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Red Sox win 8-0, shut out Orioles for second consecutive game

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Red Sox win 8-0, shut out Orioles for second consecutive game

BOSTON – As the Orioles season winds down, the offense gets quieter and quieter. For the second straight game, the Orioles were shut out by the Boston Red Sox.

On Friday night, it was 35-year-old Rich Hill, who hadn’t thrown a complete game in nine years. A day later, it was seven relievers who combined on a shutout.

The Orioles got just five hits in losing to the Red Sox 8-0 before 36,316 at Fenway Park on Saturday.

"I think the thing I point out is we haven't scored a run in 18 innings. The story for me kind of starts and stops there,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Wei-Yin Chen, who is likely in his final days with the Orioles, allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

That wasn’t so bad, but Oliver Drake and Jorge Rondon combined to allowed six unearned runs as the Orioles committed three errors for the second time in five games.

“It’s just one of those games, you can’t tell why it went bad,” Matt Wieters said. “It didn’t feel, from behind the plate, that we gave up eight runs, but when you look at the scoreboard you know we did.”

Manny Machado made two of those errors, giving him 20. It was the second time this season he’s made two.

“People expect him to catch everything and he just about does,” Showalter does.

Chen (10-8) will start against New York on Friday night, and then seek fame and fortune as a free agent. While the Orioles are expected to proffer a qualifying offer, Chen is expected to reject it.

He had no run support and watched as the Orioles (76-78) dropped 4 ½ games behind Houston for the final wild-card spot with eight games to play. In order to even have a winning season, the Orioles must six of their final eight.

Craig Breslow got his first start after 522 relief appearances and pitched four scoreless innings. Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo had planned on a 40 pitch limit. Instead, Breslow pitched a career high four innings and threw 55 pitches.

Heath Hembree (2-0) followed with a scoreless fifth. Matt Barnes threw two shutout innings. Alexi Ogando, Tommy Layne and Noe Ramirez worked the eighth, and Jonathan Aro pitched the ninth.

Entering this series the Orioles won 11 of 15, including a three-game sweep against the Nationals.

"We swung it better in Washington, but we just went through a two-game period here where we haven't done much offensively. I'll be the first to tip my hat to the other team, but we're capable of better.”

For the fifth straight game, the Orioles were without Adam Jones, who has been suffering from back spasms. Zach Britton, who hasn’t pitched since last Sunday because of a sore left lat, was cleared to return.

“Well, we did some good things in Washington without [Jones]. We did some things pitching-wise without Zach. The good news is Darren [O’Day] was not available again today, but Zach was. Hopefully, we'll get that back on its feet, but if we don't score any runs there won't be any need for him,” Showalter said.

The Red Sox (74-80) scored a run off Chen in the fifth. Brock Holt walked with one out, and Josh Rutledge doubled to score Holt.

In the sixth, Rusney Castillo doubled with two outs and scored on Holt’s single.

“Overall, I feel good, but in the fifth and sixth innings, I kind of lose my command out there and couldn’t get back in time. That’s the thing I’m not happy about today,” Chen said through his interpreter.

Two more runs scored on Machado’s error in the seventh.

Boston added four unearned runs in the eighth on errors by Machado and Steve Pearce.

The Orioles had multiple runners on three times. Jonathan Schoop singled and Gerardo Parra doubled with two outs in the second. In the fifth, J.J. Hardy singled and Nolan Reimold walked with two out, and in the eighth, Ryan Flaherty singled and Machado walked.

“It's September baseball, when you can pitch that many pitchers. It doesn't happen in August or whatever. It's a whole different thing. You've got to be ready for all the things, whether it's the guy last night or the five, six, seven guys they used today out of the bullpen. That's where you are in September. We just didn't score,” Showalter said.

The Orioles were shut out for the 11th time this season, and it was the second time this season they’ve been blanked in consecutive games.

Chris Davis, who has been robbed of five home runs, struck out twice to run his season total to 201, the seventh 200-plus strikeout season in major league history.

NOTE: Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 4.16) faces Henry Owens on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

MORE ORIOLES: Jones missing again from Orioles lineup

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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