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Bullpen loses it, Blue Jays move closer to title

BALTIMORE— In his first five starts to the Toronto Blue Jays, Chris Tillman gave up 31 runs in 18 innings. His sixth was a vast improvement, but the normally stout back end of the Orioles bullpen let him down.

Heading to the eighth, Tillman allowed just one run, and the Orioles had a two-run lead. Darren O’Day allowed an inherited run, and Brad Brad Brach gave up a run in the ninth, and the Orioles had their fourth straight loss.

Toronto’s 4-3 win over the Orioles before 19,093 at Oriole Park on Monday night, gave the Blue Jays a magic number of two to clinch the American League East.

If Toronto (91-65) beats the Orioles (76-80) on Tuesday and the Boston Red Sox again defeat the New York Yankees, the Blue Jays will have their first AL East title since 1993.

The Orioles have fallen into a third place tie with Boston and now must win their final six games for the fourth straight winning season.

“It's important for the Orioles to win a game every night regardless of what the consequences are. It's important for us every night to win a game. You don't think about the consequences of a loss,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“You try to do everything you can, We were very close tonight. Some good people for us who have done a good job for us, and some good people for them who have done a real good job. Tonight they did a little better job than we did.”


Edwin Encarnacion’s 36th home run, to start the second, was the the first Toronto run, and also the 10th homer Tillman gave up to Toronto. He’s allowed 10 in each of his 25 other starts.

Ryan Flaherty’s three-run home run off Marco Estrada in the second inning ended the Orioles’ scoreless streak at 29, four short of the 1957 club record.

Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop had one-out singles in the second, and Flaherty followed with a home run to left on Estrada’s first pitch.

It was Flaherty’s ninth of the season.

The Orioles had an awful weekend in Boston, suffering three straight shutouts, but after the second inning, they had just one hit, Wieters’ fourth-inning single.

Estrada, Brett Cecil and Roberto Osuna retired the final 17 Orioles hitters.

In their last four games, the Orioles have just 15 hits.

“Part of that is you have to credit the other guy who is on the mound. We’ve had some tough pitchers. Estrada was really pounding the zone. Anytime he wanted to throw a strike, he threw a strike,” Wieters said.

“A hundred pitches he threw but it wasn’t too high. Part of the credit goes to the other pitcher. The other thing is when you get a mistake, you have to do damage.”

Tillman allowed two singles in the fourth, but was helped out when Encarnacion hit into a double play.

Ryan Goins led off the eighth with a single, and after Justin Smoak grounded out, Darren O’Day relieved Tillman.

O’Day allowed consecutive singles by Ben Revere, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista to tie the score at three.

In 18 at-bats against Tillman, Bautista has four home runs and nine RBIs.

Tillman allowed two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He won’t have a winning record this season, but with perhaps one start left, Tillman hopes that his final starts can give him something positive to finish on.     

“It’s important. Everyone feels that way. Every time I get the ball I go out and try to do the best I can. I’m not doing anything different. I’m just getting results I want right now. I think that comes with making good pitches and I’d like to keep it going. But I don’t try and harder or any less any game I go out there,” Tillman said.

Estrada, who allowed three runs on four hits in 7 1/3, was relieved by Cecil (5-5) in the eighth. He recorded three outs.

Smoak’s slow roller to first scored pinchrunner Dalton Pompey in the ninth. Brach (5-3), who allowed hits to Dioner Navarro and Kevin Pillar to start the inning, had the loss.

“It’s always frustrating, especially when you do exactly what you want. You want them to hit a ground ball to first there, but they did just slowly enough to score the run,” Brach said.

Osuna recorded the final two outs for his 20th save.

NOTES: The Orioles have reached agreement with LHP Alex Wells, pending a physical and also signed RHP Mike Zouzalik from the independent St. Paul Saints. Zouzalik was 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 39 games. He’s also pitched in the Texas organization. ...Miguel Gonzalez (9-11, 4.85) returns from the disabled list to start on Tuesday night against Marcus Stroman (3-0, 1.89).


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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field