BALTIMORE—Twenty-four hours after the Orioles endured a long trip to Arlington, Tex. to play a makeup game, they returned home to resume their homestand.
Playing a team full of unknowns, the Orioles were undone by a horrid seventh inning from Mychal Givens, and they lost 10-7 to the San Diego Padres before 23,876 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.
Givens (5-1) allowed all five batters he faced in the seventh to reach, and three of them scored.
The only good thing for the Orioles (40-30) was that they kept their American League East lead because Boston, who trails by a game, also lost.
Tyler Wilson had a messy outing. He allowed nine hits, walked one and hit two batters in six innings.
Somehow, he left the game leading.
“Tonight was one of those nights where I didn't feel like I had much of anything.” Wilson said. “And I really had to battle. Really had to force contact early in the count, and as a byproduct of that you're going to give up hits. That's just a byproduct of the way I pitch as well, which is OK. But I kind of have to force contact early, don't want to fall behind and give those guys a chance to do some damage.”
Matt Kemp’s RBI single gave San Diego a 1-0 lead in the first.
Luis Perdomo, a Rule 5 draft choice, making his fourth major league start retired the first eight Orioles, and then walked the ninth, Francisco Pena.
Adam Jones’ RBI double tied the score, and Hyun Soo Kim’s single gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third.
Wilson gave up two runs in the fourth on Derek Norris’ ninth home run and a run-scoring single by Wil Myers.
Pedro Alvarez’s two run home run to left in the fourth put the Orioles ahead 4-3.
Alvarez added a long two-run homer to right in the fifth, and the Orioles led 6-3. He has nine home runs this season, and his first multi-homer game since Aug. 22, 2014.
Givens came in to start the seventh, and delivered the worst outing of his career. It resulted in his first loss after seven consecutive wins as a major leaguer.
He allowed a double to Matt Kemp, singles to Yangervis Solarte and Melvin Upton, Jr., and walked Ryan Shimpf and Derek Norris.
“He tried to pick it up a little bit after the fact, but just never could really seem to find it. Kind of reminds he’s going to have some nights like that with his experience level where he just can’t seem to find it. He never really got a hold of it,” manager Buck Showalter said.
While Givens left with a 6-5 lead, he presented Oliver Drake, who’d been called up from Norfolk earlier in the day, with an awful situation.
Bases loaded, none out, and on Drake’s first pitch, he threw one in the dirt and Solarte scored with the tying run. Christian Bethancourt grounded to second.
Jonathan Schoop looked as if he wanted to throw home to get Upton, but he fumbled it for a moment, and threw to first for the out, and San Diego (30-42) had a 7-6 lead.
Showalter didn’t want to use Brad Brach or Dylan Bundy. Brian Duensing was injured, and needed to use Odrisamer Despaigne in the ninth inning. As a result, he’s left with Ubaldo Jimenez to start Wednesday.
Perdomo allowed four runs in five innings. Kevin Quackenbush (5-3) threw a perfect sixth, and Brad Hand did the same in the seventh.
Ryan Buchter began the eighth with two outs, and then J.J. Hardy single, Ryan Flaherty walked and so did Matt Wieters.
Fernando Rodney retired Jones on a grounder to second, ending the eighth. Rodney recorded his 15th save, but gave up a run on a single by Alvarez, his fifth RBI.
San Diego added three runs off Zach Britton, who needed the work, in the ninth.
Showalter knows what the club has been through the past two days, and isn’t using it as an excuse.
“You know what? People really don’t want to hear it. They really don’t. It’d be very easy to complain about it, but we do this for seven, eight months for seven days a week and we are all lucky to do it, and no one really wants to hear about it. Having a late night and not sleeping very much, people do it every day of their lives who work 9 to 5,” Showalter said.
NOTES: The game was delayed by rain at the start for 38 minutes. Rain delays this season have totaled five hours, 59 minutes. … Erik Johnson (0-2, 8.44) starts against Jimenez (3-7, 7.34) on Wednesday). … Delmarva C Yermin Mercedes was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week.
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