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Orioles sweep Red Sox on three home runs, 6-5


Orioles sweep Red Sox on three home runs, 6-5

BALTIMORE –- After the Orioles found out Brian Matusz’s eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm was upheld last Friday, they knew they’d play a man short.

It hasn’t mattered.

The Orioles have won five of six since the suspension began, and on Thursday night, recorded both their first series sweep and four-game winning streak of the season.

Thanks to three home runs, the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 before 22,480 at Oriole Park.

Chris Tillman benefitted from the home runs and good defense, and while the bullpen wasn’t as airtight as it was the last two nights, it was good enough.

Manager Buck Showalter’s bullpen allowed a run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings. In the three-game series, sans Matusz, they gave up just four hits in 12 innings.

“They kind of rally around it. Not that there's a safety net. It was going to be a need. They saw it coming. They knew. They're trying to pick up Brian and pick up the team,” Showalter said. “We're covered until we get to Sunday, then Brian's got to get some people out to be useful. He's getting them out down in Sarasota, that's for sure.”

Matusz has been throwing extended spring training games in Sarasota while his teammates thrive without him.

While he’s been gone, Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold have returned. Wieters works well with Tillman, and Reimold have seven putouts, several of them challenging, and he hit his first home run as an Oriole since July 10, 2013.

"I was thinking tonight watching Nolan, this is a guy who basically broke his neck diving in the stands for his team, his family, his city, whatever,” Showalter said.

Reimold’s third-inning home run gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead.

“I don’t think I was thinking. It was just happening. But I was soaking it up. I was enjoying it. It was fun to be back out there in Camden and playing for the Orioles again,” Reimold said.

Adam Jones homered off Wade Miley with two outs in the first, his 10th. In the bottom of the second, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy singled with one out. Davis scored on Steve Pearce’s single.

Three batters after Reimold’s home run, Delmon Young’s RBI single scored Jones for a 4-0 lead.

Tillman (4-7) retired the first nine Boston batters, thanks to some deft fielding. Reimold ran down Brock Holt’s drive to left for the game’s second out, and Manny Machado went near the outfield grass to field Hanley Ramirez’s ground ball and throw him out to end the first.

Dustin Pedroia and Holt began the fourth with singles. Ramirez walked to load the bases. David Ortiz hit a short fly to left. Pedroia scored on Mike Napoli’s fly to center, and Pablo Sandoval doubled with two runs to cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-3.

As he has so many times in the past, Wieters was there to guide Tillman through the game. He is especially meaningful to Tillman.

“Everyone knows what Wieters is capable of, especially with me. Having played together for so long and coming up together, he knows me inside and out,” Tillman said.

Machado hit his 10th home run with two outs in the fourth.

Miley and manager John Farrell argued in the dugout when he was lifted after the fourth. In two starts against the Orioles (29-30) this season, Miley (5-5) has allowed 12 runs on 14 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Tillman walked Ramirez to start the sixth, and with two outs Sandoval singled. Brad Brach replaced him and allowed an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts.

In 5 2/3 innings, Tillman allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Machado reached on a two-base error by Sandoval to start the seventh. Reimold walked off Steven Wright, and Machado took third on Jones’ fly to left. He scored on Wieters’ sacrifice fly to center and the Orioles led 6-4.

Ortiz hit his seventh home run off Chaz Roe with one out in the eighth. Boston (27-34) cut the lead to 6-5.

Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Reimold and Tillman have played together since 2008, and as the Orioles moved within a game of .500, the winning pitcher took a moment to appreciate Reimold.

“Nolan is a special player. On any given night he’s capable of doing some impressive things, and tonight was one of them,” Tillman said.

NOTES: In Bowie, Kevin Gausman allowed four hits on four hits in 3 1/3 innings against Binghamton. He struck out four and walked none. …The New York Yankees begin a three-game series on Friday night. Michael Pineda (7-2, 3.33) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.02). Pineda struck out 16 Orioles on May 10.


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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."