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Orioles no-hit through seven, nearly beat Blue Jays anyway

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Orioles no-hit through seven, nearly beat Blue Jays anyway

GAME SUMMARY: Marco Estrada held the Orioles hitless through seven innings, but the Toronto Blue Jays barely held on to beat the Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.

Estrada (5-3) walked four and struck out six in throwing 118 pitches as Toronto (37-32) led 5-0 after seven.

Jimmy Paredes led off the eighth inning with a single to left field. After Paredes’ single, Roberto Osuna relieved Estrada. Manny Machado followed with a single as the Orioles scored two runs in the eight.

Adam Jones’ two-run single off Brett Cecil made the score 5-4. With runners on first and third, Cecil struck out Chris Davis to record his fifth save.

Mike Wright (2-3) allowed three runs on four hits with four walks in 1 1/3 innings as the Orioles (34-33) lost their second straight after winning 11 of 13.

Edwin Encarnacion led the Blue Jays (37-32) with two hits and two RBIs.

THE GOOD: Tyler Wilson saved the Orioles bullpen by relieving Wright and allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings, the longest bullpen stint of the season.

THE BAD: In Wright’s three good starts, he allowed three runs in 19 1/3 innings. Since then, he’s given up 14 runs in 10 1/3 innings.

THE UGLY: In the first inning, Mike Wright grazed Jose Bautista with a pitch, and Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected by home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor.

Bucknor warned both benches and in the eighth inning after Osuna hit Adam Jones, both Osuna and Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale was ejected.

OUCH: Jones was in the original Orioles’ lineup in center field, but after batting practice, he was moved to designated hitter.

CALLING NORFOLK: Wright will likely be sent to Norfolk to make room for Saturday’s starter, Kevin Gausman. The Orioles may need another reliever, and Wilson could be replaced by a fresher arm.

STREAK ENDS: J.J. Hardy’s 11-game hitting streak ended when he popped out with the bases loaded.

REHABBING: Jonathan Schoop was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first rehab game for Bowie. He’s been out for two months with a sprained right knee.

FUN FACT: The Orioles have not been no-hit since Boston’s Clay Buchholz did it at Fenway Park on Sept. 1, 2007.

COMING UP: Gausman faces Mark Buehrle (7-4, 4.01) on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. Gausman will be activated from the 15-day disabled list.

MORE ORIOLES: Toronto slugger hit by Wright, Gibbons tossed

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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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