LOS ANGELES—Hours before, Mark Trumbo hit two home runs, and then suddenly the Orioles couldn’t get a hit. For seven innings, they went hitless against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and while their bullpen held the Dodgers scoreless, the Orioles finally scored twice in the 14th inning.
The Orioles struck out 18 times, and didn’t get a hit for seven innings of their longest game in nearly three years.
Jonathan Schoop’s two-run double scored Manny Machado and Chris Davis in the 14th inning, and the Orioles escaped with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers before 40.899 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.
“Grueling. Seldom there’s a lot of fun to be had when you get past regular nine innings, especially when it starting creeping into 13, 14, 15 or more. Everyone is pretty spent usually,” Trumbo said.
“It’s just really tough. You want to win them obviously, it feel much better. But it’s very taxing. Fortunately we have an off day tomorrow.”
The Orioles (49-35) won the first two and last two games of the nine-game trip, but suffered a season-long five game losing streak in between.
After the Orioles took the two-run lead in the 14th, a spent Zach Britton came into the game, looking for his 25th save.
With runners on second and third with two outs, manager Buck Showalter intentionally walked Yasmani Grandal, the potential winning run to load the bases because he knew Los Angeles (48-39) was out of position players and had only reliever Chris Hatcher (5-4) to hit.
Hatcher grounded out to Britton, and the Orioles were going home.
“It’s kind of last man standing. It’s [getting to the point of] diminishing returns. You want to make sure you’re OK in the long run. We’re fortunate because we have guys who are capable of pitching multiple innings,” Showalter said.
The Orioles have a day off on Thursday, and are unsure whether Ubaldo Jimenez or Mike Wright will pitch on Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels, but that’s two days away.
“You reach that point in the game, and everybody’s obviously tired. Everybody got three or four hours sleep last night,” Showalter said. “We tee them up. We play. We got a lot of solid innings out of our bullpen.”
Dylan Bundy, Brad Brach, Odrisamer Despaigne, Vance Worley, Mychal Givens and Britton allowed eight hits and walked six in nine innings, but the Dodgers didn’t score.
Bundy recorded seven outs, all by strikeouts. Givens (6-1) got the win with a scoreless 13th.
“The job of the bullpen is pretty much to strand runners in all honestly, especially when you get in jams. It’s not always easy, but we found a way to do it and give our offense a chance. It was kind of a mental grind, sitting down there the whole game,” Britton said.
He warmed up multiple times, something that’s unheard of for Showalter.
“It was miserable. I got hot five times, so I was running on fumes that last one,” Britton said. “Just tired, everyone is. Tried to find a way and navigate the lineup with the fact that they were out of bench players. I knew I was tired to tried not to leave anything up they could do damage on really and make them hit my pitch.”
There were many remarkable things about the game. The teams combined for 36 strikeouts, most in the 54-year history of Dodger Stadium. Chase Utley had six hits, four singles and two doubles, and Trumbo said after the game that he’d participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby in San Diego.
Kevin Gausman started against former Oriole Bud Norris. Each pitched five innings, but Gausman left trailing 4-3. Trumbo’s second home run tied the game at 4 where it stayed, seemingly forever.
“I was on the bench, probably the last seven innings. Obviously going to sit out there and support our guys. A lot of zeroes later in the game. There was a lot of sitting and obviously I love strikeouts,” Gausman said.
Los Angeles used 22 of its 25 players, including one starter Kenta Maeda as a pinchrunner, and another, Scott Kazmir, as a pinch hitter.
The Orioles still had J.J. Hardy, two relievers, and Yovani Gallardo, a good hitting pitcher available.
“Every win counts and we’re aware of that. This win is going to help us in September. We can’t say OK let’s this one go away and we’ll get one tomorrow. We’ve got to fight it, even if we’ve got to play 20-30 innings,” Schoop said.
NOTES: Trumbo also participated in the 2012 Home Run Derby. ... The 1966 Orioles World Series championship team will be honored before Friday’s game. Matt Shoemaker (3-9, 4.40) pitches for the Angels against either Jimenez or Wright. … The game took five hours, 26 minutes.