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Orioles' win streak ends with bad outing by Darren O'Day

Orioles' win streak ends with bad outing by Darren O'Day

BALTIMORE—Darren O’Day couldn’t contain his anger. He struck out his first two batters in the eighth inning and thought he had J.D. Martinez struck out for the third out. But, first base umpire Mark Wegner ruled it was a checked swing, and one pitch later, Martinez hit a home run to center, tying the score. 

On the next pitch, Miguel Cabrera followed with his sixth home run to left, and suddenly, the Orioles were behind.

The Orioles’ seven-game winning streak ended with a 6-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers before 37,890 shocked fans at Oriole Park.

O’Day, who is rarely sought after in the postgame scrum except on the rare occasions he doesn’t do his job. This time, he said it was Wegner who didn’t do his.

“It was a good pitch. I tried to get him to swing at it and I did. Mark Wegner absolutely embarrassed himself. I have a great relationship with a lot of umpires. Some I consider friends. They have a tough job. It’s a judgment call. But that was pretty egregious. You look at all the replays, it’s a swing,” O’Day said. 

“It’s strike three. I was heading to the dugout. It’s tough to be an umpire, man. It’s a tough job, but you’ve got to be better than that. I’ll take the loss. I blew it. The pitch to Cabrera was especially bad. That’s not like me. I’m pretty collected out there. I’ll take that loss. It’s under my name in the box score, but that was terrible, terrible.”

O’Day, who is the Orioles’ player representative, likely will face a fine for publicly criticizing Wegner. 

On the 2-2 pitch, home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg asked for help from Wegner, and that’s where the trouble started.

“Hitters [who are] that good don’t need extra chances. And I like that he checked. I appreciate that Jeff didn’t call it, because that’s what the first-base umpire is supposed to be watching. Games like that, assumed Zach [Britton] does what he normally does in the ninth inning, that’s a win and a series sweep against a really good team. …It cost us,” O’Day said. 

O’Day (2-1) inherited a 5-4 lead and ended with a rare loss. 

The Orioles (23-13) have big thoughts about this year, and they’re taking losses personally. 

“A lot of times stuff like that happens. Umpiring is a tough job. It’s happened to me before, and I’ve gotten out of it before, and now I look petulant, whiny because I’m complaining about it, but there’s no accountability, and that costs games. If we lose the division by one game, there’s no telling what that costs,” O’Day said. 

O’Day is one of manager Buck Showalter’s favorites, and he defended him. This was the first time O’Day had given up back-to-back homers, and the first time since July 2, 2011 when he was with Texas.

“It’s unusual because he’s such a good pitcher. He has been and will be. It’s more unusual to see the swing called a no-swing. I’m surprised the home plate umpire didn’t call it. It was that obvious,” Showalter said. 

Warwick Saupold (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to win his first major league game in just his second appearance. Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his ninth save. 

Cabrera’s first inning double gave Detroit a 1-0 lead.

The Orioles scored three runs in the first on Adam Jones’ RBI double and Jonathan Schoop’s two-run single. 

Justin Upton started the second with a single and scored on Steven Moya’s triple. 

Kinsler’s leadoff home run in the fourth tied it at 3, and Detroit took a 4-3 lead on James McCann’s RBI single in the fifth.

Manny Machado homered to right-center in the fifth, his 11th of the season, a two-run homer and the Orioles were ahead 5-4. 

Gausman allowed a career high 10 hits and four runs in five innings. He hoped to pick up his first win of the year, but it was O’Day who was on his mind.

“He obviously swung at that pitch. Being inside and watching it on TV, that’s one of those things that [stinks}, but that’s the game. He’s been great for us and will continue to be great for us. That’s more rare than anything,” Gausman said. 

O’Day isn’t one to keep his feelings inside, and he knows that a fine is probably coming. 

“I’m trying to pitch. He’s trying to umpire. Somebody dropped the ball today. I consequently dropped the ball after that. When you think you’ve got three strikeouts heading back to the dugout, the pitch that Martinez hit out wasn’t a bad pitch. I’m not too frustrated by that. He’s a really good hitter. He doesn’t need extra chances. The pitch to Cabrera was terrible,” O’Day said. 

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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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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.