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Davis' 13th inning single ends Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox

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Davis' 13th inning single ends Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox

BALTIMORE – Chris Davis had one thought as he stood at the plate with the winning run on third and none out.

“Don’t strike out. That’s what I told myself,” Davis said. “No, I was just looking for a pitch over the plate to get it in the infield or through the infield.”

Davis didn’t strike out, but he did line a ball past a drawn-in Boston Red Sox infield, and celebrated as Gerardo Parra trotted home with the winning run.

The Orioles had somehow come up with a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in 13 innings in front of what remained of 21,260 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Boston used nine pitchers, and after Manny Machado hit a home run in the fifth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead, seven relievers combined to allow just one hit, Jonathan Schoop’s ninth inning infield single, until the 13th.

Parra walked off Jonathan Aro (0-1) to start the 13th. Manny Machado singled Parra to third. Robbie Ross, the ninth Boston (68-76) pitcher came on to face Davis, who lined a single on a 2-1 pitch into right-center.

“A lot of times in those situations you get caught trying to do too much, I was trying to not do too much. Even though the first swing I took I almost fell down, it kind of set me up for the next swing,” Davis said.

Manager Buck Showalter lauded Parra for taking the extra base.  

“I thought one of the key plays was Parra going from first to third there. That's a baseball player play and that's something you can't equivocate with analytics or anything. That's just a baseball player making a play, knowing they're playing deep with no doubles and ball taking him away from his target on glove side. It's a tough throw,” Showalter said.

Chaz Roe (3-2), the seventh Orioles pitcher, threw a scoreless 13th for the win.

Showalter used Darren O’Day and Zach Britton for the third straight day as the Orioles (71-73) won their third straight game and their sixth of seven.

“It's that time. You do things all through the year so when you get to September you can push the envelope a little bit,” Showalter said.

It’s highly unlikely he’ll use Britton and O’Day on Thursday and will likely stay away from Brad Brach, who pitched in his second straight game.

With two additional pitchers, Oliver Drake and Tyler Wilson, called up before Tuesday’s game, he has five relievers: Drake, Wilson, Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland and Jorge Rondon, who didn’t pitch Tuesday.

The Orioles have won three straight series for the first time since late June, and are 5 ½ games behind Houston, which fell out of first place in the AL West, for the final wild card spot.

“After the long slide that we had where we just couldn’t put anything together or do anything right, a couple of the wins that we’ve had lately against the teams that we’ve been playing have kind of rejuvenated the team,” Davis said.

“Obviously at this time of the year, you know what’s at stake. You know that you have to be almost perfect. That in itself kind of gives us a jolt and we’ve been playing well.”

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs on six hits in five innings. He couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead, and allowed three runs in the fifth.

“It’s a little bit disappointing because I only threw five innings, so it’s never good when you do that, but the good thing is that we won the game. That’s why whatever I did doesn’t matter right now. It’s all about the team,” Jimenez said.

Joe Kelly, who had won eight straight starts left in the third inning with tightness and fatigue in his right shoulder.

The Orioles scored four runs in the third. Steve Pearce hit a two-run home run.

In the fifth, the Red Sox scored three runs to tie the score at 4, but the Orioles overturned a safe call on Pablo Sandoval at third to end the inning.

Machado hit his 28th home run in the fifth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Shaw led off the eighth with a home run off Brian Matusz, his 11th to tie the score at 5. Showalter seems to like when his team doesn’t get noticed.

“I like the part when you get noticed at the end when you're playing in the playoffs,” Showalter said. “You get a little crispness back in the air, and it reminds everybody what fall baseball is like. We still feel like it's there for us if we can get the momentum needed.”

NOTES: Henry Owens (2-2, 5.25) faces Mike Wright (2-4, 5.45) on Wednesday. … Reading beat Bowie 3-1 in the first game of the Eastern League championship.

