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Orioles held to three hits, lose again to Oakland

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Orioles held to three hits, lose again to Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif.—Through two games at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Orioles have just three runs and 10 hits. 

And yes, they’ve lost twice. 

On Tuesday night, Zach Neal, the Athletics rookie right-hander making his second major league start, completely baffled the Orioles. 

Neal allowed just one baserunner in 5 1/3 innings and three Oakland relievers shut down the Orioles. 

Losing 2-1 to the Athletics before 13,572 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Orioles looked flat. 

After Neal (2-1) retired the first nine Orioles, Adam Jones led off the fourth with a home run, his 22nd of the season. Neal also allowed Jonathan Schoop’s sixth inning double before leaving for Liam Hendriks, who retired all five batters he faced. 

John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing the third Orioles baserunner, Jonathan Schoop on a bases on balls. 

Ryan Madson collected his 24th save. Jones began the ninth with a hit, his fifth in the series. Hyun Soo Kim quickly hit into a double play. Manny Machado walked, and Chris Davis struck out looking to end the game. 

The Orioles (63-49) maintained their narrow lead in the AL East because Toronto (64-50) lost to Tampa Bay. 

“Still in first place, right? Right,” Jones said after the game.

Jones has precisely half the Orioles hits in this series. 

“There was a lot of weak contact,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Showalter doesn’t see evidence of hitters being overly aggressive
 
“There’s nothing different going on from when we scored 10 runs over in [Chicago] a couple days ago,” Showalter said. “They pitched well. And you know you’re going to get a lot of different looks here.”

Seventeen of the 27 Orioles outs were on ground balls. 

“Just kept the ball down. I was talking to [Oakland catcher Stephen] Vogt when they made the pitching change, and he was like, ‘hey man, he kept the ball down.’ That’s going to give him the best shot. Tip your cap to the guy, he kept the ball down, it’s not like he struck us out,” Jones said. 

“Just kept hitting ground balls and balls right at people. Tough luck, kind of the same thing as last night. Both of them sinkerball guys kept the ball down. Tip your cap and move on.” 

Meanwhile, Wade Miley making his second start for the Orioles since his July 31 acquisition from Seattle, gave up two runs in the third inning. 

With one out, Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski singled. Danny Valencia’s double scored Semien and Khris Davis’ scoring fly ball brought home Smolinski giving Oakland (50-63) a 2-0 lead. 

Miley (7-10) gave up two runs in six-plus innings. 

“Felt pretty good. As the game went on, I felt better. I wasn’t able to command the ball great early, but I was able to kind of find it later on. [Matt] Wieters did a good job. Once again, we’re learning each other and he did a great job calling that game. The third inning just kind of got away. Didn’t execute …and that’s where they beat us at,” Miley said. 
“I still have the jitters going in just like every start, but yeah, it felt a lot better. I felt more relaxed and was able to make pitches at time rather than the nerves get in the way.”
Showalter was pleased with what he saw. 

“Good. Real good. A lot of balls on the ground. Very similar to their guy. And made very few mistakes. Athletic. Everything we were hoping we were getting with him. He’s been impressive,” Showalter said. 

There are important Orioles not hitting. Since the All-Star break, Davis is 9-for-76, hitting .118 while Mark Trumbo is 15-for 91 (.165). 

“As an offense we’re unable here in this park to get things going consecutively back-to-back-to-back, so come out tomorrow and do it all over again,” Jones said. 

NOTES: Jones passed Al Bumbry for 10th place on the all-time Orioles hit list with 1,404. … Yovani Gallardo (4-3, 5.47) faces Ross Detwiler (0-0, 5.79) on Wednesday night. … Kim’s 10-game hitting streak ended. 

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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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