BALTIMORE – The Orioles need to forget about the most dizzying loss in memory. They became the first major league team to hit four home runs before recording an out, and they still lost. They hit five home runs in all, and still managed to get embarrassed by the Houston Astros.
Manager Buck Showalter watched Wade Miley, the starter acquired just before the nonwaiver trade deadline cough up a four-run lead in the second inning.
Ubaldo Jimenez and Tyler Wilson gave up seven more runs as the Orioles lost to the Houston Astros 15-8 before 34,422 stunned fans at Oriole Park on Friday night.
The 15 runs were the most allowed by the Orioles (67-54) this season.
Three of Miley’s four starts with the Orioles have been rough. He’s allowed 18 earned runs in 17 innings for a 9.53 ERA.
“I know he’s frustrated, but he’s not the only one who struggled pitching tonight,” Showalter said.
When Showalter summoned Vance Worley in the seventh, it became a certainty the Orioles would need another long man for Saturday’s game.
Odrisamer Despaigne, who was with the club earlier this season, is listed as Norfolk’s starter for Saturday, and could be headed here since Wilson was optioned to the Tides after the game.
Miley allowed a leadoff home run to George Springer, but after the Orioles tied a club record with four home runs in the first inning, the lead was gone in just minutes.
A 5-1 lead became a 6-5 disadvantage. Miley recorded five outs, all on strikeouts, but gave up six runs on six hits.
“It was terrible. It’s embarrassing for that to happen. I flat-out stunk. Everything I threw was in the middle and to a team like that., they’re not expecting to miss,” Miley said.
“I made a lot of mistakes over the middle of the plate. Even if I had strikeouts. A lot of fastballs, trying to get ahead. But they were just middle-cut and those guys drove them. Then again, that’s on me. I’ve got to set a better tempo than that. And then the offense picked me up in the first inning scoring the five obviously. And then I give it right back. That can’t happen. You can’t ruin games like that.”
Miley’s plight was understood by his former teammate in Arizona Mark Trumbo.
“I’ve been through it personally, so I know what he’s going through. In-season trades are extremely difficult. He’s doing the best he can to get acclimated. I’m not making excuses for him. He’s probably not quite adjusted yet, and until he kind of feels at home, it’s tough to go out there. He’s going to battle. He’s going to give it what he has, and we’re always there for him,” Trumbo said.
Miley is scheduled to start again Wednesday at Nationals Park where he has an 0.92 ERA in three starts. He hopes for improvement.
“It’s frustrating. It’s embarrassing for me. I know I’m better than this. I got to make some adjustments. We still have a month and a half to go. We are right there in this thing, but I got to go out and give us a chance. That’s just unacceptable. I got to be better,” Miley said.
Adam Jones led off the bottom of the first with his 24th home run of the season off Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh. It was his fourth leadoff home run of the season.
After Hyun Soo Kim singled, Manny Machado hit his 28th home run of the season, and a pitch later, Chris Davis hit his 28th, and his fourth in the last three games.
Mark Trumbo, who leads the majors in home runs, hit his 36th, and the Orioles led 5-1, and then things went south.
“It’s not ideal. That game could have gone a few different ways, unfortunately it got away from us,” Trumbo said.
The Orioles (67-54) last had a lead at 7-6.
Houston (62-60) had five RBIs from Jose Altuve and four hits by George Springer.
Jimenez (5-10) gave up three runs on three hits in three innings.
Chris Devenski (2-4), allowed just one hit in four innings, a fifth-inning home run by Pedro Alvarez that cut the Astros lead to 9-8, but then Houston pulled away with six unanswered runs.
A night before, the Orioles scored 13 runs, and the Astros looked sorry.
“Our guys turn the page very quickly, just like their team did before tonight's game. You can't sit there and live in that world. If you do, you're going to have it happen again and again and again. That's why our guys have been engaged in this division because they don't do that,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Mike Fiers (8-6, 4.66) faces Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46) on Saturday night.