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Jimenez gives up six runs as Orioles lose to Tigers

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Jimenez gives up six runs as Orioles lose to Tigers

BALTIMORE – Perhaps the most challenging road trip of the season awaits. The Orioles play nine games in Oakland, Los Angeles and Seattle after winning five of seven on their homestand.

Their week at home didn’t end the way they wanted it to. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs, and they lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-1 before 33,381 at Oriole Park on Sunday.

“I've moved onto Oakland. If you go in there and ask our guys would they have taken that before we got here, no, they were shooting for all seven,” manager Buck Showalter said. “That's the way you play, just like the road trip. We know the reality of the math, the way it usually works but we did some things good, some things we have to be better at, we'll stay engaged in this and we have a challenging trip ahead of us.”

In their first two games against the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles scored eight runs in each game, recording a huge comeback win, and nearly completing another.

No such luck on Sunday.

“They're a good offensive team and we didn't pitch particularly well,” Showalter said.

For the second straight start, Jimenez started out shakily, giving up a three-run home run to his fifth batter, J.D. Martinez. But unlike his previous start when he allowed a two-run home run in the first inning and then threw six hitless innings, Jimenez had an awful fifth inning.

“It’s always bad every time you give up runs in the first inning, because you’re putting the team in a bad spot. You’re putting the other pitcher [in a situation where] he’s comfortable on the mound because he has a lead. It’s part of the game. I have to find out a way to get rid of those innings because I’ve been struggling with that in my last three or four games,” Jimenez said.

After Martinez’s home run, his 29th of the season, Jimenez (8-7) retired 12 straight until Rajai Davis doubled to right. Nolan Reimold’s relay throw hit Jonathan Schoop, and Davis wound up on third on the error.

Davis scored on Anthony Gose’s single. Gose stole second and third and scored on Jose Igelesias’ triple, which was misplayed by Adam Jones in center field. After Ian Kinsler’s single scored Iglesias, Jimenez was done and replaced by Jorge Rondon.

Jimenez allowed six runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. In two starts against Detroit (51-54) since the All-Star break, he gave up 13 runs in 9 1/3 innings.

“They have a pretty good lineup and they make adjustments. If you go away, they’re going to try to hit the ball the other way. I think a lot of their guys who hit for power, they can find the holes. They hit the ball where nobody it most of the time,” Jimenez said.

Daniel Norris, who was obtained by the Tigers on Thursday in the David Price trade, allowed only a home run to Chris Davis in the fourth inning. It was the only run scored by the Orioles (53-51).

Davis has 26 home runs and 72 RBIs this season, the same numbers he had in all of 2014.

“Last year, I had the oblique early on, something that really bothered me all the way to the offseason, and I didn’t realize it, really the impact that it had on me until the middle of this year when I was able to start driving pitches to all fields like I had in previous years,” Davis said.

In the seventh, Gose singled with one out, and advanced two bases on a wild pitch, but was thrown out trying to score after Iglesias flied to center.

Rondon, who was optioned to Norfolk to make room for Tyler Wilson, threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his Orioles debut. Wilson will start in place of Chris Tillman on Monday.

Showalter was impressed with Norris (2-1) during spring training. He certainly didn’t enjoy his work. After Davis’ home run, Norris retired 12 straight until Schoop’s single with one out in the eighth.

Norris allowed one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings.

“These are the type of guys you get back for David Price, OK? And it's kind of like the type of guys you give up to get Andrew Miller,” Showalter said. “He's good. He's got a chance to be a good pitcher for them. The guy they gave up is right now. That's the way it works."

NOTES: Gerardro Parra and J.J. Hardy saw their 15-game hitting streaks end. … Rondon is the 1,001st player in Orioles franchise history. … The Orioles open a three-game series in Oakland. Wilson (1-1, 2.12) will face Jesse Chavez (5-10, 3.53) on Monday night.

[MORE: Hardy may go unnoticed by fans, but not by Buck Showalter]

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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