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Orioles win fourth straight as Jimenez toughens


Orioles win fourth straight as Jimenez toughens

BALTIMORE – Ubaldo Jimenez started Tuesday’s game by allowing five of the seven Atlanta Braves batters to reach base. It didn’t look like Jimenez would be around terribly long.

Jimenez fooled many, but especially the Braves by pitching six hitless innings and coming out with a 7-3 win before 28,592 at Oriole Park.

It was their fourth straight win.

Nick Markakis started Tuesday’s game as he did on Monday, by accepting a long, loud ovation. Instead of doubling, he singled to center. With one out, Freddie Freeman hit his 13th home run of the year for a 2-0 lead.

Initially, Freeman’s ball was ruled in play, and was called a home run on a crew chief review.

Jimenez, who had allowed 14 runs in seven innings in his last two starts, allowed one-out singles to A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes and hit Jace Peterson with a pitch to load the bases. Jimenez retired Chris Johnson on a fly ball to center.

Atlanta (46-54) had three baserunners in the next six innings, all on walks, and Jimenez (8-6), who hadn’t won in his last four starts, had his first win in July.

In his first game as a leadoff batter after four games in the third spot, Manny Machado singled. Jimmy Paredes walked, and Adam Jones lined out to first. Chris Davis hit a long three run homer to center, his 23rd, and the Orioles (50-49) led 3-2.

Julio Teheran (6-6) hit Travis Snider with a pitch, and with two outs walked Chris Parmelee and Caleb Joseph before Ryan Flaherty grounded out to end the inning.

Jones singled with two outs in the second, and Davis hit his second home run in as many innings, giving him his 24th of the season, his 10th multi-home run game of his career. The five RBIs tied his career high, and the Orioles took a 5-2 lead.

The Orioles extended the lead to 6-2 in the fifth when J.J. Hardy singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and scored on Joseph’s RBI single.

Machado reached on an error by third baseman Adonis Garcia to start the sixth, and after Paredes singled, Jones doubled to score Marchado, and the Orioles had a 7-2 lead.

Peterson’s RBI single in the eighth cut the Oriole lead to 7-3.

NOTES: Markakis was 2-for-4 with a walk. He is 4-for-9 in two games. … Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 5.27) faces Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.71) on Wednesday night.

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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."