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Seven-run sixth dooms Orioles in 8-3 loss


Seven-run sixth dooms Orioles in 8-3 loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –- The sixth inning turned in seemingly an instant. Seven straight two-out hits and seven runs changed a winnable game into an impossible obstacle.

The Kansas City Royals had just turned a two-run deficit into a five-run lead that the Orioles couldn’t overcome.

An 8-3 loss to the defending American League champions before 27,797 at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night was the Orioles fifth straight.

“It happened so fast you can’t even talk about it. That was a quick inning man. They were aggressive. They put up seven, in what, about 15 pitches?” Adam Jones said.

Ubaldo Jimenez had a two-run lead entering the sixth, and was a batter away from a quality start.

Eric Hosmer doubled off Jimenez (9-8) with one out in the sixth. After Kendrys Morales’ infield out, Mike Moustakas’ 14th home run tied the score at 3.

Salvador Perez’s infield single and Alex Rios’ double brought Omar Infante up. Infante hit a long drive to center, and as he slid into third with a two-run triple, Jonathan Schoop’s relay went into the Orioles dugout, and presto, it was 6-3.

After Alicides Escobar singled, Brad Brach replaced Jimenez. Brach allowed a single to Zobrist, who took second on a throw. Lorenzo Cain singled for two more runs, and Kansas City (76-48) led 8-3.

“That’s the tough thing about baseball, everything can change. We were one out away,” Jimenez said.

“I probably started leaving the ball a little bit up in the zone and they started putting a good swing on it. I don’t think the pitch to Moustakas was a bad pitch. That’s what I wanted to throw, the pitch up and in. The big mistake I made was 0-2 pitch to Infante, supposed to be up and in, I left it right down the middle.”

The seven runs and eight hits were a season high for an Orioles opponent.

“He was pitching well. He just started elevating some fastballs and they made him pay for it. He was really commanding the ball well and just didn't that inning,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Jimenez equaled a season-high by allowing seven runs on 10 hits. In eight post-All-Star Game starts, Jimenez has an ERA of 7.65.

“I’ve been struggling a little with my mechanics, but tonight I felt really good with it. It wasn’t about mechanics or anything it was just, made a couple mistakes that cost the game,” Jimenez said.

Kris Medlen (2-0) allowed three runs on five hits in six hits.

“The guy made some good pitches. We scored early, and we kept battling. They made some good pitches against us. We didn’t do too much after the fourth,” Schoop said.

Manny Machado hit Medlen’s first pitch to deep center. Lorenzo Cain appeared to catch it against the center field wall, but after a review, he was ruled to have dropped it and Machado was awarded a double.

Two batters later, Jones hit a long home run to left field, his 24th, and the Orioles (62-62) led 2-0.

Jimenez allowed two hits and a walk in his first two innings before Kansas City scored in the third on singles by Zobrist and Cain and a fielder’s choice by Hosmer.

The Orioles took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Jones’ leadoff single and a one-out double by Steve Clevenger. That was the Orioles’ last hit.

Medlen retired his final seven batters, Franklin Morales set down six straight and Luke Hochevar worked a perfect ninth.

“You're a pitch away from getting out of there and he had been making it most of the night. I thought [Jimenez] was carrying a good, crisp fastball the whole game, but we had five hits. You always tip your hat to the opposition but you get a little tired of doing that,” Showalter said.

The Orioles are tied with Tampa Bay for third place in the AL East, seven games behind Toronto and New York, and they’re 2 ½ games behind Texas for the final wild card position.

With three more games against the Royals, who have the best record in the AL and three with Texas, the Orioles will continue to be challenged on this trip.

“We’re grown men, not kids. We can’t go around here and yell and scream at somebody like you do kids. Hey, we’re grown men. We know what we need to do. We know the objective. We know how to do it. We’re major league players. We’re the cream of the crop. So we just really just have to jell and get it done. There ain’t no other way,” Jones said.

NOTES: Miguel Gonzalez (9-9, 4.73) faces Danny Duffy (6-6, 4.18). … The Orioles are at .500 for the first time since July 27, and for the 15th time this season, third most in franchise history.



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Orioles avoid three-game sweep with 2-1 win over Blue Jays

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Orioles avoid three-game sweep with 2-1 win over Blue Jays

One night after setting a dubious record for losses, the Baltimore Orioles were ready to savor a rare win against a division rival.

Rookie DJ Stewart hit his first major league home run and Baltimore used five pitchers to avoid a three-game sweep by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Wednesday night.

