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Gonzalez, fielding both superb in Orioles 6-1 win


Gonzalez, fielding both superb in Orioles 6-1 win

BALTIMORE –- Miguel Gonzalez is at his best when pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays. After allowing just an unearned run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings, Gonzalez is 5-0 with an 0.98 ERA in his last six starts when facing the Blue Jays.

Gonzalez’s superb outing gave the Orioles a 6-1 win over Toronto before 24,654 on Wednesday night.

It was just the Orioles’ third win in in nine games over the Blue Jays (17-18) this season.

For seven innings it appeared that Gonzalez (4-2), who threw the last complete game for the Orioles (15-17) on Sept. 3, 2014, would thrown another. In one stretch, he retired 13 straight.

“Miggy doesn't shy away from a big stage,” manager Buck Showalter said. You go through your career and you've had a lot of people tell you you couldn't do something, he doesn't take a pitch for granted up here."

In their first 32 games, the Orioles played 29 against American League East opponents. Next comes a stretch where they’ll play out of their division in 21 of 24.

“Nobody is going to or will relax. You’ve seen the schedule. You’ve just seen people you’re going to face it seems, half the season,” Showalter said.

The Orioles scored five in the second. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy led off with walks off Aaron Sanchez. David Lough bunted them along, and both scored on Caleb Joseph’s double over third base.

Manny Machado’s double drove in Joseph, and Alejandro De Aza’s double scored Machado. After Sanchez (3-3) threw a wild pitch, De Aza scored as Jimmy Paredes beat out an infield hit.

In the third, Ezequiel Carrera was hit by a pitch, and Devon Travis singled to right. De Aza’s throw sailed to third base, and Travis took second. Josh Donaldson grounded to third and Machado made a nice pickup and dove toward the bag and tagged a leaning Carrera.

Machado, who declared “that wasn’t us,” after watching his team commit three errors on Tuesday night, ended the third by starting a 5-4-3 double play.

The snappy defense continued in the fourth when De Aza made a nice running catch on Edwin Encarnacion’s drive in right and Navarro snared Russell Martin’s liner.

“It's more what we're capable of. It was a good defensive night,” Showalter said.

Donaldson was the final Blue Jays baserunner until Kevin Pillar walked in the eighth. Ryan Goins singled, and after Danny Valencia struck out, Travis flied to right. Gonzalez walked Donaldson, and as the ball got away from Joseph for this second passed ball in as many nights, Pillar scored.

Gonzalez allowed five runs in four innings against the Yankees six days ago.

“My last outing wasn't the greatest, but this time around, I worked well and I worked hard and it paid off,” Gonzalez said.

Darren O’Day who has a running feud with Jose Bautista got him to tap out to the box, ending the inning. They ignored each other they left the field. O’Day picked up the save.

Rey Navarro homered to start the eighth, his first career homer.

“I just feel like it was something out of this world. That’s the dream coming true. Playing in the big leagues and then you hit your first career home run. It was great,” Navarro said.

Navarro, who was recalled on Tuesday when Ryan Flaherty was put on the disabled list, got his first postgame pie from Adam Jones.

“Yeah, it was a good one. And it tastes great,” Navarro said.

The Orioles get Thursday off and get to see their first AL West opponents of the season, the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

After two weeks of tumult and travel, Showalter thinks things are returning to what passes for normal.

“It was good to win a series in our first series at home after being gone forever, it seems like. Take a day tomorrow and start up against the Angels,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Hunter Harvey, the Orioles first round draft pick in 2013, had an MRI on his right elbow Wednesday.”It was pretty good news, all things considered, I thought. I know they're going to take some time off and we'll see if he wants to get a second opinion,” Showalter said. “He's not going to be throwing for a little while. He's going to take some time, but don't feel like there's anything else but rest prescribed at this point."

Showalter said Harvey is expected to pitch this season.

"There's nothing that we feel like requires surgery,” Showalter said.

Matt Wieters will catch nine innings in an extended spring game on Thursday. … Paredes has a 12-game hitting streak and Machado a 19-game on-base streak. … The Orioles had a season-high five doubles. … On Friday. Jered Weaver (1-4, 4.98) faces Wei-Yin Chen (1-1, 2.52).


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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."