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Wild 10-run inning gives Orioles 14-8 win over Royals


Wild 10-run inning gives Orioles 14-8 win over Royals

BALTIMORE – The Orioles had just scored 10 runs in an inning, hit two grand slams for the first time in 29 years and registered the third straight win.

Yet, all everyone wanted to talk about was Chris Davis getting hit in his right hip by a pitch.

Davis wanted to talk about the big inning.

“I mean I think that’s really the story of this game. It’s unfortunate that we’re going to look back on this game and see all negative things and remember it for that but two grand slams in one inning against that bullpen,” Davis said.

The 10-run inning, the most in more than 13 years led the Orioles to a 14-8 win over the Kansas City Royals before 45,420 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Kansas City (83-58) has a terrific bullpen, but the Orioles (68-72) who were trailing 6-4, got grand slams by Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger in the eighth.

The Orioles are the first team in baseball history to twice hit two grand slams in an inning. Jim Dwyer and Larry Sheets did it on Aug. 6, 1986. It’s only been done eight times in baseball history.

Manny Machado also hit a homer off Kelvin Herrera (4-3), and manager Buck Showalter was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing after Davis was hit by a pitch.

Franklin Morales threw a pitch that hit Davis. He glared at Morales, snapped his bat and angrily walked down to first with Showalter walking with him.

Showalter stood at first, and argued that Morales should have been thrown out. CC Sabathia threw a ball over Davis’ head in one at-bat Wednesday and then hit him in the next at-bat.

“Chris has certainly had his share of that. It just happened in New York twice. You get to a point to where your nose is rubbed in it. Sometimes it's harder to do what Chris did than what some other people might have done. It gets tough time and time again turning the cheek but our guys responded well to it,” Showalter said.

“Whatever comes our way, we'll handle it. You react to things you don't think are very ethical and you move on.”

Kansas City has had its share of incidents this season.

“In that situation you lose your head a little bit, your emotions are high,” Davis said. “Hopefully, it's done with."

Both teams were warned about intentionally throwing at hitters.

“The pitch wasn't at my head. It wasn't dirty. I get it. When you're getting lit up a little bit, there's frustration and I appreciate that it wasn't at my bean like it was the other night. But like I said, it's an emotional game and sometimes your emotions get the best of you, but hopefully that's where it stops."

Trailing 6-4, Jonathan Schoop led off with a double off Herrera. Clevenger grounded to Mike Moustakas at third, but Moustakas booted it for an error.

J.J. Hardy tried to bunt, but struck out. Gerardo Parra singled to load the bases.

Reimold’s grand slam, the first of his career, put the Orioles ahead for the first time in the game, 8-6.

The ball hit the top of the foul pole, but Reimold didn’t see it happen.

“I thought going around the bases they were going to challenge it and it was going to be taken away. And it would just be a strike. Didn’t want to be disappointed,” Reimold said.

Morales surrendered Machado’s 28th home run of the year.

Adam Jones singled, and then Morales hit Davis.

Steve Pearce’s double scored Jones, and the Orioles had a six-run inning and led 10-6.

Schoop walked to load the bases, and Clevenger hit his first career grand slam off Joba Chamberlain, and it was a 10-run inning.

“To be honest with you, I thought the grand slam was the inning before. I didn’t realize we had hit two grand slams until I heard it on the TV in the batting cage. It was good. It was surreal to get some runs off their bullpen and get some confidence going into this series,” Clevenger said.

Mychal Givens (2-0) got the win.

Lorenzo Cain homered twice for Kansas City.

Mike Wright started and allowed four runs on four hits in five-plus innings.

Dariel Alvarez hit his first major league home run in the third.

NOTES: Showalter was ejected for the second time this season and the 29th time of his career. …The Orioles went over the 2 million mark in home attendance. The crowd was the Orioles’ ninth sellout of the season. …Yordano Ventura (10-8, 4.34) faces Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.15) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be telecast by FOX. … The Oriole are now 3-62 when trailing after seven innings. Kansas City is 63-3.

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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."