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Orioles' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss


Orioles' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss

BALTIMORE – Six-game winning streaks are hard to come by. The Orioles found again that seven-game streaks are even more difficult to achieve.

The Orioles had their fourth six-game streak under Buck Showalter snapped, and still haven’t had a longer one since an eight-game run more than 10 years ago.

On a sultry Sunday afternoon, the Orioles briefly held the lead, but a four-walk fifth inning led to the streak’s end.

The New York Yankees beat the Orioles 5-3 before 36,343 at Oriole Park, and sent them back to .500.

For the 10th time this season, the Orioles (31-31) are at the breakeven point. They hoped to complete consecutive sweeps of the Boston Red Sox and Yankees for the first time since Sept. 1970, but fell a game short.

“I think we’re definitely starting to hit our stride and that’s big for us, to get everybody healthy, to get everybody on the field and start playing together and I think that’s what we’ve done the last few games,” Chris Davis said.

“We won the series. Any time you are able to win the series against a division rival, it’s good. I thought we played a pretty clean game for the most part. Didn’t make a lot of mistakes, didn’t make a lot of errors. We just got beat today.”

Mike Wright had three fine starts and a disappointing one on June 2 in Houston. He allowed five runs on eight hits. Wright (2-2) was sent to Norfolk the next day and returned when Miguel Gonzalez landed on the disabled list with a strained right groin.

He allowed five runs on six hits in four-plus innings.

“The baseball gods weren’t too kind to Mike today,” Showalter said. “We didn’t mount much offensively.”

Brett Gardner led off the first with a single Wright. He scored with two outs on Mark Teixeira’s double.

The Orioles tied the score in the bottom of the first. Manny Machado, who entered the game with six hits in seven at-bats off Adam Warren, led off with a single. With one out, Adam Jones singled and Davis walked to load the bases.

Nolan Reimold’s two-run single to left gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

New York tied the score in the second when Gardner’s sacrifice fly scored Didi Gregorius.

Caleb Joseph’s two-out double scored Reimold to tie the score at 2 in the fourth.

Wright walked Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez to start the fifth. After a wild pitch, Teixeira walked to load the bases.

“I was throwing some good pitches and they kept fouling them off and kept battling. They ended up having the upper hand,” Wright said.

Brian Matusz returned after the end of his eight-game suspension and walked Garrett Jones to score Headley.

“That was a killer. You know, with Garrett Jones there, situation I feel
like come out and (if I) attack the zone a little bit better with some strikes, it falls a little differently there,” Matusz said.

Stephen Drew and Gregorius struck out, but John Ryan Murphy doubled to score A-Rod and Teixeira, and the Yankees (34-28) led 5-3.

Warren left with two runners on and two outs in the fifth. Chasen Shreve got Travis Snider on a fly ball to left for the third out.

Shreve (3-1) recorded four outs for the win. Justin Wilson pitched two perfect innings, and Dellin Betances worked the ninth for his third save.

After Jimmy Paredes’ single leading off the fifth, the Orioles were hitless.

Tyler Wilson, who was recalled before the game as T.J. McFarland was sent to Norfolk, pitched the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Orioles, allowing three hits. It was the team’s longest relief outing this year.

“No matter what the situation is, ahead, behind, my job, especially there being behind a couple of runs, is trying to get quick contact, get the offense back in the dugout, and give them a chance to score some runs and build some momentum on our side of the ball,” Wilson said.

Davis says that .500 isn’t a goal for the Orioles. They expect better.

“I think we want to be over ,500. I think we expect to be over .500. There’s so much emphasis put on the stats and standings and where you are. But right now the biggest thing is to go out there and try to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Davis said.

NOTES: The Orioles are 28-4 when Joseph has an RBI. His brother Corban, recently released by Atlanta, is expected to sign a minor league contract with the team. … Rodriguez has 2,995 career hits. … The Orioles play the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Aaron Harang (4-7, 3.04) faces Wei-Yin Chen (2-4, 3.21).


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Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7


Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

ATLANTA -- For Braves manager Brian Snitker, playing the matchups meant pitching to Manny Machado with first base open and a marathon game on the line.

The Orioles slugger made that strategy look foolish.

Machado hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 15th inning, lifting Baltimore to a 10-7 win over Atlanta on Friday night after each team staged dramatic ninth-inning rallies.

The Braves surrendered six runs in the ninth, and then scored four times in the bottom of the inning.

Peter Moylan, Atlanta's eighth pitcher, hit Craig Gentry to open the 15th. Gentry moved to second on Austin Wynns' sacrifice.

With first base open, the Braves pitched to Machado and he responded with his 19th homer, a drive into the Orioles' bullpen in left.

Snitker said the right-handed Moylan is tough on right-handed hitters but acknowledged "you hate like hell (Machado) is one of them."

Machado said an intentional walk "crossed my mind at first. I thought they were. In that situation they probably had faith in Moylan out there that he could get some ground balls to the left side of the infield."

Machado hit a 0-2 slider Moylan said was "supposed to be middle in." Moylan said the pitch "slipped out of my hand and ended up middle middle."

Moylan (0-1) gave up another run on singles by Colby Rasmus and Jonathan Schoop.

Mike Wright Jr. (1-0), Baltimore's seventh pitcher, threw two scoreless innings.

The game lasted 5 hours, 21 minutes.

The Orioles trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth, and the Braves rallied against closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the inning. Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was not used while Dan Winkler allowed four runs while recording only one out.

Snitker said he rested Vizcaino because of shoulder soreness and he might be available on Saturday.

Chris Davis hit a drought-breaking homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly as Baltimore opened a 7-3 lead.

Britton got one out and was charged with four runs and five hits. He gave up a single to Johan Camargo and a double to Danny Santana before hitting Ender Inciarte to load the bases.

Ozzie Albies' bases-loaded single drove in Camargo. Freddie Freeman's two-run single cut the lead to one before Nick Markakis tied the game with a double to right field.

Atlanta had jumped in front on Charlie Culberson's tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth.

Davis, making his first start since June 11, hit his first homer since May 9 in the fifth. Camargo tied the game with his run-scoring double in the seventh.

Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb allowed five hits in seven innings.

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb permitted four hits in seven innings

The start of the game was delayed 11 minutes by rain.

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

The 2018 Major League All-Star Game is less than a month away. Fan votes are well underway and early frontrunners are close to locking their position in the Midsummer Classic.

Yesterday, we projected how the National League roster will play out. Today it is time to look at the American League roster projection.

For five straight seasons, the AL has had the upper hand in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2018, it does not appear that will change as the American League roster will be loaded from top to bottom.

As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out, first with the fan vote, players’ ballots, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office:

  • Fan vote: nine position players in AL (DH)/ eight in NL; plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 17 players in AL/ 16 players in NL; (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: five AL players (four pitchers, one position player) and seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players)

One player from each team must make the initial roster (before injury withdraws, etc.). Below is how it looks the American League roster will play out, considering the latest fan vote returns:

American League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Joey Gallo, Rangers (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Yangervis Solarte, Blue Jays (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Shohei Ohtani, Angels (Player Ballot)

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Delin Betances, Yankees (Commissioner’s Office), Chris Devenski, Astros (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros

Based on this projection, the New York Yankees will have the most representatives with six. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will both have four.

Ensuring no snubs, there will be five players selected for the final fan vote to get one more All-Star into the game for a total of 32 for the American League. As you can see, no matter how the AL roster plays out, it will be a dominant team once again as they look for six straight All-Star wins.

Four of those five wins were inside a National League stadium and that will not change as the Washington Nationals will host this season.