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Orioles lose second in a row to Yankees, 4-3

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Orioles lose second in a row to Yankees, 4-3

NEW YORK – Following two losses to the New York Yankees, the Orioles fell to a season-high six games out of first place. The Orioles remain optimistic that they can still be a factor in the American League East.

Before the game, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the Orioles would be aggressive buyers in the trade market, no matter how they perform over the next several days.

Since the All-Star break, the Orioles are 2-3 after their 4-3 loss to the Yankees before 43,887 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Only Ryan Flaherty’s two-run home run in the third and Chris Davis’ homer with two outs in the ninth prevented the night from being a total washout.

After Manny Machado’s third inning double, the Orioles were hitless for 6 1/3 innings until Davis’ homer.

“I feel like we’re a hit or two away,” Davis said.

The problem was the Orioles were down by three runs because Kevin Gausman allowed five of the first six Yankees batters to reach.

“Obviously I’m not happy about it,” Gausman said.”I think what I did after that was pretty good, kind of kept us in the game.”

Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double and scored on Brett Gardner’s RBI single. With one out, Mark Teixeira hit his 24th home run and New York (52-41) had three runs.

Brian McCann singled and Carlos Beltran walked, but then Gausman struck out Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius.

Gausman retired eight in a row and didn’t give up another run until Alex Rodriguez hit his 20th home run of the season, a long shot to left-center with one out in the fifth.

The Orioles (45-46) didn’t score until Flaherty hit his two-run home run in the third, his fourth of the season.

Ivan Nova (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. He walked three, but Machado was doubled off second in the first on Adam Jones’ soft liner in the first and J.J. Hardy and Flaherty didn’t score in the fifth.

“They pitched pretty well. We just didn't put much pressure on Nova. He had a lot of in and outs in a hurry, but Kevin held them where he should have and I was proud of that. He presented himself well,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Gausman (1-2) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings.

“I knew after the first inning my stuff was good. I was going to have to mix in pitches with these guys. It’s a veteran lineup, so you can’t throw the same pitch too many times in a row. You get them out on a split the first time, they’re not going to make it easy on you the second time,” Gausman said.

Jason Shreve, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller closed it out. Miller has 22 saves, though he did allow Davis’ 20th homer with two outs in the ninth.

Showalter watched as his team was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, an all-too-familiar statistic.

“It's not a matter of hanging heads, you just get frustrated because you know that you're capable of better and you realize there are games left. Those type of things are for people who live in a minute to minute world. We understand the challenge that's ahead of us for a lot of baseball,” Showalter said.

On Thursday, the Orioles will try and avoid their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 1-3, 2010.

“You don't start getting into that woe is me and the breaks. You make them. We had a couple things go our way, too. They hit a couple line drives that we caught, too,” Showalter said. “I don't live in that world that we're not getting some breaks and somebody else is. I think that's an excuse. You've got to make them. You've got to make your breaks."

NOTES: Showalter was sorry Wesley Wright’s time with the Orioles didn’t work out. Wright was released on Wednesday.

“He’s a good young man and hopefully a fresh start somewhere will put him back on the path we thought he’d be on,” Showalter said.

…The Orioles will pick fifth in Round B of the Competitive Balance Draft next June. … Flaherty started at first base for the first time this season. … Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 3.29) faces Masahiro Tanaka (6-3, 3.65) on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. … Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen face Chris Archer, Erasmo Ramirez and Matt Moore in the three-game series at Tampa Bay beginning Friday. … Rodriguez has 3,024 hits and moved into 24th place on the all-time hit list passing Lou Brock. … Betances has allowed one run on 10 hits in 19 1/3 innings against the Orioles. He’s struck out 29.

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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