The Orioles bounced back one night after taking their 108th loss of the season, the most since moving to Baltimore in 1954. They remained three away from the franchise mark set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

"I was thinking about it tonight how many times I walked down that long hall to get here after a great win, trying to temper the enthusiasm," manager Buck Showalter said. "I still feel elated after we win a game and then I think about all the good things that went on, especially defensively tonight."

Jimmy Yacabonis started for Baltimore and threw four scoreless innings, followed by Mike Wright (4-2), who blanked the Blue Jays over two innings. Miguel Castro allowed a solo homer to Billy McKinney in the eighth that cut the lead to 2-1 before Tanner Scott managed the final out of the inning.

Mychal Givens picked up his eighth save for Baltimore.

Stewart, who was promoted Sept. 11 from Triple-A Norfolk, gave the Orioles the lead when he led off the third with a towering shot off Estrada that caromed off the right-field foul pole. He also had a double in the seventh and scored an insurance run on a single by Cedric Mullins off Tim Mayza.

"I've felt comfortable every at-bat pretty much," Stewart said. "I think there was one at bat I kind of went up there chasing a little bit, just trying to get that hit. I felt comfortable for the most part, but whenever you see one fall for the first time, it's a little bit of a relief that not only are you feeling well but you're seeing the results also. It was definitely big for me."

Toronto won the season series 14-5.

"Any chance you have to try and sweep a team is a big one," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We have had a pretty tough year ourselves so you try to build and win as many games as you can."

The Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (7-13) bounced back from his previous outing when he tied a career-high by allowing eight runs against the Yankees. He was charged with one run and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings.

"It was a good outing. I made a lot of good pitches," Estrada said. "One got away from me and the kid hit it out, Congrats to him. Weren't too many hard hit balls."

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the fourth against Yacabonis, who was making his fifth career start. However, he escaped the jam when Kendrys Morales hit a fly ball to Adam Jones, who threw out McKinney trying to score from third. It was Jones' 99th career assist and first in right field.


Blue Jays C Russell Martin has not played since Sept. 3. Manager John Gibbons wants to give Luke Maile and rookie Danny Jansen an extended look behind the plate.


Orioles: Rookie C Chance Sisco will not travel with the team to New York. He took a foul ball off his mask Sunday against the White Sox and is still waiting to be cleared from concussion protocol.


Blue Jays: Sam Gaviglio will start the opener Thursday in Tampa Bay. He has gone 1-8 since July 20 and lost both games against the Rays this season.

Orioles: Rookie Yefry Ramirez (1-6, 5.50 ERA) will make his 11th start Friday in New York. He tied a career high with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the White Sox.

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Orioles tie franchise record for losses with 107th loss of 2018


Orioles tie franchise record for losses with 107th loss of 2018

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles lost their 107th game, tied for most in a season since their arrival in 1954, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Monday night.

Rookie Ryan Borucki pitched eight innings of three-hit ball for the Blue Jays, who have won 13 of 17 games between the two bottom teams in the AL East.

Toronto stands 25 games better than the Orioles, whose 43-107 record is worst in the majors. The only other Orioles team with 107 defeats was the 1988 club, which started 0-21 on its way to a 54-107 finish.

This Baltimore team has been blanked 15 times and owns a major league-worst 26-49 record at home. Only 8,198 fans showed up at soggy Camden Yards to watch yet another defeat.

The franchise record for losses is 111, by the 1939 St. Louis Browns. After going 54-100 in 1953, the Browns moved to Baltimore. The major league record is 120 losses, set by the expansion New York Mets in 1962.

Borucki (4-4) struck out seven and walked one in his 15th career start. The left-hander allowed two runners to reach third base, one of whom got there during a near triple play.

With runners on first and second and no outs in the Baltimore third, Austin Wynns hit a low liner to shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who gloved the ball and then let it drop to the ground. The ploy caught the Orioles flat-footed, and Toronto turned a 6-4-3 double play before Baltimore's Renato Nunez barely beat the relay to third base.

The Blue Jays got all the offense they needed in the third inning against Evan Phillips, who was obtained from Atlanta in the July 31 trade that sent Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day to the Braves.

Making his first major league start, Phillips (0-1) retired the first five batters he faced before Kevin Pillar doubled, Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI single and Danny Jansen homered to left.

Pillar homered in the seventh, and Aledmys Diaz went deep in the ninth.