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Jimenez gives up seven as Orioles lose again


Jimenez gives up seven as Orioles lose again

NEW YORK –- These are desperate times for the Orioles. They got swept in Yankee Stadium for the first time in more than five years. They’ve trailing New York by seven games in the AL East, and they’re not hitting.

“Our guys will punch back,” manager Buck Showalter vows.

They better start soon.

The Orioles (46-48) are two games below .500 for the first time since June 10, and those 18 wins in 23 games last month seems long ago and far away.

Now, their skid is 14 losses in 19 games after their 9-3 loss to the Yankees before 46,875 on Thursday.

“We’re not disappointed or frustrated. We got beat. Stop crying. That’s what I’m sick and tired of, man. Stop crying. Nobody in the clubhouse crying. We got beat. It’s a very good team over there. Go to Tampa and do what we’ve gotta go. There’s 60-some, 70-some games left. Nobody’s crying, man,” Adam Jones said.

Jones had a difficult series here, going just 2-for-12, as the Orioles offense sputtered.

“We didn't do the things we needed. It's frustrating,” Showalter said.

After the All-Star break, the Orioles won two of three against the Tigers and then, three losses here.

“The season doesn't stop and the challenges don't end. There's another challenge around every corner and that's what professionals have to do at this level is put the good things like Detroit behind them and the bad things that happened here,” Showalter said.

For the first half of the season, Ubaldo Jimenez could be depended upon to deliver a solid performance.

Something’s happened to him in the second half.

In his two starts since the All-Star break, Jimenez (7-6) has allowed 14 runs in seven innings. He had an awful first inning, giving up four runs as New York (52-41) batted around. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Jimenez struck out Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran flied to short left.

Chase Headley hit a long double to center, scoring three. Headley took third on a throw home, and scored on Didi Gregorius’ single to right.

“I put myself in trouble. I walked two guys and then I got two huge outs, and I didn’t get out of the inning,” Jimenez said.

It was the second straight rocky first inning for an Orioles starter. On Wednesday night, Kevin Gausman allowed three runs in the first.

Chris Davis homered to lead off the second, his 21st of the season. He homered in his last at-bat on Wednesday night.

Ellsbury got the run back in the second, leading off with his third of the season, and in the third, Jimenez was done.

“I was falling behind in the count. I kept throwing in the fat part of the plate, missing a lot right down the middle, and they took advantage of that,” Jimenez said.

With one out Gregorius singled. John Ryan Murphy singled, too, and Gregorius scored on Stephen Drew’s double.

Tommy Hunter replaced Jimenez, whose line was seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. It equaled Jimenez’s shortest start with the Orioles.

“His command's been bothering him a little bit. He's been wild in the strike zone. It's not like he's walking a bunch of people. He's a pitch away from getting out of that first inning and we're on our way, but he got a fastball right on the center of the plate to Headley and he paid a price. We just haven't swung the bats very well, either. They pitched well but it's been a combination of both,” Showalter said.

Hunter retired all five batters he faced, and Bud Norris gave up a two-run double to Ellsbury in the fifth to give New York a 9-1 lead.

The Orioles (46-48), who are two games under .500 for the first time since June 10, did little against Masahiro Tanaka (7-3).

Tanaka pitched 7 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked none. Davis was the only baserunner to reach in the first five innings. Besides his home run, he hit a fly ball to Gardner that he didn’t come close to catching for a two-base error in the fourth.

Jimmy Paredes doubled with one out in the sixth. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado homered in the eighth, the sixth for Hardy, and the 21st for Machado.

Jimenez says the clubhouse isn’t happy, but the team must press on.

“It’s not good. We came over here looking forward to winning the series, trying to keep it close, and then we lost three games. It’s hard, but we have to keep going,” Jimenez said.

COMING UP: Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.96) faces Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Tampa Bay.

MORE ORIOLES: Chris Davis is switching positions -- again

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5


Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."

Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."

After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.'"

Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."

In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."

The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"Textbook," Showalter said.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."

Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.


Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.


Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.


Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.

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Orioles unable to punch in final run late against Rangers


Orioles unable to punch in final run late against Rangers

BALTIMORE -- Ryan Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cole Hamels (5-8) won for the first time in almost a month, allowing four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a matchup of last-place teams.

Rua broke a 1-1 deadlock with the first pinch-hit of his career, off rookie Tanner Scott. Nomar Mazara added an RBI double later that inning, which made it 5-1 and boosted Scott's ERA from 5.88 to 6.84 over 26 appearances.

Baltimore pulled within a run on Caleb Joseph's three-run double against reliever Jose Leclerc in the bottom half of the inning. The Orioles loaded the bases in the eighth but Jake Diekman got out of the jam by getting Chris Davis on a short pop out.

Keone Kela got the last three outs for his 23rd save.

The Orioles have lost 17 of 20 and fell to 14-33 at Camden Yards, the second-worst home mark in the majors behind Kansas City.

Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead when he led off the fifth with a home run off Alex Cobb (2-12). The Orioles answered in the bottom half when Adam Jones hit a double just inside the left-field foul line and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia.

Cobb left his previous start against the Twins in the sixth inning with a blister on his right index finger. He did not appear hampered by the injury and allowed two runs and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings.