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


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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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


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."