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Orioles get a 1-0 win as Gonzalez is hurt

BALTIMORE – It was just the scenario Buck Showalter wanted to avoid. Working with a six-man bullpen because Brian Matusz was suspended, and the Orioles adding Nolan Reimold to the roster, Showalter hurried to the mound in the fifth inning.

Miguel Gonzalez had strained his right groin, and in a scoreless game, Showalter was going to need 14 outs from his bullpen.

He got them thanks to T.J. McFarland, Chaz Roe and Zach Britton combining to allow just one hit over the final 4 2/3 innings in the Orioles’ 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox before 28,460 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez had a similar injury before in 2012. That injury wasn’t disabling, but Showalter may have to make a decision much quicker than he would normally have to.

The Orioles could disable Gonzalez, call up a reliever and then get another starter on Sunday when Matusz returns from his eight-game suspension, and it’s Gonzalez’s turn to pitch.

“With a six-man 'pen we have to approach things a little differently now until we get full. A little different dynamic of trying to put it together each night. That's part of the penalty you get for having somebody suspended,” Showalter said.

Britton came into the game to face David Ortiz with runners on first and second with one out in the eighth. Normally, Matusz would have gotten the call. Big Papi is 2-for-26 against Matusz.

This time, Britton struck him out, and got four more outs for his 16th save.

“That’s a tough lineup. It’s a 1-0 game, but it’s a lot of good pitches had to go in to make that 1-0 game,” Matt Wieters said.

It was Wieters first game at home since returning from Tommy John surgery, and with Chaz Roe pitching, he tested out that elbow.

Roe (1-0) hit Dustin Pedroia and walked Brock Holt to start the eighth. Rusney Castillo bunted, and Wieters fired to Manny Machado at third to force Pedroia.

Wieters said he wasn’t thinking about the elbow, which was surgically repaired just under a year ago.

“Wasn’t even a thought, which is a good thing. You don’t really know until you make the play. It’s a reaction, and actually pretty pleased with that,” Wieters said.

While the catcher wasn’t thinking about it, Showalter was.

“I thought about it. Said, I guess his arm is OK. We wouldn't have him here, wouldn't be playing him if we didn't think it was OK. It's always tempting to write him in there tomorrow, but we're lucky to have Caleb [Joseph],” Showalter said.

The Orioles (27-30), who have won four of five got just three hits off Eduardo Rodriguez, who they developed and sent to Boston (27-32) last July for Andrew Miller.

E-Rod, who has allowed one run in 20 2/3 innings in three starts, walked three and struck out seven.

He threw 102 pitches and left in the seventh when the Orioles scored their run off Matt Barnes (2-1).

Steve Pearce led off with a double, advanced to third on J.J. Hardy’s single and scored on Barnes’ wild pitch.

When Gonzalez left, McFarland worked through the sixth, then Roe, who has allowed one run in 12 innings since arriving on May 24, pitched the scoreless seventh and left for Britton in the eighth.

Gonzalez injured the groin when pitching to Mookie Betts the last batter of the fourth. He said he wasn’t worried.

“Treat it, see what happens and hopefully I can make my next start,” Gonzalez said.

“It's a little sore. But I can walk. I can move around. So it's just not as bad as people probably think." 

There were three replay reviews, two overturned, and lots of deep counts. It’s not mid-June, but AL East intensity is back.

“I think the last couple of series have felt like that. We are trying to get on a roll, win some games and get out of the dungeon so to speak in the standings a little bit. We are playing good ball right now. Offense is scoring just enough runs and we are pitching the way we are capable of pitching so those are good things,” Britton said.

Wieters put it succinctly.

“We’re going to have to come ready to play because in this division, you can’t give away games that you should win,” he said.

NOTES: It was Reimold’s first game with the Orioles since July 13, 2013. He went 0-for-3 …Virgilio Encarnacion, a right-handed pitcher with the Orioles’ Dominican Summer League team, has been suspended for 72 games for a positive test of performance-enhancing drugs. … Rick Porcello (4-5, 5.01) faces Wei-Yin Chen (1-4, 3.18) on Wednesday night. … Boston’s Hanley Ramirez left the game with a bruised left knee in the third inning. He fouled a ball off the knee.

 

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Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-1

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Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-1

TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up hits to the first three Baltimore batters Saturday.

The Orioles got just two more hits the rest of the afternoon.

Stroman pitched seven sharp innings for his second win in three starts and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-1 for its sixth straight victory over the struggling Orioles.

"He started working both sides of the plate with his sinker and I think that threw them off a little bit, especially late in counts," Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile said. "Overall it was just kind of vintage Stroman."

Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb picked up his major league-worst 13th loss. The Orioles dropped to 1-8 against Toronto this season.

"I absolutely hate seeing that win-loss in parentheses next to my name," Cobb said. "It's sickening."

Stroman (3-7) allowed one run and five hits. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, the first time this season he has topped 100.

Stroman is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month. He went 0-5 in seven starts before the injury.

"Since he's come back from the DL he's been really good," manager John Gibbons said. "I just think he's pitching like he's always pitched."

Stroman said he's focused on forgetting his early season struggles.

"I know I didn't have the first half I wanted but I've always been someone who prides myself on the second half and finishing strong," Stroman said. "That's something I'll look to continue to do this year."

Friend and teammate Devon Travis likes what he's seen from Stroman since the right-hander returned from injury.

"He's got that fire back," Travis said. "He's really under control. I think he's locking in on every single pitch."

Seunghwan Oh worked the eighth and Ryan Tepera finished for his seventh save in 12 opportunities.

Baltimore scored one run or fewer for the 27th time, the most in the majors.

The first three Orioles batters all singled, although Jonathan Schoop was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. After Adam Jones gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead with an RBI hit to right, Mark Trumbo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Blue Jays answered with a three-run fourth against Cobb, taking advantage of a key Orioles error.

Justin Smoak opened the inning with a walk and, following a video review, was ruled safe at second after Cobb's high throw pulled shortstop Tim Beckham off the base on at attempted force play.

"That's not it in a nutshell but I can understand why that's the focus, a play we haven't been making," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Randal Grichuk followed with an RBI double, a second run scored on Diaz's double play grounder, and Maile capped the rally with an RBI single.

Diaz had four hits Friday, including the game-winning single in the 10th. He went 2 for 3 Saturday with a pair of singles.

The Blue Jays made it 4-1 in the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez doubled, advanced on a fly ball and scored on Cobb's balk.

Cobb (2-13) lost his sixth straight decision, allowing four runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings. Showalter said Cobb was removed to avoid worsening a blister on his pitching hand.

"I was only going to have a few more pitches going into the sixth so he felt like the risk-reward was not really worth it," Cobb said.

Grichuk made the defensive play of the game, a running catch on the warning track in left center to retire Trumbo for the first out of the ninth.

GOING DOWN?

Jones and Chris Davis got stuck in an elevator at the team's downtown hotel following Friday night's defeat. Jones documented much of the saga on Instagram. The players and fellow passengers were eventually rescued by Toronto Fire Services staff. The sound system at Rogers Centre played a few bars of Aerosmith's `Love in an Elevator' before Jones batted in the fourth inning Saturday.

NO HOMERS

Toronto won without hitting a home run for just the third time in 26 games this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Baltimore is expected to demote a reliever when RHP Andrew Cashner (neck) is activated off the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cashner (2-9, 4.56) last pitched July 10, when he allowed five runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings against the Yankees. Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (10-6, 4.29) is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in three July starts.

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Manny Machado pens goodbye to O's fans on Instagram

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Manny Machado pens goodbye to O's fans on Instagram

Days after being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that captivated much of Major League Baseball, former Oriole Manny Machado took to Instagram to thank the only organization he's ever known. 

The 26-year-old's contract expires at the end of this season, which the Orioles chose not to renew as the last-place club enters a rebuilding phase. 

Machado put up big numbers in the team's first 97 games totaling career-highs in home runs (24), RBIs (65), OBP (.387) and OPS (.962). 

He is expected to play shortstop for a Dodgers club which finished the first half of the season 10 games above .500 in a competitive, tight NL West. 

The Dodgers will pay Machado $6.3 million. 

To my Baltimore family, I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out how I would say goodbye but there wasn’t an easy way to do it. I first joined this organization at the age of 17 and these past eight years have far exceeded anything I ever could’ve imagined. Throughout the ups and downs, you embraced me unconditionally and you took a kid from Miami and brought me up as one of your own. I’ve enjoyed my time here and you all have played a big part in that!! Thank you Birdland! You are forever in my heart! To the Baltimore Orioles, it has truly been a blessing to put on that uniform every day. To the Angelos Family & Dan Duquette, thank you for making my dreams come true!!! To Buck and the coaching staff, thank you for your commitment and dedication to making me the best player and teammate I can possibly be…I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you. To my teammates, we’ve shared some amazing times with lots of memories & friendships that I’ll cherish forever. Schoopy, I love you bro and I know you will carry the torch!!! ! Much love always, Manny #13

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