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Orioles turn it around on Pineda in 11-3 win


Orioles turn it around on Pineda in 11-3 win

BALTIMORE –- Thirty-two days ago, Michael Pineda toyed with the Orioles, striking out 16 in seven innings. It was the most for an Orioles opponent in a nine-inning game.

The Orioles toyed with Pineda and the rest of the New York Yankees on Friday night, knocking him out in the fifth inning and scoring an 11-3 win before 33,203 at Oriole Park.

Pineda (7-3), who hadn’t lost to the Orioles (30-30) in six previous starts didn’t make it through the fifth inning this time. He allowed nine hits and was charged with six runs, one of them unearned. By the way, he struck out just two batters.

“You always want to play up to the competition, and he’s had a lot of success against us in the past, and we knew we had a challenge ahead of us tonight. We did our homework. I think the more you see a guy, you know what he’s going to do,” Chris Davis said.

The Orioles have a season-long five-game winning streak and have clawed back to the .500 mark for the first time since May 5.

They’re still in fourth place and trail the Yankees (33-29) by three games in the AL East.

Davis, Caleb Joseph and Jimmy Paredes each had three hits. The Orioles had 16.

Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3) won for the first time in his last six starts. He allowed three runs on six hits in five-plus innings.

Jimenez loaded the bases with none out in the first. Brett Gardner and Chase Headley singled. Alex Rodriguez walked.

He escaped when Mark Teixeira popped to short, Brian McCann struck out and Carlos Beltran flied to right.

“It was a blessing to get out of that inning without any damage. It was a really tough inning, and I had to throw a lot of pitches in that inning and that’s why I couldn’t go deeper in the game,” Jimenez said.

Joseph was pleased with Jimenez’s resolve.

“Most teammates and managers would maybe be happy giving up one there. If you get out the jam with one you are still in good shape,” Joseph said. “But he was able to pulls some tricks out of his bag and get out of there with zero.”

Manager Buck Showalter mentioned that inning as the most important one.

“That was the key to the game. It's a real momentum-turner. We come in and score. That's one you kind of look back on,” Showalter said.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Manny Machado walked and Paredes singled off Pineda. Machado took third on Adam Jones’ fly to center and scored on Davis’ single off the right field wall.

New York took a 2-1 lead in the third. Jimenez hit Gardner with a pitch. He stole second and scored on A-Rod’s single to center. He had two hits and has 2,994 and 1,999 RBIs in his career.

Machado began the fourth by reaching on a two-base by Headley at third. Paredes reached on an infield single. Jones’ single to left scored Machado, and Davis hit a three-run home run over the right field scoreboard for a 5-1 lead.

Didi Gregorius walked to start the fourth and Mason Williams, in his second major league at-bat, hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 5-3.

Joseph doubled over Williams’ head with one out in the fourth. Machado singled, and Joseph scored on Paredes’ third hit of the game.

The Orioles added four more runs in the sixth to take a 10-3 lead. Joseph hit his fifth home run, Machado scored on a wild pitch by Esmil Rogers, J.J. Hardy had an RBI double and Travis Snider a run-scoring single.

Paredes drove in the 11th run in the seventh on a fielder’s choice.

It was the second time this season the Orioles scored more than 10 runs. On Apr. 26, they scored 18 against Boston.

If the Orioles win for the sixth straight time on Saturday, they’ll equal their longest winning streak of 2014.

“We’re definitely swinging the bats well. I think it’s big for us to go up there and continue to have great at-bats, not just go up there hacking, but really have an approach, have a plan and stick to it, and I think that’s going to pay off over the course of the season,” Davis said.

The win was the 407th of Showalter’s Orioles career. He’s tied with Hank Bauer for third place among Orioles managers. Only Earl Weaver (1,480) and Paul Richards (517) hd more.

“It means I’ve been here a long time,” Showalter said. “Now we’ve just got to keep it going.” 

COMING UP: CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.25) faces Bud Norris (2-4, 8.63) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX.

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5


Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."

Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."

After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.'"

Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."

In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."

The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"Textbook," Showalter said.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."

Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.


Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.


Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.


Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.

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Orioles unable to punch in final run late against Rangers


Orioles unable to punch in final run late against Rangers

BALTIMORE -- Ryan Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cole Hamels (5-8) won for the first time in almost a month, allowing four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a matchup of last-place teams.

Rua broke a 1-1 deadlock with the first pinch-hit of his career, off rookie Tanner Scott. Nomar Mazara added an RBI double later that inning, which made it 5-1 and boosted Scott's ERA from 5.88 to 6.84 over 26 appearances.

Baltimore pulled within a run on Caleb Joseph's three-run double against reliever Jose Leclerc in the bottom half of the inning. The Orioles loaded the bases in the eighth but Jake Diekman got out of the jam by getting Chris Davis on a short pop out.

Keone Kela got the last three outs for his 23rd save.

The Orioles have lost 17 of 20 and fell to 14-33 at Camden Yards, the second-worst home mark in the majors behind Kansas City.

Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead when he led off the fifth with a home run off Alex Cobb (2-12). The Orioles answered in the bottom half when Adam Jones hit a double just inside the left-field foul line and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia.

Cobb left his previous start against the Twins in the sixth inning with a blister on his right index finger. He did not appear hampered by the injury and allowed two runs and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings.