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Orioles hit four home runs in 8-2 win over Royals


Orioles hit four home runs in 8-2 win over Royals

BALTIMORE – For the first time since late July, the Orioles have won consecutive series. After winning two of three against the New York Yankees, they did the same against the Kansas City Royals, who own the American League’s best record.

The Orioles hit four home runs off Johnny Cueto, equaling the most he’s given up. In two starts off Cueto in the last 18 days, the Orioles scored 14 runs in 11 1/3 innings.

While the Orioles still are six games out of the second wild card spot, the 8-2 win over Kansas City before 22,496 at Oriole Park on Sunday night, was still gratifying.

Wei-Yin Chen (9-7) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. It was just the second time in his last 11 starts he completed seven.

Chen said he was pleased by the outing.

“Yes, I am. Because I haven’t been pitching well for some period of time and during the past few games, my teammates were doing well. They were scoring runs, but I didn’t do my job well. Today they are still doing great and today I am happy that I can do my part of the job and win this game,” Chen said through his translator.

Jonathan Schoop had two home runs, Adam Jones and Chris Davis each had one.

Cueto (2-6), acquired by the Royals just before July’s trading deadline, has lost five straight.

Schoop is 4-for-5 against Cueto. He’s not sure why.
“I want to know, too. … I want to do that against every pitcher. I want to know,” Schoop said.
The Orioles (69-73) hadn’t won two straight series since late July when they took two of three from Tampa Bay and three straight from Atlanta.

“We have to keep the carrot out there. We got 20 games left and we’re going to try to win every one of them. If you watch the way our guys are going about their business, that’s their idea as much as mine,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“Today's the first time you get a little fall crispness in the air. Tonight was a reminder of what playing in the playoffs was like. It was dark when the game started. There was a certain feel to it. You're playing the team with the best record in the American League. It was good. Beat the Yankees two out of three and beat these guys two out of three."

In the first inning, Jones hit his 27th home run into the Orioles bullpen for a 3-0 lead.

The Royals (84-58) got two runs in the second on three two-out hits. Salvador Perez and Alex Rios doubled, and Alicdes Escobar singled, and it was 3-2.
Schoop led off the second with his 13th home run, and the Orioles led 4-2.

Schoop hit his 14th with one out in the fourth for a 5-2 lead.

Fourteen home runs in 69 games projects to over 30 home runs for a full season. Schoop missed nearly half the season with a right knee injury.

“I don't look at the numbers, like JJ [Hardy] teaches me. I try to be healthy, this year I wasn’t heathy all the way. But everyone tells me, get healthy and at the end of the season your numbers are going to be there. I know I’ve got 14 home runs but I don't want to think about it like I can be a 30 guy. I just want it to happen,” Schoop said.

Davis hit his 42nd home run, the fourth off Cueto, equaling the right-hander’s career high.

The Orioles added two runs in the seventh. Hardy, who had doubled to lead off the inning, scored when second baseman Ben Zobrist dropped Mike Moustakas’ throw and Jones drove in his fourth run with a double.

Cueto was charged with eight runs, seven earned in 6 1/3 innings.

With 20 games left and trailing Texas for the second wild card by four, the Orioles remain alive.

“We’re not mathematically eliminated, so there’s still something to play for,” Jones said.

Schoop is cognizant of the standings, too.

“We went through a tough stretch, losing a lot of games but we’re still in there. We have, what, 20, 21 games? We’re going to play hard because we’re hungry. We want to get to the playoffs. We got a taste last year of what it feels like so we want to be there again,” Schoop said.

NOTES: It was Schoop’s second two home run game. ... Norfolk tied its playoff series with Columbus at two games apiece with a 6-5 win over the Clippers. The decisive fifth game is Monday night in Columbus. … The Orioles and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series on Monday night. Eduardo Rodriguez (9-5, 4.05) faces Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.33).

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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


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."