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Orioles watch homers sail out of park in 8-6 loss

BALTIMORE --- For the second straight night, balls were flying out of Oriole Park with alarming frequency. The Orioles hit three, but the Texas Rangers again hit four.

Those long balls doomed the Orioles to their second straight loss to the Rangers 8-6 before 27,370 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Texas (40-38) hit three home runs off Miguel Gonzalez. A night before, they smacked four against Bud Norris.

“We scored, what, six runs? There was enough to win a baseball game. They just did a better job, pitched a little better,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Mitch Moreland, who hit two against Norris, had a long two-run shot in the second, his 13th. It scored Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the disabled list before the game.

Robinson Chirinos led off the fifth with his ninth, a line drive to left, and two batters later Robinson Chirinos his 10th. That gave Texas a 6-4 lead.

In between the home runs, the Rangers loaded the bases with none out in the third. Prince Fielder’s single scored Chirinos, and Rougned Odor came home when Adrian Beltre hit into a double play.

Gonzalez (6-5) allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

“Really the first two innings I felt good and then after that, I just lost it. Tried to get back to it, but it wasn’t really working. I was flying open. The mechanics weren’t there today. I felt really good in the pen, but it just didn’t work out today,” Gonzalez said. 

Moreland added a two run, opposite-field shot off Chaz Roe, giving him four homers in two games.

“You’ve got to make good pitches and Miggy got behind a lot tonight and I called some pitches that didn’t quite go as I planned. At the same time, probably the one home run that cost us the most was Moreland’s second one. I don’t think he thought he hit it good. I thought it was going to be a pop-up and it’d been a different game, maybe one run (deficit) instead of three,” Wieters said.

Gonzalez has given up three home runs twice in his last four starts, and Texas has gotten hot.

“The last couple games, they have been swinging it really well. This is an aggressive team. They are going to be hacking anything you throw around the plate,” Gonzalez said. “We have been swinging it really good, too. I feel bad that we couldn’t win this game because I didn’t do my job.”

Chris Davis hit a pair of two-run home runs off Colby Lewis, both to center. Adam Jones reached on an error by Odor with two outs, and Davis hit number 17. He hit his 18th, also with two outs, in the third. Jones, who had singled, scored on that one, too.

“I feel good at the plate, just trying to have good at-bats. I think it’s kind of contagious once one or two guys start feeling well, guys start swinging the bats throughout the lineup, putting up runs early and trying to give ourselves a little bit of a lead. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough tonight,” Davis said.

Manny Machado led off the fifth with a home run, his 16th, and the Orioles (41-36) trailed 6-5.

Lewis (7-4) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings.

After Machado’s home run, Lewis, Keone Kela, Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson retired 14 straight Orioles before J.J. Hardy walked with two outs. After taking second without a throw, Hardy scored on Travis Snider’s single. Snider stole second and Ryan Flaherty struck out as Tolleson recorded his 11th save.

Brad Brach pitched 2 2/3 innings, his longest of the season, and the Orioles may need to add an arm to shore up their bullpen for Wednesday.

“We have to kick it around whether we've got to make a move because we really don't have much length tomorrow,” Showalter said.

The Orioles could option Gonzalez and bring him back just before the All-Star break. Two possible relievers to recall are Jorge Rondon and Tyler Wilson.

Rondon could give the Orioles length for one day and then be optioned for Kevin Gausman. Wilson, who is Norfolk’s scheduled starter on Wednesday, has proven he can give the Orioles multiple innings.

“With a six-man pen you kind of have to manage it a little differently. You have to keep people out of harm's way but also present your best opportunity to win a game,” Showalter said

NOTES: The Orioles turned a season-high four double plays. … Machado extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Davis has a 10-game streak. … Wei-Yin Chen (3-4, 2.90) faces Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39) on Wednesday night. … The Orioles signed outfielder Tristan Graham, their 22nd draft pick. They’ve signed 35 of their 41 picks.

