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McLouth's eighth inning home run gives Orioles 4-3 win

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McLouth's eighth inning home run gives Orioles 4-3 win

A month ago, few Orioles fans knew that Nate McLouth was in the organization. Buried in Norfolk, McLouth was about to opt out of his minor league contract and look for a big league deal. Tides manager Ron Johnson convinced the Orioles they should give McLouth a look. Theyre glad they did.McLouth powered a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox before 10.955 at Oriole Park on Monday night.With the Orioles (70-57) trailing 3-2, Mark Reynolds, who allowed the go-ahead run to score on a misplay, walked with one out, and McLouth hit his second home run on a 1-0 pitch off Brett Myers (2-2) for a 4-3 lead.The Orioles have won three straight and remain tied with Oakland in the wild card chase. Theyre 13 games over .500, which equals a season-high. They won their 13th straight one-run game, a franchise high. They're 24-6 in one-run games.Pedro Strop (5-2), who allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth, got the win. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 40th save.Lew Ford hit his first major league home run since July 29, 2007 leading off the second. With one out and the bases loaded, it looked as if the Orioles could be getting ready for a big inning. With Nick Markakis at bat, Manny Machado was leading off second. As Liriano threw, shortstop Alexei Ramirez moved about 15 feet to his right, and Markakis lined it right to Ramirez, who flipped to second to nab Machado.In the first, Markakis had tried to come home from third with Ford at bat after Lirianos pitch got away from A.J. Pierzynski, but Pierzynskis throw to Liriano was in time to get Markakis.In the sixth, Dewayne Wise grounded to Mark Reynolds at first. Wei-Yin Chen dropped the toss from Reynolds for an error, and then Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run, his 16th of the season. Chicago (71-56) led 2-1.Chen allowed two runs-one of them unearned--on four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the sixth off Francisco Liriano. Matt Wieters walked, Ford singled and Jesse Crain walked Reynolds to load the bases. Crain walked McLouth to score Wieters, but the Orioles wasted an opportunity when Machado bounced to third. Youkilis throw to Pierzynski forced Ford. He had plenty of time to get Machado at first, but inexplicably didnt. Robert Andino struck out, and hes now in a 1-for-26 slump. Markakis grounded to short, and the Orioles had eight left through six.In the eighth, Strop allowed singles to Wise and Youkilis to start the inning. With Wise at third, Adam Dunn, one of the slowest runners in baseball, grounded to second. Andino fielded it, and found no one to throw to. Reynolds had gone too far out of his lane, and Youkilis scored, and Dunn had an RBI single for a 3-2 Chicago lead.NOTES:-Tommy Hunter had a two-hit shutout for Bowie against Erie. Dylan Bundy pitches on Tuesday.-J.C. Romero, who was designated for assignment on Friday, has been granted free agency.-Infielder Cory Segui, son of former Oriole David Segui, has been promoted from Gulf Coast to Aberdeen.-Kevin Buck, whose ninth birthday is Tuesday, was given a special day at the ballpark courtesy of Casey Cares. The fourth grader, who has a rare blood disease, got to meet several Orioles.-Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.71) and Chris Sale (15-4, 2.65) are Tuesday's pitchers.

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 

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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."

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