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Orioles run drought continues as they drop third straight

Orioles run drought continues as they drop third straight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – That seven-game winning streak to start the season seems so long ago now.

Since then, the Orioles have lost eight of 12 games, and now have dropped consecutive series and three straight for the first time this season.

On Tuesday night, the Orioles hit into three double plays in a disheartening 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 10,988 at Tropicana Field.

“The difference was we couldn't get anything to find a spot to fall in,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I think the key to the game was them defensively. We hit four balls on the button that they defended. That’s a tribute to them. Would have liked to create a couple opportunities we could cash in on. But they did, too.

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs in six innings, but it was hardly good enough.

Kevin Kiermaier hit an 0-2 pitch by Jimenez for a two-run home run in the sixth, and that was enough for the Orioles to lose.

“It’s hard when you give up a home run and lose a game because of one bad pitch. 0-2, I just wanted to go up and in. I didn’t want to throw anything close to the zone, but I left it right in,” Jimenez said.

Enny Romero (1-0) got the win in relief of Jake Odorizzi as the Orioles continued to flail away at bat. They’ve scored just two runs in the last 27 innings.

In the second inning, Mark Trumbo singled with one out and J.J. Hardy followed with a double, but runners stayed on second and third as Pedro Alvarez struck out and Jonathan Schoop flied to center.

Chris Davis led off the fourth by flicking an opposite field double to left. Davis scored on Trumbo’s single to left. While Trumbo took second on the throw home, Hardy walked and Alvarez singled to load the bases.

Schoop popped to short, and Caleb Joseph hit into a double play, ending what could have been a most productive inning for the Orioles (11-8).

“Bases loaded, we need to score some runs there and take a little bit of pressure off Ubaldo. He had some high-stress innings. We’ve got to execute a little better in that situation. More times than not this season we have. Me personally, we’ve got to pick it up. We’ve got to get that run in. Multiple runs,” Joseph said.

Tampa Bay (10-10) wasted plenty of scoring chances, too. Logan Forsythe led off the first with a double, moved to third on Jimenez’s wild pitch. After Brad Miller grounded out to first, Evan Longoria grounded sharply to short. Hardy’s throw to home nailed Forsythe.

In the second, the Rays had second and third with one out, but again were thwarted by Jimenez (1-2).

They scored in the third after they had second and third with none out, but Adam Jones’ running catch on Desmond Jennings’ fly ball limited the damage to a run.

Once the Rays took the lead, Schoop and Jones hit into double plays with none out in the seventh and eighth.

Jimenez’s start was for naught thanks to Kiermaier.

“It just [stinks] for a guy to put in a performance like that and keep grinding and grinding and to one pitch dictate it and usually that’s what happens. He’s a pesky hitter. He’s got just enough pop to scare you a little bit, so I thought Ubaldo did a really nice job getting out of those jams for sure. He gave us some length today. It was unfortunate. He deserved a W today,” Joseph said.

Alex Colome got the final two outs in the ninth for his fifth save.

“It hasn’t been easy for me the last three games. Every inning, I have to work hard to get out of the inning, but I’ve been able to battle. I haven’t given up. I find a way to get back and get the next hitter out,” Jimenez said. “A game like that, I’m going to be able to win it, but right now we haven’t been able to score a lot of runs, but we have a pretty good lineup and one of these days, they’re going to start doing what everybody’s expecting.”

NOTES: The Orioles have been held to one run or fewer in three straight games for just the second time in four seasons. … Since starting the season by hitting in 16 straight games, Manny Machado is 0-for-13. …The Orioles had gone 13 straight games without a quality start before Jimenez’s. … … Alvarez has consecutive games with two hits. … The Orioles have lost consecutive series for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2015. … Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.42) faces Matt Moore (1-1, 3.60) on Wednesday night.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.

Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.

Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.

Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.