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Orioles score four in the eighth for 4-3 win over Rays


Orioles score four in the eighth for 4-3 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Through seven innings, the Orioles had just two hits. Their playoff hopes were nearly over.

But, then, the Orioles woke up against Alex Colome and came away with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 9.617 at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night.

Matt Moore, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, had pitched masterfully and held a 3-0 lead.

A half-inning later, the Orioles scored four runs, and they managed to creep closer to the Houston Astros, who they trail by 4 ½ games.

“It felt like a W all the way right?” manager Buck Showalter said.

Colome (6-5) allowed a leadoff single to Jonathan Schoop, then got two outs. Gerardo Parra singled Schoop, who had gone to second on a wild pitch to third.

Steve Clevenger’s RBI single scored Schoop with the first run. Manny Machado’s single scored Parra with the second. After Colome’s wild pitch, Chris Davis was walked intentionally to load the bases.

Adam Jones singled to right, bringing pinchrunner Ryan Flaherty and Machado home, and the Orioles (72-74) led 4-3.

“Somebody's going to succeed, one of the two. Good thing it was me today,” Jones said.

Chaz Roe (4-2) retired four batters for the win. Brad Brach pitched a scoreless eighth, and with Zach Britton unavailable, Darren O’Day worked the ninth for his third save.

The Orioles have seven wins in nine games and are 4 ½ games behind Houston for the second wild card. The Astros lost four straight to Texas.

Showalter knows how important these games are, and this game was a big one.

“Obviously mathematically it is. Opportunities are the games you play, two, three hours, four hours. That’s your opportunity and you don’t have 100 more. You have, X number left. Our guys are aware of what each game means,” Showalter said.

Chris Tillman pitched one of his better games this season, and truly had nothing to show for it. Tillman allowed three strange runs.

In the third inning, John Jaso hit a home run that got stuck in a catwalk in right field. It was just the fifth ball in the history of the ballpark, which has hosted the Rays since 1998, that couldn’t be dislodged.

Jones prevented Tampa Bay (70-76) from adding on in the fourth when he made a diving catch on Kevin Kiermaier’s sinking liner in center with two on.

“Huge, huge. Runners on base, he made a great play. I think he made two or three great plays tonight. I think those ones where he goes back, people don’t really notice that. He’s one of the best in the game at that. That’s why,” Tillman said.

Tillman got the first two outs of the sixth before James Loney doubled. Steven Souza walked, and Matt Wieters tried to pick off Souza. The throw was errant, and Loney took third on Wieters’ error.

Tim Beckham singled off Tillman’s glove, scoring Loney. Kiermaier’s infield single off Brian Matusz scored Souza, and Tampa Bay led 3-0.

Tillman allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“Tilly was good, he gives up the deflection off him and Brian gave up the swinging bunt, that was really deflating, a   lot of guys would have pulled the dirt in around them at that point but our guys didn’t they came right back at them,” Showalter said.

Tillman has not won in his last six starts.

Moore retired the first nine Orioles before Nolan Reimold led off the fourth with a double. Schoop singled in the sixth with one out.

Moore allowed no more baserunners. In seven innings, he gave up just the two hits and didn’t walk any.

He entered the game with an 8.42 ERA and hadn’t pitched more than five innings in any of his previous eight starts.

O’Day was pitching for the fourth time in five nights. Showalter decided Zach Britton needed a second straight day off.

“I had an idea, thought Zach might have another day off. You never now what Buck is going to do. I thought I might pitch the ninth. I stretched a half-inning later, if that’s relevant,” O’Day said.

The Orioles must catch not only Houston, but Minnesota, Los Angeles and Cleveland, too.

Jones isn’t doing any scoreboard watching.

“We’ve got to take care of our own business. You can't clean everybody else's house when your house is dirty,” Jones said.

NOTES: David Ortiz hit the last ball to get stuck in the catwalk exactly seven years ago. … Schoop has a career long 10-game hitting streak. … Tyler Wilson (2-1, 1.29) faces Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.14) on Friday night. … Reading beat Bowie 9-3 at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox trail 2-1 in the Eastern League finals.


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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."