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Orioles take a L against pitcher they sold back in April

Orioles take a L against pitcher they sold back in April

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It looked like a nothing move. A player the Baltimore Orioles had no plans for, going to the Los Angeles Angels as maybe some emergency rotation filler.

Only right-hander Parker Bridwell has proven to be much more than that and Tuesday night, the Orioles got to witness the newfound success of the pitcher they simply sold to the Angels back in mid-April.

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Bridwell threw seven strong innings, leading the Angels to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles to snap a Baltimore three-game winning streak.

Bridwell (6-1) allowed one run. He gave up six hits without walking a batter, striking out four. The Angels are 10-1 in games he's started.

"When you're playing against your old team and know all the guys, it can be a distraction," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

"Parker is very level headed. He has great poise. I think he treated it as just another generic team."

Jeremy Hellickson (7-6) matched Bridwell early. He had retired 10 straight in the 1-1 game when the Angels chased him with four consecutive hits in the seventh.

Luis Valbuena doubled in the go-ahead run and C.J. Cron singled in another. Cron had opened the game's scoring in the second. After Andrelton Simmons singled and stole second, Cron lined an RBI hit to left.

"I thought (Hellickson) deserved a better fate," said catcher Caleb Joseph. "He was really cruising there. Then he just kind of lost his bite on a couple pitches. It just all happened at once."

Joseph drove in both of Baltimore's runs.

The Orioles tied it at 1-1 in the fifth. Tim Beckham singled, took third on a double by Seth Smith and scored on Joseph's single, putting runners on the corners with no outs.

But Smith mistakenly broke for home on a grounder to third and was easily thrown out. Bridwell struck out Adams Jones and got Manny Machado to line out to Mike Trout for the third out.

"It was big to minimize the damage," Bridwell said. "It always feels good."

Rookie right-hander Keynan Middleton gave up a solo home run in the ninth to Joseph but was able to collect his first career save. He refused to talk to the media after the game.

Meanwhile, Bridwell is finding a new lease on his professional life after spending six years mostly with Baltimore's farm teams. Even when it means pitching against former teammates.

"At the end it was a little sweeter," Bridwell said. "But I just tried to execute it like a regular start."

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0