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Orioles beat Rays 3-2 in 14 innings

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Orioles beat Rays 3-2 in 14 innings

When the Orioles began this season, their most optimistic fans were hoping for an end to their 14-season losing streak.That streak is finally over, but its no big deal.The Orioles won their 81st game of the season, securing their first non-losing season since 1997 with an excruciating 3-2 win in 14 innings over the Tampa Bay Rays before 25,130 at Oriole Park on Thursday afternoon.The win completed a three-game sweep of reeling Tampa Bay (77-64), which now trails the Orioles (81-62) by four games. For at least the next several hours, Baltimore leads the American League East over the Yankees, who play at Boston on Thursday night.The Orioles won five of seven games on the homestand with New York and Tampa Bay. The Rays open at three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday while the Orioles play three in Oakland.It was their 13th straight extra-inning win after losing the first two of the season.In the 14th, Adam Jones walked with two outs off Chris Archer (0-3). Endy Chavez singled and Manny Machado singled to score Jones with the game-winner.Randy Wolf (2-0), the seventh Orioles pitcher, got the win. He retired the only batter he faced in the top of the 14th. Wei-Yin Chen allowed one run in the fourth when Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria led off with singles. With Zobrist on third, Jeff Keppinger hit a sinking liner to center. Jones made a diving catch, and Zobrist scored.Through six innings, the Orioles didnt get a runner to third off Jeremy Hellickson , who allowed four hits and three walks in five-plus innings. Jake McGee relieved Hellickson and struck out all three batters he faced. On Wednesday, McGee struck out all four batters he saw.In the bottom of the seventh, Machado, Wednesday nights hero, bunted back to Wade Davis, who relieved McGee and bobbled the ball for an error. After Mark Reynolds struck out, Robert Andino walked and Taylor Teagarden doubled to score Machado and Andino.With a 2-1 lead, Chen took the mound in the eighth and walked Desmond Jennings. He moved to second on Teagardens passed ball, stole third and scored on Zobrists infield single.Chen was removed after 7 13 innings. He gave up two runs on eight hits.Darren ODay, Jim Johnson, Luis Ayala, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Wolf combined for 6 23 innings scoreless innings.Tampa Bay tied a club record with nine pitchers and set a team record, using 26 players.Archer was inserted into the game when Ryan Roberts was forced to leave with an injury to his left leg in the 11th . After taking an 0-2 count into his at-bat, Archer swung at a third strike, and then came into pitch. Hes the first AL pitcher to enter the game as a pinch-hitter since 1979.In the bottom of the 13th, the Orioles loaded the bases with none out, but Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon employed a five-man Tampa Bay infield, which resulted in a force out. Archer struck out Matt Wieters and Nate McLouth, and the game went on to the 14th.
NOTE:-Joe Saunders ( 2-1, 4.24) pitches for the Orioles as they begin a three-game series in Oakland on Friday night. Tommy Milone (12-10, 3.90) is the Athletics starter. Zach Britton will pitch on Saturday, and Sundays starter is undecided.

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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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