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Orioles lose fifth straight as McCullers dominates

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Orioles lose fifth straight as McCullers dominates

GAME SUMMARY: Rookie Lance McCullers limited the Orioles to a run on four hits in pitching a complete game as the Houston Astros beat Baltimore 3-1 on Wednesday night.

McCullers (2-0) struck out 11 and walked none in his fourth major league start.

Chris Carter homered twice and George Springer hit one off Miguel Gonzalez (5-4).

The Orioles (23-29) scored in the fourth on a triple by Adam Jones and a single by Delmon Young.

Gonzalez pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out eight without walking any.

Houston (34-20) has its best record through 54 games in its history. The Orioles (23-29) have lost five straight.

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THE GOOD: Gonzalez pitched effectively, but was undone by the home runs.

THE BAD: The Orioles swung at first pitch after first pitch against McCullers.

THE UGLY: The Orioles have now scored two or fewer runs in 19 of their 29 losses.

NOTABLE: The Orioles equaled their longest losing streak of the season.

STRUGGLING: With the loss, the Orioles are six games below .500 for the first time since September 2011.

OUCH: J.J. Hardy missed his third straight game with a sore left side. It’s unknown when he’ll return.

MINOR MATTERS: Bud Norris pitched four hitless innings against Gwinnett in his final rehab start. Matt Wieters, who will start on Friday at Cleveland was 3-for-5 with a home run in a doubleheader.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Norris told the Virginian Pilot he didn’t know what came next. “You tell me and I’ll let you know. This Showalter guy, he keeps all of his chess pieces close, so I have no idea."

COMING UP: Wei-Yin Chen (1-4, 3.21) faces Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.76) on Thursday at 2:10 p.m.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Steve Wilkerson's first MLB homer lifts O's over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Steve Wilkerson's first MLB homer lifts O's over White Sox

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in the rubber game of their three-game set Wednesday night. Here's the latest O's and White Sox news. 

PLAYER NOTES:

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Right fielder Steve Wilkerson hit his first MLB home run in the fourth inning, a solo shot to put Baltimore up 4-1. It proved to be the deciding run, as the White Sox scored only two more runs in the game. 

John Means earned the win on his 25th birthday Wednesday, going five innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk, striking out six. Means is now 3-2 on the season. 

Chris Davis missed out on Wednesday's win due to a personal matter. After a historically cold start, Davis is hitting .360 in his last nine games. 

A pair of Orioles fans, Joe and Katie Demski, got married in their O's jerseys on Wednesday! 

WHITE SOX:

Ervin Santana suffered his second loss of 2019, giving up four runs (all earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. The 36-year old's ERA now sits at 9.45. 

First baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in two runs for Chicago in the losing effort Wednesday. The two-time All-Star had a good game but is off to a cold start overall, now batting just .231 in 2019. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Sunday 4/28: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

The Orioles won 9-1 behind Andrew Cashner and an explosive offense. It was just the second home win of the season for the Orioles. Here are the news and notes surrounding the team.

PLAYER NOTES:

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Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. made a nice grab near the fence early in the game to save a run, but his biggest moment was a three-run home run to extend the Orioles lead. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Andrew Cashner had a nice start, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings. The Opening Day starter issued just one walk and struck out five. 

Chris Davis stayed hot, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first home run at Camden Yards this season. 

WHITE SOX:

Ivan Nova had a brutal start Tuesday night, allowing nine runs and eleven hits over four innings. He allowed four home runs and issued three walks, while striking out just four hitters. broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Yoan Moncada continued his breakout season, going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot and scoring the only run of the night for the White Sox. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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