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Orioles drop game behind Yankees with 8-5 loss

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Orioles drop game behind Yankees with 8-5 loss

Therell be the usual questions about letdowns. Theyll be followed by the usual answers.The Orioles followed Thursday nights pulsating win with a disappointing defeat.Wei-Yin Chen allowed three home runs to the New York Yankees in the Orioles 8-5 loss before 40,861 at Oriole Park on Friday night.Like the night before, the ballpark was packed. There were a few more Yankees fans, but their cheers were drowned out by Orioles fans.There wasnt much to cheer about for the first five innings when New York took a 7-0 lead.The Orioles (77-61) now trail the Yankees (78-60) by a game in the AL East.New York hit three home runs, a three-run shot by Russell Martin and a two-run home run by Steve Pearce, in a five-run fifth, and a two-run shot by Alex Rodriguez in the sixth.It was the second time this season Chen allowed three home runs.

Chen (12-9) allowed seven runs on six hits in 4 23 innings.Adam Jones hit a three-run home run in the sixth off Phil Hughes (14-12), his 29th to cut New Yorks lead to 7-3.Hughes allowed three runs, one of them unearned , on six hits in six innings.In the seventh, Robert Andino hit his seventh home run and second in as many nights against Cody Eppley in the seventhSteve Johnson followed Chen and he kept the Orioles in the game, allowing just one hit in three innings. In the ninth, the Yankees added their final run on an RBI single by Derek Jeter.Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano closed out the game. Soriano allowed a two-out home run to Manny Machado in the ninth. It was Machados fourth, and first since Aug. 12, his fourth game with the Orioles.NOTES:-Jones home run was the 25th hit by the Orioles against the Yankees, their most ever.-A-Rods home run was his 300th as a Yankee.-Jeter had three hits. He has 3,274, just nine behind Willie Mays for 10th place on the all-time list.

-Joe Saunders (1-1, 4.63) and CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.42) are Saturday nights

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park