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Showalter confirmed the dismissal Wednesday in a text message to The Associated Press.

A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles' career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver. He took over in August 2010 and orchestrated the resurgence of a team that suffered through 14 straight losing seasons.

Once hailed for making baseball in Baltimore relevant again, the 62-year-old Showalter is out of a job after a season in which the Orioles finished 47-115, 61 games behind Boston in the AL East. His contract expired at the end of October, and the Orioles opted against a renewal as they continue a major rebuild that began in late July, when they traded stars Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman for minor league prospects.

Those deals were made by Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations, whose future with the organization is up in the air.

Showalter earned AL Manager of the Year honors in 2014 after taking the Orioles to the AL East title and a berth in the Championship Series. He was also named Manager of Year with the Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004. His career record is 1,551-1,517, including 669-684 with Baltimore.

"I just think ever since he came here, the franchise just gained a little more accountability, gained an edge for some time," Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said before the final game of the season. "It's the end of an era. A great manager, a great tenure. I don't know if he's going to coach or manage again, but he's got grandchildren. Go golf. Relax and go sit on the golf course."

With his future in doubt, Showalter appeared undaunted during the final series of the regular season.

"You know how good they've been to me? I'm not ever going to forget that, regardless of what happens," he said.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was asked before his team's playoff game against the Yankees on Wednesday night whether Showalter was victimized by the trend toward analytics.

"I don't think Buck was a guy that ignored analytics," Melvin said. "I think it was probably a combination of how they did this year and maybe some relationships."

After the Orioles brought Showalter out of retirement, he offered renewed hope by fashioning a 34-23 finish in 2010 for a team that was 32-73 upon his arrival.

Baltimore ended a 14-year playoff drought in 2012, advancing to the AL Division Series following a victory over Texas in the wild-card game. Playoff appearances in 2014 and 2016 followed.

Last year, however, the Orioles fell to 75-87 after losing 19 of their final 23 games. Baltimore hoped the addition of starters Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner would enable the team to be a contender this year, but a horrid start quickly dispelled that notion.

The Orioles' deficit in the AL East reached double digits by April 18 and they were 8-27 on May 8. By the end of July, Baltimore fully entered rebuilding mode, leaving Showalter with the dubious distinction of overseeing a team that finished with the poorest record in the majors and one that surpassed the 1939 St. Louis Browns for most losses in franchise history.

Showalter never offered an excuse. He just grinded forward, working to prepare the team for 2019 even though he knew he might not be around to follow through.

At the outset of a season-ending series against Houston, Showalter was asked if he was thinking these might be his final days in the Baltimore dugout.

"We all have some private thoughts and emotions about that, but I don't think it serves the organization well for me to be worried about that right now," he said. "We've got some things to do these last four games that need to get done."

Showalter has a reputation as a no-nonsense manager, but his players appreciated his baseball knowledge and skill at handling a team. He made a point of talking to each of them on a regular basis, almost always offering encouragement.

"He gave me a chance," said catcher Caleb Joseph, who played six-plus years in the minors before arriving in Baltimore. "He believed in me in 2014, ran me out there and gave me a chance to be part of a championship team. He's really vouched for me ever since. I owe a lot to Buck and his loyalty. He's been a main figure here for a long time."

Sensing the end was near for the only big league manager he had ever played for, first baseman Trey Mancini said: "It's been an absolute honor to play for Buck. He's been incredible."

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

The Boston Red Sox broke a 106-year-old franchise record with their 106th victory on Monday night, clinching home-field advantage through the postseason by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 thanks to a pair of hits from major league batting leader Mookie Betts.

Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless Orioles batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far. For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and mostly likely Oakland.

The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.

The Orioles (45-111) became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60 games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It's the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.

Boston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts' two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.

Betts also singled and scored in Boston's two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs scored. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.

Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.

FOR STARTERS

Six days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. "I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don't know when," Showalter said.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night's game. ... INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.

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