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Orioles, Chen lose ground in 5-3 defeat to Rays

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Orioles, Chen lose ground in 5-3 defeat to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Orioles captivating season may yet end with an American League East division title.Its just going to be a little bit harder now.Shortly after the Orioles lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 before 13,666 at Tropicana Field on Monday night, they learned the New York Yankees had regained a one-game lead in the East.Once the Yankees scored nine runs in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles knew the challenge was going to be more difficult.The 10-2 New York win was digested quickly."They win? That's a given. They're playing home the rest of their games, so you know that's a given. We'll do what we can do," manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles (92-68) have two more games with the Rays while the Yankees have two more against the sad-sack Red Sox.We dont care. We didnt take care of our business. We cant control other people. We lost. Thats something we had control over. When it comes to the Yankees, you cant control them, cant control whether they win or lose, Adam Jones said. On Sunday night, the Orioles had clinched a postseason spot, but they now have to look to the Texas Rangers for help. The Rangers began a three-game series with Oakland, losing 4-3 on Monday night.The Orioles and Oakland are now tied for the Wild Card lead. If the teams finish tied, Oakland will host the game on Friday due to beating the Orioles in the season series.Wei-Yin Chen (12-11), who hasnt won a game since Aug. 19, looked to be in decent shape after he allowed just one run in the first six innings, a fourth-inning leadoff home run to Ben Zobrist.The Orioles did little against Alex Cobb (11-9). Through six, J.J. Hardys single was their only hit. Matt Wieters tied the score with an opposite field home run to left in the top of the seventh.Evan Longoria grounded to Manny Machado to lead off the seventh, but Machado booted the ball for an error.It led to three runs.Should have caught it, Machado said. Took a little side spin on me, ate me up. Shouldve taken a step forward, but I should have made the out. I couldnt find the ball and once it hit my glove it bounced up, I had no shot after that. Jeff Keppinger singled Longoria to third. Ben Francisco flied to left, but Nate McLouths throw wasnt close. Longoria scored to make it 2-1.Rich Thompson ran for Keppinger and took third on Sam Fulds single. After Ryan Roberts popped to short, Chris Gimenezs double scored both Thompson and Fuld for a 4-1 Rays lead.Luis Ayala replaced Chen, who pitched 6 13 innings, allowing four runs, three of them unearned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Chen is now winless in six starts.That's just stats. The only thing I wanted to prove to everybody is prove that I can pitch," Chen said through a translator.Jake McGee pitched a perfect eighth in relief of CobbThe Rays added a run in the eighth when B.J. Upton led off with a double off Pedro Strop. Upton moved to third on Zobrists infield out. Longoria walked and Upton scored on an infield out for a 5-1 lead.Chris Davis hit his sixth home run in the past five games, a two-run shot off Kyle Farnsworth. He has 32 homers.Fernando Rodney walked Jones. Wieters reached on an infield single, but Rodney struck out Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds before getting Endy Chavez to ground out to the mound to end the game. Rodney earned his 47th save.NOTES: -There was some concern Jones injured his ankle late in the game, but both he and Showalter dismissed that.-Davis, who was named AL Co-Player of the Week, is the first Oriole to homer in five straight games since Melvin Mora did it late in the 2005 and early in the 2006 season.Davis, who shared the award with Detroits Justin Verlander, batted .423 with five homers, 10 RBIs last week. Hes the second Oriole to win the award this season. Machado won it for his first week in the majors in August.-Wilson Betemit (right wrist) has been given clearance to begin hitting in five-to-seven days.-Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.45) and James Shields (15-9, 3.62) are Tuesdays pitchers. Showalter has decided on a pitcher for Wednesday. He says he has four options.

-Tsuyoshi Wada, who had Tommy John surgery in May, began playing catch last week. Hes rehabbing in Sarasota, Fla., and will stay there through December when hell return to Japan for a month.

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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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