The Oakland Athletics came into Baltimore as baseballs hottest team, and nothing the Orioles have done in two days has changed that.On Saturday night, the Athletics methodically beat the Orioles 6-1 before 21,143 at Oriole Park.The Orioles (52-49) were without Jim Thome (neck spasms) and Matt Wieters (right biceps) and while they had 10 hits, they managed to leave 11 runners on base.At least they got the ball in play. On Friday night, Athletics pitchers struck them out 13 times. The Orioles struck out eight times on Saturday night.Nick Markakis ninth home run of the year, with one out in the ninth, prevented them from being shutout for the eighth time this season.Yoenis Cespedes hit a 2-2 pitch from Tommy Hunter into the left field stands for a 2-0 Oakland lead in the fourth. Cespedes stood a few feet from home plate admiring the shot, hoping it stayed fair. It was his 14th of the season.In the fifth, Kurt Suzuki doubled with one out, and Eric Sogard followed with a run-scoring single to make it 3-0.With one out in the sixth, Chris Carter hit a two-run homer off Hunter (4-6). It was his second in two nights, and his eighth of the season.Hunter was done for the night after 5 13 innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out seven.He has allowed 24 home runs this season in 100 23 innings. Bartolo Colon (7-8) worked 5 23 innings, allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out five.Jordan Norberto relieved Colon with two outs in the sixth and pitched 1 23 scoreless innings. Evan Scribner worked the final 1 23 innings, and allowed Markakis home run.Because of Brandon Inges error at third base and a wild pitch, the Orioles had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but Adam Jones grounded out to end the inning.That was the only Orioles runner to reach third.In the eighth, Cespedes RBI triple off Miguel Socolovich made it 6-0. In the bottom of the inning, he made a lovely running catch on Omar Quantanillas fly ball to end the inning.NOTES:-The Orioles are expected to purchase the contract of outfielder Lew Ford on Sunday. Ford is batting .331 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs with Norfolk. The 35-year-old outfielder hasnt played in the majors since 2007 with Minnesota.-Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.82) opposes Travis Blackley (3-2, 3.15) on Sunday afternoon.
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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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."
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