, making pitches when we needed to. Just a couple swings beat us. They threw the ball better,” Tillman said. 
Tillman (16-6) allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. 

“Chris pitched pretty well as far as results. He gave us a good chance to win. We just didn’t do much against their pitching. We scored two runs. Andriese was pretty good. I thought Chris, usually second time out after a layoff you might have a little different result, but I thought if you look at the product as a whole, Chris gave us a chance there,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Andriese (8-7) who entered the game with an 0-3 record and a 9.24 ERA in five games against the Orioles, gave up two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. 

Dana Eveland, Chase Whitley and Alex Colome combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Whitley (1-0) pitched the seventh and eighth for the win, and Colome picked up his 34th save. 

Tampa Bay (64-84) scored two runs in the eighth. Davis booted Longoria’s ground ball, and with two outs, Steven Souza bunted for a base hit, and Oliver Drake walked Richie Shaffer. 

Mikie Mahtook blooped a single just past Jonathan Schoop’s glove into short right field to score Longoria and Souza.

In 2011, Showalter’s Orioles were in the same position as Tampa Bay, trying to knock contending teams off, and they succeeded. 

“You have a lot of young players trying to make their mark and make impressions. They’re playing with a lot of effort and a lot of looseness. That’s what I was talking about with Chris. If we scored six runs for instance, you’re talking about Chris with probably a six-inning outing and giving up three runs. It’s just we didn’t score many runs,” Showalter said. 

“Right now they are throwing a little curveball into the standings with us and how they did with Toronto,” Jones said. 

On Sunday, Wade Miley, who has an 8.41 ERA with the Orioles will try to beat Jake Odorizzi and salvage a split of the four-game series.

“It’s not necessarily a must win, but at this point in time of the year you need every W you can get. I think we have 14 left and at this point you can’t give games away. We’re not giving them away, but we’ve just go to go out there tomorrow, handle Odorizzi, get some runs early and let our starter settle in and bring in that bullpen,” Jones said. 

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Rainout delays Orioles RHP Cobb's reunion with Rays

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Rainout delays Orioles RHP Cobb's reunion with Rays

BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays have to wait at least one more day before taking their swings against former teammate Alex Cobb.

Cobb, now with the Baltimore Orioles, was scheduled to face his old team on Tuesday night before the game was postponed by rain.

Thus, Cobb will start Wednesday in the delayed start of this series between the only two AL East teams with losing records.

The rainout will be made up as part of single-admission doubleheader on May 12.

It was the 27th major league game to be postponed this season, the most related to weather through April since the commissioner's office started keeping records in 1986. Detroit's game at Pittsburgh was washed out later Tuesday, raising the total to 28.

Cobb, 30, spent his entire career with the Rays before signing with Baltimore as a free agent on March 21. Over six years with Tampa Bay, the right-hander was 48-35 and one of the leaders of the staff.

"He was a crucial part to this organization's success," Rays starter Chris Archer said. "He's a big-game pitcher and somebody who's very consistent, very routine oriented. The competitive nature rubbed off on me and rubbed off on the other guys in this clubhouse as well."

Cobb signed a $57 million, four-year deal with the Orioles, who will be counting on him to deliver the same kind of pitching and leadership in Baltimore.

Thus far, it hasn't gone well. Cobb got off to a late start because he missed most of spring training, and since his return he's gone 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA.

"Abbreviation has affected that," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He's going to get going here. Hopefully he can wait one more start before he does."

Brad Miller was down to bat cleanup for the Rays on Tuesday night before the game was called. Miller knew better than to chat with his old friend beforehand.

"Definitely wouldn't talk to him on his start days," Miller said. "Thought about maybe texting him just to rattle him a little bit, but ... ."

Miller won't know what to think when he sees Cobb wearing the orange and black of the Orioles.

"It's definitely going to be weird seeing him on the mound," Miller said. "I miss Cobb a lot. He was the ultimate competitor."

And that, Miller contends, is what sets Cobb apart from most pitchers.

"He's a bulldog. Really intense, kind of an old-school throwback starting pitcher," Miller said. "He's going to go out there and do anything he can for his team. So that, for me, is obviously his biggest trait."

The rainout came at an opportune time for the Orioles, who are hampered by injuries and have lost nine of 10 games to fall 11 games under .500 (6-17).

Baltimore's projected starting lineup did not include infielder Tim Beckham, who's been bothered by a groin injury and is expected to land on the 10-day disabled list.

With Beckham out and Trey Mancini playing with a tender right knee, manager Buck Showalter would have been operating with a short bench.

Help is on the way: Baltimore claimed utility infielder Jace Peterson on waivers from the New York Yankees. He's expected to arrive Wednesday.

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

"When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it," Ramirez said through a translator. "I know eventually I'm going to break out."

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."

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Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

"I thought we did a pretty good job," manager Terry Francona said. "When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings."

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

"It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do," Kluber said. "That's what we did."

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

"You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening," Machado said. "We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together."

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

"Once you get the lead, you can't give it up," Cashner lamented.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. "It's important we get it right the first time," Showalter said.

WELL RESTED

Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits -- including six homers -- over 21 innings.

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