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Orioles, Tillman lose in ugly fashion, 10-2


Orioles, Tillman lose in ugly fashion, 10-2

BALTIMORE – For the last three seasons, Chris Tillman has been the Orioles’ best pitcher. He’s been helped by outstanding infield defense, particularly by Manny Machado.

For six innings on Tuesday night, Tillman kept the Orioles in the game, but in the seventh, he and the defense came apart, and in the eighth inning it got worse.

The Orioles’ ugly 10-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 17,319 at Oriole Park had Machado baffled.

He committed a key error in the seventh inning that led to a four-run inning, and his teammates committed two more that led to four more in the eighth.

“That wasn’t us. That wasn’t us. And it kept rolling. That was the inning that we lost the game, and they took advantage of it. It’s part of the game. We collapsed, and they took advantage of it,” Machado said.

Machado, who was covering second on a double play threw wildly to Tillman, covering first. It was his eighth error this season.

Tillman thought he could have made the play.

“I did. We’ve practiced that a ton in spring training and throughout the year and I got there in almost too much time and I went out to get it and it just kind of got away from me,” Tillman said.

“It was a close game through the sixth and I think if I make that play on that double play it’s a close ballgame and we’ve got a chance to win it. I’ve got to make that play and when I didn’t I need to get the next guy out.”

After Justin Smoak got to second on the error, Keon Travis pinch ran for him, and Josh Donaldson singled for a run to make it 3-2. Jose Bautista hit a ground-rule double.

Tommy Hunter replaced Tillman and a run scored on Caleb Joseph’s passed ball. Edwin Encarnacion hit his second home run, a two-run shot, in as many innings, and the Orioles trailed 6-2.

Tillman (2-5) allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, and he has a career-high four game losing streak.

“It’s right there, it really is. If I make one more (good) pitch in that game that’s anybody’s ballgame to have,” Tillman said.

As bad as the seventh inning was, it was followed by an equally unsightly eighth. Errors by Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy, a wild pitch by T.J. McFarland and a long two-run home run by Donaldson gave Toronto (17-17) a 10-2 lead.

The team that’s played such sterling defense has suddenly let the Orioles down.

In 2013, the Orioles set a record for fewest errors with 54. Last year, they made 87. They’ve already made 22 in 31 games.

“I've very privileged to watch a lot of really good defensive games played here the last few years. Obviously, tonight wasn’t one of them,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“We’ve been really good at that phase and we weren’t tonight. So, learn from it and try to get back to being more of what we’re capable of. Didn’t do very good out of the bullpen. We’ve been pitching pretty well out of there. Didn’t tonight. That allowed it to kind of get away from us there.”

Mark Buehrle retired the first six Orioles, and then Hardy singled to lead off the third. With two outs, Machado punched a double down the left field line, and Jimmy Paredes extended his hitting streak to 11 games by singling to center.

The 2-0 lead held until the fourth when Chris Colabello’s single to left scored Encarnacion. Tillman had allowed two infield singles in the first three innings.

Encarnacion hit his sixth home run in the sixth to tie the score at 2.

Buehrle (5-2) allowed two runs in six innings.

It was the fourth time the Orioles (14-17) have allowed 10 or more runs, all against the Blue Jays. Buehrle has been the beneficiary in three of those games.

“They’re swinging the bat. We’re not. They’re hitting in key situations, and we’re just making too many errors. Plain and simple, we’re making too many errors. Dumb mistakes that we shouldn’t be doing. It’s not like us,” Machado said. “We just got to play better defense.”

The Orioles may make a roster move. Showalter said that there was a medical issue involving one of the pitchers. Rule 5 draft pick Jason Garcia, who might have ordinarily pitched in a blowout, could be headed to the disabled list, and Mike Wright may be recalled from Norfolk.

NOTES: This was the second time this season the Orioles made three errors in a game. … Tillman has lost five straight against the Blue Jays. … Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62) faces Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.57) on Wednesday night.


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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.