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Wieters' 11th inning home run gives Orioles 2-1 win

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Wieters' 11th inning home run gives Orioles 2-1 win

BALTIMORE – Most of the evening belonged to Nick Markakis. But, in the end it was Matt Wieters who won the night.

Markakis enjoyed a great ovation in his return to Baltimore with the Atlanta Braves, and he was the usual pesky hitter, going deep into counts, and giving some offensive life to his team.

There was only so much Markakis could do, and Wieters finally hit a game-ending home run in the 11th inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves before 26,256 at Oriole Park on Monday night.

The evening began with Markakis receiving a long standing ovation from the fans. Kevin Gausman stepped off the mound and let the cheering continue.

“I was pretty proud of how everybody responded to him. It was one of those things where we were all in the dugout wanting to applaud too, but you kind of did it with your heart and not your hands,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Markakis went 2-for-5 with a first inning double and an eighth inning single, but he could only watch when Wieters led off the 11th with a home run to right-center field on a 1-0 pitch from Luis Avilan (2-4), the fifth pitcher for the Braves (46-53).

It was Wieters’ fourth game-ending home run of his career.

“It won’t ever get old. It’s a great feeling, to put a good swing on the ball at a time when you need it. It’s a good feeling. You’ll never get tired of it,” Wieters said.

The Orioles (49-49) have won three straight and are at .500 for the 14th time this season, tied for third most in club history.

Brad Brach (4-2) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win.

The Orioles (49-49) have won three straight.

“Right now being where we are, cherishing a win is big, to be able to keep piling up wins, and keep piling up wins because that’s what we need to do. It’s nice to get a win, but any win is a nice win,” Wieters said.

Kevin Gausman pitched 7 2/3 innings, the longest of his career. Gausman allowed six hits.

He had retired nine straight until Markakis singled with two outs in the eighth. Cameron Maybin dumped a single to right, sending Markakis to third.

Gausman exited to as loud an ovation as Markakis elicited two hours before.

"I felt pretty comfortable out there. You get through the fifth scoreless, I think that's when your confidence starts to get up. Me and [Wieters], we were on the same page the whole game,” Gausman said.

Brian Matusz struck out Freddie Freeman to keep the game scoreless.

Braves starter Alex Wood allowed just three hits to the Orioles in 7 1/3 innings.

In the ninth, Zach Britton struck out A.J. Pierzynski and then Adonis Garcia hit his second home run of the season to right field, giving Atlanta a 1-0 lead.

Atlanta called on its closer, Jim Johnson for the bottom of the ninth.

Adam Jones began the inning with an infield single. Wieters singled to center, and Jones reached third. Jones scored on J.J. Hardy’s sacrifice fly. Travis Snider lined to right and Lough struck out to send the game into extra innings.

The Orioles, most of whom played with Markakis, remember him fondly, and they liked hearing the crowd’s reaction.

“It was cool to see the ovation. I knew Orioles fans were going to give him a great ovation, and I know he appreciated it. Nick does like he always does. He answered it when the time was [right],” Wieters said.

Gausman is getting to be an expert at these special occasions, as the starter for Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium, and the guy who began Markakis’ career as a visitor.

He let the moment breathe.

“That's just one of those things, you've just got to feel out the situation. Anybody would have,” Gausman said. “What he did for this team, for the city. I think it's funny that he was still playing right here. Just kind of weird, kind of different seeing him in a different uniform. But obviously we all love him and respect him. Just one of those guys that did everything the right way. He made it pretty easy." 

Markakis was always one of Showalter’s favorites.

“We miss him,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Gausman is winless in his last 12 starts. …Hardy has a 10-game hitting streak. … In Sunday’s game, Tommy Hunter was incorrectly charged with a wild pitch. Runners were on first and second, and Caleb Joseph threw out James Loney attempting to advance to second. The runner on third advanced on a fielder’s choice. … Julio Teheran (6-5, 4.49) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6, 3.81) on Tuesday night.

 

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

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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.

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Jorge Lopez shuts down Orioles as Royals roll, 9-1

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Jorge Lopez shuts down Orioles as Royals roll, 9-1

Jorge Lopez showed some of the potential the Royals saw when they traded for him in late July, scattering five hits over a career-best seven innings and helping Kansas City rout the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 on Sunday.

The Royals completed a three-game sweep of the only team in the majors with a worse record than theirs.

The only run Lopez (1-4) allowed came in the first, when Jonathan Villar sent a mistake over the left-field wall. Lopez bounced back to strike out a career-high eight without a walk to earn his second win and first since Sept. 29, 2015, when he was still with the Brewers.

Lopez was part of the deal for third baseman Mike Moustakas at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Meibrys Viloria had his first career hit a day after arriving from Class-A Wilmington, a two-run double in the eighth. Alcides Escobar also had three hits and an RBI as Kansas City piled up 14 hits, its sixth straight game with at least 10 and the longest such streak since June 24-29, 2016.

Most of the damage came against David Hess (3-9), who allowed five runs on nine hits and a trio of Baltimore errors -- all of which came after his own mistakes during a dreadful third inning.

The first error came with nobody out, when Hess threw the ball away trying to pick Merrifield off first base. Then, with two down, Hess tried to chase Jorge Bonifacio back to second and the ball squirreled away again. Bonifacio headed for third and second baseman Breyvic Valera tried to throw him out there, but the ball bounced away for yet another error that allowed Bonifacio to score.

The Royals added a run in the fourth and three in the eighth as they wrapped up their second straight sweep. They've won three consecutive series and seven of their last eight games.

FIRST PITCH

Royals vice president Mike Swanson threw out the ceremonial first pitch to honor his 40 years in baseball. Swanson's mother, Betty, spent nearly four decades working for the Royals and Chiefs, while her son has worked for the Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks along with his time in Kansas City.

CLOSER CONCERNS

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he will try several options in the closer role after Mychael Givens blew another save Saturday night. "You've got to get people out, and pitch when you're asked and take advantage of the opportunity," Showalter said, "including Mike and some other guys."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Pedro Araujo (right elbow strain) will not pitch again this season. He's been on the DL since June 11. "He's going to be fine, I think, for next year," Showalter said, "but I don't think he'll pitch in September. I don't see any of the feedback that fits that scenario."

Royals: OF Jorge Soler (fractured left toe) experienced a setback in his rehab and will likely shut down for the remainder of the season, manager Ned Yost said. Soler went on the DL on June 16, when he was hitting .265 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

UP NEXT

The Orioles head to Seattle for three games beginning Monday night, when LHP Josh Rogers (1-0, 5.40 ERA) is on the mound. The Royals begin a trip to Cleveland and Minnesota with RHP Jakob Junis (7-12, 4.53 ERA) taking the hill against the Indians on Monday night.