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On long day, Orioles scratch out 5-4 win


On long day, Orioles scratch out 5-4 win

BALTIMORE – It was nearly five hours between Orioles hits. Few of the 33,085 who were at Oriole Park when the game began were still there to see J.J. Hardy score Chris Davis with a single up the middle in the eighth.

After two rain delays, the Orioles head off to Miami after a grueling 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

“It was actually one of those games when you gain some experience, you kind of get on the plane feeling good about doing something that not just anybody can grind through. It was one of those games that we've been good at over the last three years,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“It’s just so easy to give in.”

The Orioles (18-20) didn’t have a hit between Jimmy Paredes’ single in the second and Davis’ infield single off Danny Farquhar (0-3).

After Steve Pearce grounded out, Davis took second and scored on Hardy’s single.

Hardy, who missed the first 25 games with a shoulder injury, doesn’t yet feel like himself.

“It's nice to get hits when you're feeling like I feel right now. Every day I'm making adjustments. I feel like one day I go up there with a different stance, next at-bat, you know, a different stance. I'm just trying to feel something that feels good and have something to work off of. So it's definitely nice getting hits when you're not feeling great,” Hardy said.

Tommy Hunter (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Zach Britton worked the ninth for his ninth save.

The game started 12 minutes late, but rain began falling not long into play. After 2 ½ innings with the Orioles leading 4-1, play was called and didn’t resume for two hours, five minutes.

Chris Tillman started and allowed a run on a hit. He walked three and struck out one in his three innings.

The rain cost Tillman a chance to break his career long four-game losing streak.

“It was a weird day all around,” Tillman said. “It was a frustrating day, but that’s selfish. We got a win today, and a series win, so you move on.”

Seattle (18-21) scored a run in the second on Welington Castillo’s sacrifice fly. That scored Nelson Cruz.

Brian Matusz took his place and struggled through the fourth, allowing a two-run bases-loaded single by Rickie Weeks to cut the lead to 4-3. Matusz gave up three hits and walked one, but did strike out three.

In the first, Manny Machado led off with a single. Paredes hit into a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on Delmon Young’s two-out single off J.A. Happ. Davis walked, and Pearce hit his first career grand-slam home run, his fourth, to left field.

Pearce had been swinging poorly, but now he’s starting to hit a little better. His average isn’t over .200 yet.

“It was great, considering how I’ve been swinging the bat lately. Hopefully, this gets me started on the right foot moving forward,” Hardy said.

Brad Brach entered in the fifth, and allowed a single to Robinson Cano. He struck out Cruz and Kyle Seager was caught looking. Seager was ejected from the game by home plate umpire John Tumpane.

In the sixth, Brach got the first two outs and walked Justin Ruggiano. Chris Taylor grounded to third, but Machado couldn’t come up with the ball and was charged with his ninth error of the season. Rickie Weeks flied to center, ending the inning.

T.J. McFarland allowed singles to Brad Miller and Cano to start the seventh. Cruz singled against Darren O’Day to load the bases with none out. Willie Bloomquist flied to short right. Castillo hit a foul pop near the first base stands that Davis snared, and after going 0-2 on Logan Morrison, walked him to score Miller and tie the score at 4.

In the end, it was a difficult, but satisfying win for the Orioles.

“It’s tough when you start a game and then you get to wait for an hour, just sitting around and not knowing what’s going on. We had to find some way to stay loose, but we did a good job of that. The pitchers did a great job and kept us in the ballgame and we pulled it out in the end,” Pearce said.

NOTES: Rey Navarro was unavailable because he had a tooth extracted. … Paredes ran his on-base streak to 18 games with the second-inning single. … Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 2.43) faces Henderson Alvarez (0-3, 6.23) as the Orioles begin a three-game series at Miami on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. … Bud Norris will pitch Game 1 of Norfolk’s doubleheader against Rochester on Friday. Norris is on the disabled list with bronchitis.


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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Hanser Alberto breaks up potential combined perfect game with 9th inning single

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The Orioles lost the series finale to the Rays Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but there was one silver lining from the matchup, and the silver lining was delivered by second baseman Hanser Alberto.

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For the first eight innings Sunday afternoon, none of the at-bats by the Orioles produced a hit, as Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. That was until the bottom of the ninth inning when O's second baseman Hansel Alberto decided that his ballclub would not be on the opposing side of history, and hit a single against the switch, breaking up what would have been the first combined perfect game in MLB history.

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The Baltimore Orioles became the latest MLB team to have plans to extend the protective netting all the way to the outfield foul pole lines in the lower sections, according to reports. 

This change appends the Orioles to a short list of Major League Baseball teams deciding to move in this direction, most notably, after the incident that occurred earlier this season in which Chicago Cubs' center fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball in Houston that struck and injured a young child in the stands. 

The young child suffered a suffered skull fracture and seizure. 

“We are currently working with our experts and partners toward finalizing plans to extend the protective netting at both of our ballparks even further to each foul pole,” team spokesman Greg Bader told the Baltimore Sun on Friday. “In an effort to ensure we implement the right plan for those attending games at both venues, we are performing due diligence and will implement the plan our experts recommend as soon as possible."

The Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates have also announced plans to extend their parks netting. 

The new netting will be installed at Camden Yards and at the Orioles’ Sarasota, Fla., spring training stadium “no later than the start of the 2020 season, if not at an earlier point in time,” the Baltimore Sun reported. 

Before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Orioles extended the netting to a few sections beyond the dugout due to a growing number of baseball fans around the league being injured by balls and bats.