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Wright, Jimenez roughed up in Orioles' 13-3 loss

Wright, Jimenez roughed up in Orioles' 13-3 loss

BALTIMORE—Mike Wright paid the price for his awful performance against the Toronto Blue Jays. Earlier this month, Wright was sent down to Norfolk for a day without actually reporting, and given a reprieve because of an injury to Darren O’Day, did not get one this time. 

He allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings and was sent to Norfolk after the game. 

Ubaldo Jimenez, who was sent to the bullpen earlier this week after he imploded in Toronto, gave up five more in 2 1/3. 

The Orioles lost 13-3 to the Blue Jays before 38,306 at Oriole Park on Friday night. The 13 runs were the most runs they’ve allowed in 2016. 

Michael Saunders hit three home runs and drove in eight runs. 

Yovani Gallardo will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, and Wright was sent down to make room for him, and after the game manager Buck Showalter said that J.J. Hardy will be activated on Saturday as well. 

With Manny Machado’s suspension coming soon, Showalter has several issues to solve. 

“We have to make two spots tomorrow. At least two, maybe three. With Manny's looming departure it's tough to send out infielders and play with two guys on the bench, none of which are infielders. Pretty complicated. After each game, especially one like this, the chairs kind of move around,” Showalter said. 

Jimenez has nearly a season-and-a-half remaining on the four-year, $50 million contract he signed in 2014. 

While jettisoning Jimenez may be a popular move, the Orioles may not be ready for it yet. But, outings like Friday night may make it more palatable. 

Besides, the Orioles may need another rested reliever, and Jimenez isn’t ready for regular relief work. 

Wright (3-4) gave up three runs in a 37-pitch first inning. With one out, Josh Donaldson walked, Edwin Encarnacion singles, and l Saunders, who’s building a case as a possible All-Star, hit his first three run home run. 

The first four Orioles (38-28) reached in the bottom of the first off Aaron Sanchez, but only one scored. 

Adam Jones, Hyun Soo Kim and Manny Machado began the first with singles, and Jones scored. Chris Davis walked to load the bases, but Sanchez struck out Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez and got Jonathan Schoop on a grounder to short. 

Donaldson hit his 17th home run in the third for a 4-1 Toronto (39-31) lead. 

Trumbo’s RBI single made it 4-2 in the bottom of the third when Schoop’s pop to short right was caught by second baseman Darwin Barney who threw Machado out at the plate trying to score.

Showalter challenged the call, saying that Toronto’s Russell Martin had blocked the plate, but the call was upheld.

“That's not what beat us. We had some opportunities early in the game to score a lot of runs. Sanchez always had a strikeout there waiting. We got it back to 3-1 in two innings and didn't get much,” Showalter said. 

Wright’s assignment ended in a seven-run fourth, the most runs the Orioles have allowed in any inning this season. 

“I’m working harder than ever. When you’re working hard, and get those results, it’s tough,” Wright said. 

Wright said that getting two bad starts after a good one after his temporary reprieve was difficult.

“Absolutely. That’s when the hard work started. Got really good results at first and then ran into the Blue Jays twice,” Wright said.

“I threw some good pitches, threw some bad pitches. They hit them both.”
 
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer, and after Wright hit Ezequiel Carrera with a pitch, Jimenez replaced him and gave up a two-run triple to Donaldson, and Toronto had an 8-2 lead. 

Jimenez gave up Saunders’ second three-run home run of the evening, and the Orioles trailed by nine. 

Saunders hit a two-run home run off Jimenez in the sixth. He has 15 this season. 

“He was equipped to throw 100 pitches tonight and we were hoping,” Showalter said. Jimenez threw 62. 

Sanchez (6-2) allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. The Orioles made 17 consecutive outs before Ryan Flaherty hit his second home run of the year with two outs in the ninth.

NOTES: Davis has been named the Race Ambassador for the Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk to be held here on Aug. 6. He replaces Brian Matusz. … R.A. Dickey (4-7, 4.16) faces Gallardo (1-1, 7.00) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. 

 

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

BALTIMORE — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart. After Beckham's double, Anthony Santander singled to right and rookie Chance Sisco followed with an RBI double to make it 1-all.

Sanchez (1-1) got the victory, though, when Granderson hit a sidearmed fastball from Darren O'Day (0-1) over the right-field scoreboard. It was his first homer since signing as a free agent with Toronto this past offseason.

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Roberto Osuna got three straight outs for his fifth save. He became the youngest player in major league history (23 years, 62 days) with career 100 saves.

Orioles starter Andrew Cashner pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out six.

On almost any other night, that would have been good enough to get the win. But Cashner -- making his third start with Baltimore after signing as a free agent in February -- had to settle for matching zeroes with Sanchez.

The Blue Jays broke up the scoreless duel in the eighth with an unearned run on a throwing error by Santander on a single to right by Yangervis Solarte.

Toronto's defense helped keep the no-hitter in the early innings. Right fielder Steve Pearce and center fielder Kevin Pillar made leaping catches on deep fly balls, and second baseman Devon Travis raced into the outfield to snag a fifth-inning blooper by Beckham.

Until the eighth, Sanchez was in the running to join Dave Stieb as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters for Toronto. Stieb beat Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1990.