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Urrutia's 1st major league HR the game-winner


Urrutia's 1st major league HR the game-winner

BALTIMORE –- Henry Urrutia was surrounded by his teammates. Jumping on top of him, congratulating him.

In his second try at the major leagues, Urrutia had finally hit a home run, and what a time it was.

For the third time in the past six games, the Orioles ended with a home run, and it was Urrutia’s turn on Wednesday night.

The 5-4 win over the New York Mets before 36,165 at Oriole Park had a look that’s become very familiar here over the past several days.

Last Friday, it was Manny Machado. On Saturday, it was Chris Davis’ turn. Now, the man who 2 ½ years ago couldn’t speak any English stood in front of his locker, telling jokes in his adopted language and admitted to being nervous.

“This is the best moment in all my career. I’ve never seen this moment before. So, it's great to be here right now,” Urrutia said.

Carlos Torres (4-5) threw the pitch on 1-2, and Urrutia hit it to the opposite field. It was the Orioles’ sixth game-ending home run this year, tops in the major leagues.

“Before my at-bat, I was thinking, 'Just make good contact.' I know I can hit the opposite field when they throw me away. When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ' I can't believe this,’” Urrutia said.

Urrutia is the fifth Oriole to hit a game-ender as his first major league home run, the first since Chris Hoiles on June 27, 1990.

“That makes this moment bigger for me. A lot of good players come here to this team and played with this organization and in their whole careers don’t have a moment like this. So this moment for me is as special, is bigger than anything,” Urrutia said.

Zach Britton (4-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

The Orioles (62-57) won despite a second straight shaky start from Ubaldo Jimenez. But, it was the second straight time Jimenez didn’t take the loss thanks to a dramatic homer. He was the beneficiary of Machado’s home run last Friday night.

Jimenez allowed three runs in five innings, but walked four.

“I guess the magic’s back. It doesn’t matter what we do, we find a way to win. That’s the way we win last year. Hopefully, this is the way to keep going the rest of the season,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez gave up a home run to the game’s second batter, Daniel Murphy.

The Orioles loaded the bases with none out in the first off Noah Syndergaard, but Chris Davis struck out and Jonathan Schoop bounced into a double play.

Jimenez walked three in the fourth inning and paid when Wilmer Flores’ RBI single scored Travis d’Arnaud from second. d’Arnaud’s walk was the second of the three.

Adam Jones doubled to start the fourth. Davis walked, and after Jonathan Schoop struck out, Steve Clevenger’s single scored Jones, and New York led 2-1.

Curtis Granderson doubled to start the fifth and scored on Murphy’s single to give the Mets (64-56) a 3-1 lead.

Davis doubled to start the sixth, and Schoop homered to left, his ninth, and the score was tied at 3.

Schoop bounced back from his two errors on Tuesday night, and encouraged Urrutia.

“I have to play better, especially this time [of the year]. I have to focus. I have great teammates, J.J., Jonesy, all those guys who said ‘Everybody has a bad day. Just get a fresh head and go get it tomorrow,’” Schoop said.

He was thrilled with Urrutia’s homer.

“I hope he enjoys it and, not forget about it, but comes back tomorrow and does the same thing,” Schoop said.

Mychal Givens retired New York in order in the sixth, but Flores led off the seventh with his 12th home run of the year for a 4-3 lead.

Jones homered with two outs in the seventh off Hansel Robles to tie the score at 4. It was Jones’ 23rd home run of the year.

The Orioles remain in the midst of the playoff hunt, and begin a four-game series with Minnesota on Thursday night.

“We've got another team fighting tooth and nail to get into the playoffs coming in here. We ain't backing into nothing. You're going to have to earn it and tonight we did against a very good team,” manager Buck Showalter said.

NOTES: The Orioles signed left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to a minor league contract. He’ll report to Norfolk. Belfiore pitched in one game for the Orioles in 2013 and was released by Detroit on Aug. 9. … Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey (1-1, 6.75) faces Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 4.42) on Thursday night. ... The Orioles stole a season-high three bases.

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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.