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Tillman gets another loss as Rays beat Orioles 9-5


Tillman gets another loss as Rays beat Orioles 9-5

BALTIMORE –- Chris Tillman looked great in spring training. After three excellent seasons, the Orioles even discussed a long-term contract with him.

Tillman won two of his first three starts, but hasn’t won since. In losing his career-high sixth straight, he allowed five earned runs for the fourth time this season.

The Orioles’ 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 36,945 at Oriole Park on Sunday sent the Orioles on their seven-game road trip to Houston and Cleveland with a homestand that started with four wins in six games, but ends with two losses.

Tillman hasn’t won since Apr. 18.

“I’m making some good pitches but not enough. When I’m falling behind, not making that quality pitch to get out of it. It’s frustrating. It really is. But we don’t stop working, we got to get better. We all know that. And I’ve got some work to do,” Tillman said.

Delmon Young, who hadn’t homered in 115 at-bats, homered twice off Jake Odorizzi and Manny Machado also had two, but that was the extent of the Orioles’ offense.

Tillman gave up six runs, five of them earned on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“Mentally, I’m good. I feel really good with where I’m at. It’s just execution, it all comes down to execution. You make a pitch we get out of it, we are sitting here celebrating instead of going on the road with a loss. It’s unfortunate, two guys had big days like we did. We weren’t able to come out of it with a win,” Tillman said.

Adam Jones missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. He sat on the bench for some of the game, and he took the plane for Houston after the game. He missed two consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 19, 2011. 

Young homered for the first time in the first to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead, and his second homer in the third tied the score at 2.

Tampa Bay scored two runs in the second. Logan Forsythe doubled, and with two outs, Nick Franklin walked. Bobby Wilson dumped a single to short right field scoring Forsythe and Young’s throw was wild allowing Franklin to score, too.

Tillman (2-7) allowed four runs in the fifth on a walk to Evan Longoria, a single to David DeJesus and a single to right by Forsythe. Steven Souza homered to left-center, his third in three games this series. That put the Rays ahead 6-2.

Young reached base for the third time off Odorizzi (4-5) in the fifth when he walked. After Chris Davis walked to load the bases, Steve Pearce grounded out to third.

Chaz Roe relieved Tillman and struck out four batters in 1 1/3 innings. Roe has struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings since joining the Orioles (23-26).

DeJesus led off the seventh with a home run off Oliver Drake, the first run he’s allowed in the majors. It was DeJesus’ fifth, and Tampa Bay (26-25) led 7-2.

Manny Machado’s two-run home run in the seventh, cut the lead to 7-4. It was Machado’s seventh, but his first since May 11. Machado also homered to lead off the ninth.

Odorizzi allowed four runs in six-plus innings.

With two runners on, Brad Boxberger got the final two outs to earn his 15th save.

The Orioles end May with a 13-16 record. Every time the team neared .500, they backed away. What will it take for the Orioles to get hot.

“Everybody healthy. That’s what it’s going to take. Everybody on the field and that’s a part of baseball, the beauty of it. It’s 162 games. Everybody’s going to be hurt, everybody’s going to be down. We’ve just got to keep battling, keep battling, pick up each other and keep running with it. It’s a long season. We’re right where we need to be. Keep grinding. Keep playing baseball, and things will keep falling into place,” Machado said.

NOTES: Showalter said that Matt Wieters, who catches Bud Norris on Tuesday in Norfolk could join the Orioles in Houston on Thursday to be the designated hitter or he could catch Tillman in Cleveland on Friday. Wieters is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Thursday.

“I think that will be good. He's ready to go, at-bats and everything. He needs all the time, but looking forward to getting him on the fourth if everything goes well Tuesday. Or the fifth,” Showalter said.

-Machado and Young are the first pair of Orioles to homer twice in a game since Davis and Machado on Sept. 26, 2012. …Jimmy Paredes is in a 1-for-22 slide. … The Orioles open a four-game series in Houston on Monday night. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.14) faces Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.00).


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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."