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Machado hits and gets hit leading Orioles to 4-3 win over Nats

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Machado hits and gets hit leading Orioles to 4-3 win over Nats

WASHINGTON – Manny Machado couldn’t believe it. Two innings after he hit the home run that put the Orioles ahead by a run, Jonathan Papelbon threw his first pitch of his at-bat over his forehead. Two pitches later, Papelbon drilled him in the left shoulder and was immediately ejected.

Both benches emptied and stared each other down after home plate umpire Mark Ripperger threw Papelbon out.

Fortunately, nothing else came of it—except an exciting Orioles win that put them within four games of the wild card with 11 to play.

Machado’s two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the seventh propelled the Orioles to a 4-3 win over the Nationals before 27,991 at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

The Orioles (75-76) are four games behind Houston and also trail Minnesota by three and Los Angeles by 2 ½ for the final wild-card spot.

Machado kept his cool and didn’t engage with Papelbon, but was seething after the game.

“I mean a 10-year vet, with more than ten years in the game and he’s going to go out there and throw at somebody’s head,” Machado said.

"It’s something that’s uncalled for…It’s something that you don’t do. I expect more from a guy like that with the past that he has.”

Papelbon, the pitcher who allowed Robert Andino’s famous season-ending single in Sept. 2011, left the Red Sox. He’s watched from afar as Machado has become a lightning rod.

“I don’t necessarily think I’m being targeted. I’m going up there making good swings. If people are trying to hit me, it’s part of the game. I’m not worried about getting hit. I’ll take the hits. It’s part of the game. Pitchers out there, the ball can slip out of your hand, but when you throw at the head on first pitch right from the get-go. Then you throw a curveball and then you throw again at the head. That’s just [garbage]. It’s coward stuff. It’s just cowardly,” Machado said.

Papelbon, whose controversial acquisition by the Nationals, hasn’t been a popular or successful move, said he wasn’t throwing at Machado.

“They just said they deemed it intentional. They didn't give me any reason. I don't know if they have to give me a reason or not. But perception is reality. If Manny thinks I hit him, then that's what he thinks. I'm not going to sit here and go back and forth whether I did or whether I didn't, cause it doesn't matter. If he thinks I did, that's what he thinks,” Papelbon said.

“I don't know what's going through his mind right there. All I can tell you is I'm trying to go out there and pitch and do my thing out there, and that's all that really matters. Whether they want to get somebody tomorrow, that's up to them.”

Machado’s home run, his 30th, came with the Orioles behind 3-2.

J.J. Hardy led off the seventh with a double off Max Scherzer (12-12), and two outs later, Machado lined a home run that quickly flew to the left-center field seats.

“It’s one of the hardest balls I’ve hit all year and one of my hardest home runs. It was just a great swing I put on against one of the best in the game right now,” Machado said.

Chris Tillman, who hadn’t won in his last six starts, got the win. Tillman (10-11) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

“It was frustrating to begin with. I think the hitters let me know right away it wasn't good enough and I had to start making better pitches and we were able to do that and get to that point in the game where you feel like you've done the job,” Tillman said.

Mychal Givens and Darren O’Day combined for three perfect innings. O’Day picked up his fifth save.

The Orioles (75-76) are one game under .500 for the first time since Aug. 27.

Buck Showalter insists he doesn’t know his team’s standing.

“I haven’t even looked at it. I’m just trying to win every game and see where it takes us. But thanks for telling me now I’ve got to grind on that. I’m trying the ignorance is bliss thing,” Showalter said.

Scherzer walked Chris Davis with two outs in the first, and Steve Pearce hit his 14th home run of the year.

Tillman allowed a leadoff double to Anthony Rendon, and a run-scoring single by Yunel Escobar in the first.

After Bryce Harper walked, Tillman retired 12 straight until Michael A. Taylor walked. Taylor sped home on Wilson Ramos’ double to tie the score. Scherzer singled, and Ramos scored from third on Rendon’s sacrifice fly to give the Nationals (78-73) a 3-2 lead.

COMING UP: Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.72) faces Tanner Roark (4-6, 4.73) at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday.

MORE ORIOLES: Buck Showalter remembers Yogi Berra as kind, wise

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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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