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Orioles move 10 over .500, silence Red Sox 7-1


Orioles move 10 over .500, silence Red Sox 7-1

The days with the Boston Red Sox and their rabid fans would outplay and outshout the Orioles and their fans are over.On Tuesday night, the Orioles thoroughly beat the Red Sox and silenced whats left of their dwindling fan base. Two home runs by Mark Reynolds and six innings from Wei-Yin Chen gave the Orioles a 7-1 win over Boston before 26,204 at Oriole Park.The win gave the Orioles a 63-53 record, and put them 10 games over .500 for the first time since June 24.Chen (11-7) allowed a run and nine hits in six-plus innings. He allowed at hit in every inning, but pitched out of trouble each time. Chen walked one and struck out four. Omar Quintanilla homered to right in the third against Josh Beckett. It was his third in 68 at-bats with the Orioles. Hed homered three times in his previous 592 at-bats.Boston tied the score in the fourth against Wei-Yin Chen. Cody Ross doubled leading off and scored on an RBI single by Carl Crawford.Reynolds 10th home run of the season gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.In the sixth inning, Ross led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Crawford. Chen struck out Ramon Aviles for the third and Danny Valencia flied to center for the third out.The Orioles scored five runs in the sixth when J.J. Hardy singled. With one out Adam Jones walked. Both runners moved up on Becketts wild pitch. Matt Wieters chopped a ball just passed the mound for an infield hit to score Hardy. Jones scored on Chris Davis single.After Mark Melancon replaced Beckett, Reynolds slammed a ball into the left field stands for his second home run of the night. It was his 11th of the season, and his first multi-home run game this year. His last came on Sept. 25 against Beckett.Beckett (5-10) was charged with six runs and six hits in 5 13 innings.In the seventh, Chen was pulled after Jacoby Ellsburys leadoff single. Darren ODay struck out Pedro Ciriaco, but then got in trouble. Dustin Pedroia doubled and Adrian Gonzalez walked to load the bases. ODay struck out Ross and caught Ryan Lavarnway looking to end the inning, giving the Red Sox (57-60) 11 runners left on base through seven.J.C. Romero made his Orioles debut in the eighth, allowing one hit. NOTES:-Romero is the 49th player used by the Orioles.-Miguel Gonzalez (4-2, 3.42) pitches against Aaron Cook (3-5, 4.70) on Wednesday night.-The Orioles will give out a collectible truck to the first 10,000 fans 14 and younger on Wednesday.

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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."