 

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Showalter confirmed the dismissal Wednesday in a text message to The Associated Press.

A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles' career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver. He took over in August 2010 and orchestrated the resurgence of a team that suffered through 14 straight losing seasons.

Once hailed for making baseball in Baltimore relevant again, the 62-year-old Showalter is out of a job after a season in which the Orioles finished 47-115, 61 games behind Boston in the AL East. His contract expired at the end of October, and the Orioles opted against a renewal as they continue a major rebuild that began in late July, when they traded stars Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman for minor league prospects.

Those deals were made by Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations, whose future with the organization is up in the air.

Showalter earned AL Manager of the Year honors in 2014 after taking the Orioles to the AL East title and a berth in the Championship Series. He was also named Manager of Year with the Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004. His career record is 1,551-1,517, including 669-684 with Baltimore.

"I just think ever since he came here, the franchise just gained a little more accountability, gained an edge for some time," Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said before the final game of the season. "It's the end of an era. A great manager, a great tenure. I don't know if he's going to coach or manage again, but he's got grandchildren. Go golf. Relax and go sit on the golf course."

With his future in doubt, Showalter appeared undaunted during the final series of the regular season.

"You know how good they've been to me? I'm not ever going to forget that, regardless of what happens," he said.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was asked before his team's playoff game against the Yankees on Wednesday night whether Showalter was victimized by the trend toward analytics.

"I don't think Buck was a guy that ignored analytics," Melvin said. "I think it was probably a combination of how they did this year and maybe some relationships."

After the Orioles brought Showalter out of retirement, he offered renewed hope by fashioning a 34-23 finish in 2010 for a team that was 32-73 upon his arrival.

Baltimore ended a 14-year playoff drought in 2012, advancing to the AL Division Series following a victory over Texas in the wild-card game. Playoff appearances in 2014 and 2016 followed.

Last year, however, the Orioles fell to 75-87 after losing 19 of their final 23 games. Baltimore hoped the addition of starters Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner would enable the team to be a contender this year, but a horrid start quickly dispelled that notion.

The Orioles' deficit in the AL East reached double digits by April 18 and they were 8-27 on May 8. By the end of July, Baltimore fully entered rebuilding mode, leaving Showalter with the dubious distinction of overseeing a team that finished with the poorest record in the majors and one that surpassed the 1939 St. Louis Browns for most losses in franchise history.

Showalter never offered an excuse. He just grinded forward, working to prepare the team for 2019 even though he knew he might not be around to follow through.

At the outset of a season-ending series against Houston, Showalter was asked if he was thinking these might be his final days in the Baltimore dugout.

"We all have some private thoughts and emotions about that, but I don't think it serves the organization well for me to be worried about that right now," he said. "We've got some things to do these last four games that need to get done."

Showalter has a reputation as a no-nonsense manager, but his players appreciated his baseball knowledge and skill at handling a team. He made a point of talking to each of them on a regular basis, almost always offering encouragement.

"He gave me a chance," said catcher Caleb Joseph, who played six-plus years in the minors before arriving in Baltimore. "He believed in me in 2014, ran me out there and gave me a chance to be part of a championship team. He's really vouched for me ever since. I owe a lot to Buck and his loyalty. He's been a main figure here for a long time."

Sensing the end was near for the only big league manager he had ever played for, first baseman Trey Mancini said: "It's been an absolute honor to play for Buck. He's been incredible."

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

The Boston Red Sox broke a 106-year-old franchise record with their 106th victory on Monday night, clinching home-field advantage through the postseason by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 thanks to a pair of hits from major league batting leader Mookie Betts.

Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless Orioles batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far. For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and mostly likely Oakland.

The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.

The Orioles (45-111) became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60 games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It's the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.

Boston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts' two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.

Betts also singled and scored in Boston's two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs scored. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.

Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.

FOR STARTERS

Six days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. "I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don't know when," Showalter said.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night's game. ... INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.

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