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Big inning dooms Orioles in 6-4 loss

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Big inning dooms Orioles in 6-4 loss

GAME SUMMARY: Evan Gattis had a three-run home run and Luis Valbuena followed with a solo shot to highlight a five-run third inning to give the Houston Astros a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Collin McHugh (6-2) allowed four runs to the Orioles (23-28) in the second, but the Astros (33-20) answered with the five-run inning off Mike Wright (2-1).

Gregerson picked up his 15th save.

McHugh and Pat Neshek held the Orioles hitless for six innings. Luke Gregerson allowed one hit in ninth and picked up his 15th save.

THE GOOD: Manny Machado turned a nifty double play on Marwin Gonzalez to end the second. On Monday night, Gonzalez turned a most difficult DP on the Orioles.

THE BAD: After three strong starts, Wright allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings.

THE UGLY: Travis Snider forgot how many outs there were in the fifth inning. He took off from first on Adam Jones’ fly ball to center and was easily doubled off to end the inning.

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NOTABLE: The Orioles have three losing streaks of at least four games.

STRUGGLING: With the loss, the Orioles are five games below .500 for the first time this year.

OUCH: J.J. Hardy had an MRI to check on his left oblique. He missed his second straight game.

WEIRD: Preston Tucker’s ground ball took a strong hop over Steve Pearce at second, helping set up the big inning.

TRIPLING: For the second straight game, Ryan Flaherty had an RBI triple.

SCORELESS: Reliever Chaz Roe threw two more scoreless innings. Since joining the Orioles late last month, Roe has pitched 9 1/3 innings without giving up a run.

REHAB: Matt Wieters was scheduled to catch Bud Norris in Norfolk on Tuesday night, but it was rained out. They’ll try again on Wednesday.

COMING UP: Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.48) faces Lance McCullers (1-0, 2.40) on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m.

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 

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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."

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