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Kansas City's Moustakas has 9 RBIs in 14-6 Orioles loss


Kansas City's Moustakas has 9 RBIs in 14-6 Orioles loss

BALTIMORE –- The Orioles bullpen has been a strength this year. It wasn’t on Saturday.

Failing to hold a 4-1 lead, the Orioles bullpen allowed 10 runs as the Kansas City Royals scored five runs in both the sixth and seventh and lost 14-6 in front of what remained of 35,439 at Oriole Park.

The game was delayed by just over three hours at the start, and perhaps have those who were there when the game was scheduled to begin were there at 4:07 p.m., when it actually did.

Mike Moustakas set a Royals record with nine RBIs on a grand slam home run, a two-run shot and a two-run single.

“Moustakas got a couple of big hits for them. What did he have, seven RBIs? Nine…That’s a pretty good month-or week. What did we score?...Not enough,” J.J. Hardy said.

The nine RBIs equal the most the Orioles had ever given up. New York’s Danny Tartabull had nine on Sept. 8, 1992.

Buck Showalter’s normally reliable bullpen gave up 10 runs. On Friday night, they allowed four runs.

“We didn't pitch well out of the pen obviously. A couple of games, I'm being nice when I say they weren't crisp. Both of them,” Showalter said. “But our grounds crew did a great job.”

Manny Machado singled with one out in the first off Yordano Ventura. Chris Davis was hit by a pitch and Adam Jones reached on an infield single. Gerardo Parra’s sacrifice fly to right scored Machado.

Kansas City tied it in the second when Chris Tillman walked Eric Hosmer. Kendrys Morales grounded into what appeared to be a double play, but after a replay challenge, Hosmer was ruled safe at second. He scored on Salvador Perez’s single to left.

Machado led off the third with a single. Davis walked, and Adam Jones hit his 26th home run of the year to center for a 4-1 lead.

The first five-run inning, gave Kansas City (84-57) a 6-4 lead in the sixth.

Alex Gordon walked. Ben Zobrist singled. Lorenzo Cain hit into a force at second. Eric Hosmer tapped a single to left to cut the lead to 4-2.

Brian Matusz (1-4) walked Morales, and allowed a two-run single to Moustakas that tied the score at 4.

Tillman allowed four runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

“They're pitchable. They've got a great lineup. They're very baseball smart. They hit the ball to what you give them. You throw the ball away, they're going to try to hit it away. You throw it in and they're going to try to pull it. That's what good teams do,” Tillman said.

Chaz Roe gave up a two-run single to Perez, and Kansas City led 6-4.

The Orioles (68-73) loaded the bases in the sixth against Ventura. He hit Machado in the hip, and Ryan Madson replaced him. Davis struck out to end the inning.

Ventura (11-8) gave up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Royals scored five more in the seventh on Cain’s RBI double and Moustakas’ grand slam off T.J. McFarland to make it 11-4.

“They’re an aggressive team. They’re going to swing and with my sinker they were finding some holes early. With Moustakas, he obviously had a big day too. He got a hold of the slider. Bad pitch to a good hitter. That’s what happens,” McFarland said.

Nolan Reimold hit a two-run home run in the eighth. Hardy, who broke an 0-for-15 slump with a double, scored on the homer.

Moustakas’ three-run shot off Steve Johnson extended the lead to 14-6.

After Friday night’s theatrics, where Davis was drilled, the Orioles were hit three times: Davis, Jones and Machado.

“None of it was intentional today,” Showalter said. ”No one likes to see that, but you got to take it, unlike some teams who you run into--you take it as it really is and as reality is and don’t get involved in all the drama people want to put into something that’s not there.”

NOTES: According to STATS LLC, Davis has been hit by pitches in three straight games, equaling an Orioles record held by four others. Frank Robinson (1966), Chris Hoiles (1996), Brady Anderson (1996) and Adam Jones (2014) share the record. . …U.S. Little League champion Red Land from Lewisberry, Pa. was honored on the field before the game. … Wei-Yin Chen (8-7, 3.48) faces Johnny Cueto (9-11, 3.24) on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN. … The 3:02 delay was the longest here since Aug. 11, 2012 when there was a delay of 3:09. … The Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs eight times this year. They’ve scored 10 or more six times.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes


Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.