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Machado has grand slam in 6-run inning as Orioles win 11-2

Machado has grand slam in 6-run inning as Orioles win 11-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Everyone talks about the great plays Manny Machado makes. Sometimes, his hitting goes relatively unappreciated. 

It’s hard to believe that someone with Machado’s stats—34 home runs, 90 RBIs and a .306 average can be overlooked. 

On Tuesday night, Machado hit his third grand slam home run of the season, and drove in five runs to lead the Orioles to an 11-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 12,207 at Tropicana Field. 

The win was the Orioles’ fourth in the last five games, and put them within one game of the AL East lead. 

Machado’s grand slam keyed a six-run fourth, the second big inning as in as many nights for the Orioles.

“When they start talking about MVPs, they’ve got to talk about him, too,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s been an honor to watch him play every day.”

The Orioles (76-62) had 14 hits and three home runs. Besides Machado, Chris Davis and Adam Jones homered. Davis left the game with a sore left hand in the fifth inning, three innings after he hit his 35th home run.

Davis, whose hand has been bothering him since April, will try and play Wednesday. 

“It’s pretty much been bothering me all season, but you keep playing through it,” Davis said. “Some days it hurts, some days it hurts more.”

With the game tied at 1, the Orioles scored six runs in the fourth off Jake Odorizzi (9-6) to take a 7-1 lead. 

Machado’s grand slam was the big hit and J.J. Hardy had a two-run double. 

Davis hit his 35th home run of the year with one out in the second to tie the score at 1. 

Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs, one unearned in five innings to get just his second win in his last 13 starts. 

Gallardo (5-7) gave up a leadoff home run to Logan Forsythe in the first. It was Forsythe’s 18th, and was the second straight time Gallardo allowed a leadoff home run. Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit a first pitch home run off Gallardo on Aug. 31. 

Tampa Bay (58-79), which fired its hitting coach Derek Shelton, earlier in the day, again looked listless on offense. 

Davis singled to lead off the fifth. With one out, Matt Wieters walked and Jonathan Schoop was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Hardy doubled to score Davis for a 3-1 lead. Pedro Alvarez walked with two outs to load the bases, and Machado hit his 34th home run. 

“We're playing small ball. We're not just hitting homers and driving in a couple runs. Guys are getting on base hitting singles, doubles, doing the little things that give us opportunities to have that big inning. I think people are overlooking how well we are executing and hitting in key situations,” Machado said. 

Gallardo allowed an unearned run in the fourth when Machado was charged with a throwing error in an attempt to get Brad Miller. 

Brian Duensing, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday, pitched a scoreless sixth. Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart and Tommy Hunter combined for three scoreless innings. 

Machado and the other players are watching Boston and Toronto. 

“We come in here and the games are on. We know what's going on on the other side. Obviously, we want those guys to lose. We want to put ourselves in a good position. But at the end of the day, if we don't get the W, none of that's going to matter,” Machado said. 

The Orioles scored on an error in the seventh, Jones’ 26th home run in the eighth, and RBI singles by Alvarez and Machado in the ninth.

“This is a tough place to play. You have to be a self-starter. You’ve got to get yourself ready to play because next thing you know, you can get ambushed. They’re capable of good baseball. We faced one of the best pitches in the American League today,” Showalter said. 

“He had like eight pitches in the first inning, and before you know it…We had a lot of good at-bats after that first inning. I think we wore him down,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles will go for a three-game sweep on Wednesday.

“Things are starting to click for us, we're starting to play as a team. It's been fun for the last couple days. It's been fun doing what we're doing. We're excited for the rest of September, and we're going to see what happens in the long run,” Machado said. 

NOTES: The Orioles have 218 home runs. They have the second most in history, behind only the 1996 club that hit 257. ... Dylan Bundy (8-5, 3.47) faces Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.94) on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. 

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Showalter confirmed the dismissal Wednesday in a text message to The Associated Press.

A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles' career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver. He took over in August 2010 and orchestrated the resurgence of a team that suffered through 14 straight losing seasons.

Once hailed for making baseball in Baltimore relevant again, the 62-year-old Showalter is out of a job after a season in which the Orioles finished 47-115, 61 games behind Boston in the AL East. His contract expired at the end of October, and the Orioles opted against a renewal as they continue a major rebuild that began in late July, when they traded stars Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman for minor league prospects.

Those deals were made by Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations, whose future with the organization is up in the air.

Showalter earned AL Manager of the Year honors in 2014 after taking the Orioles to the AL East title and a berth in the Championship Series. He was also named Manager of Year with the Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004. His career record is 1,551-1,517, including 669-684 with Baltimore.

"I just think ever since he came here, the franchise just gained a little more accountability, gained an edge for some time," Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said before the final game of the season. "It's the end of an era. A great manager, a great tenure. I don't know if he's going to coach or manage again, but he's got grandchildren. Go golf. Relax and go sit on the golf course."

With his future in doubt, Showalter appeared undaunted during the final series of the regular season.

"You know how good they've been to me? I'm not ever going to forget that, regardless of what happens," he said.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was asked before his team's playoff game against the Yankees on Wednesday night whether Showalter was victimized by the trend toward analytics.

"I don't think Buck was a guy that ignored analytics," Melvin said. "I think it was probably a combination of how they did this year and maybe some relationships."

After the Orioles brought Showalter out of retirement, he offered renewed hope by fashioning a 34-23 finish in 2010 for a team that was 32-73 upon his arrival.

Baltimore ended a 14-year playoff drought in 2012, advancing to the AL Division Series following a victory over Texas in the wild-card game. Playoff appearances in 2014 and 2016 followed.

Last year, however, the Orioles fell to 75-87 after losing 19 of their final 23 games. Baltimore hoped the addition of starters Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner would enable the team to be a contender this year, but a horrid start quickly dispelled that notion.

The Orioles' deficit in the AL East reached double digits by April 18 and they were 8-27 on May 8. By the end of July, Baltimore fully entered rebuilding mode, leaving Showalter with the dubious distinction of overseeing a team that finished with the poorest record in the majors and one that surpassed the 1939 St. Louis Browns for most losses in franchise history.

Showalter never offered an excuse. He just grinded forward, working to prepare the team for 2019 even though he knew he might not be around to follow through.

At the outset of a season-ending series against Houston, Showalter was asked if he was thinking these might be his final days in the Baltimore dugout.

"We all have some private thoughts and emotions about that, but I don't think it serves the organization well for me to be worried about that right now," he said. "We've got some things to do these last four games that need to get done."

Showalter has a reputation as a no-nonsense manager, but his players appreciated his baseball knowledge and skill at handling a team. He made a point of talking to each of them on a regular basis, almost always offering encouragement.

"He gave me a chance," said catcher Caleb Joseph, who played six-plus years in the minors before arriving in Baltimore. "He believed in me in 2014, ran me out there and gave me a chance to be part of a championship team. He's really vouched for me ever since. I owe a lot to Buck and his loyalty. He's been a main figure here for a long time."

Sensing the end was near for the only big league manager he had ever played for, first baseman Trey Mancini said: "It's been an absolute honor to play for Buck. He's been incredible."

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

The Boston Red Sox broke a 106-year-old franchise record with their 106th victory on Monday night, clinching home-field advantage through the postseason by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 thanks to a pair of hits from major league batting leader Mookie Betts.

Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless Orioles batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far. For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and mostly likely Oakland.

The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.

The Orioles (45-111) became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60 games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It's the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.

Boston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts' two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.

Betts also singled and scored in Boston's two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs scored. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.

Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.

FOR STARTERS

Six days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. "I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don't know when," Showalter said.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night's game. ... INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.

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