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Orioles endure painful loss to Padres after long trip

Orioles endure painful loss to Padres after long trip

BALTIMORE—Twenty-four hours after the Orioles endured a long trip to Arlington, Tex. to play a makeup game, they returned home to resume their homestand. 

Playing a team full of unknowns, the Orioles were undone by a horrid seventh inning from Mychal Givens, and they lost 10-7 to the San Diego Padres before 23,876 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night. 

Givens (5-1) allowed all five batters he faced in the seventh to reach, and three of them scored. 

The only good thing for the Orioles (40-30) was that they kept their American League East lead because Boston, who trails by a game, also lost. 

Tyler Wilson had a messy outing. He allowed nine hits, walked one and hit two batters in six innings. 

Somehow, he left the game leading. 

“Tonight was one of those nights where I didn't feel like I had much of anything.” Wilson said. “And I really had to battle. Really had to force contact early in the count, and as a byproduct of that you're going to give up hits. That's just a byproduct of the way I pitch as well, which is OK. But I kind of have to force contact early, don't want to fall behind and give those guys a chance to do some damage.” 

Matt Kemp’s RBI single gave San Diego a 1-0 lead in the first. 

Luis Perdomo, a Rule 5 draft choice, making his fourth major league start retired the first eight Orioles, and then walked the ninth, Francisco Pena. 

Adam Jones’ RBI double tied the score, and Hyun Soo Kim’s single gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third. 

Wilson gave up two runs in the fourth on Derek Norris’ ninth home run and a run-scoring single by Wil Myers.

Pedro Alvarez’s two run home run to left in the fourth put the Orioles ahead 4-3. 

Alvarez added a long two-run homer to right in the fifth, and the Orioles led 6-3. He has nine home runs this season, and his first multi-homer game since Aug. 22, 2014. 

Givens came in to start the seventh, and delivered the worst outing of his career. It resulted in his first loss after seven consecutive wins as a major leaguer. 

He allowed a double to Matt Kemp, singles to Yangervis Solarte and Melvin Upton, Jr., and walked Ryan Shimpf and Derek Norris. 

“He tried to pick it up a little bit after the fact, but just never could really seem to find it. Kind of reminds he’s going to have some nights like that with his experience level where he just can’t seem to find it. He never really got a hold of it,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

While Givens left with a 6-5 lead, he presented Oliver Drake, who’d been called up from Norfolk earlier in the day, with an awful situation. 

Bases loaded, none out, and on Drake’s first pitch, he threw one in the dirt and Solarte scored with the tying run. Christian Bethancourt grounded to second. 

Jonathan Schoop looked as if he wanted to throw home to get Upton, but he fumbled it for a moment, and threw to first for the out, and San Diego (30-42) had a 7-6 lead. 

Showalter didn’t want to use Brad Brach or Dylan Bundy. Brian Duensing was injured, and needed to use Odrisamer Despaigne in the ninth inning. As a result, he’s left with Ubaldo Jimenez to start Wednesday. 

Perdomo allowed four runs in five innings. Kevin Quackenbush (5-3)  threw a perfect sixth, and Brad Hand did the same in the seventh. 

Ryan Buchter began the eighth with two outs, and then J.J. Hardy single, Ryan Flaherty walked and so did Matt Wieters. 

Fernando Rodney retired Jones on a grounder to second, ending the eighth. Rodney recorded his 15th save, but gave up a run on a single by Alvarez, his fifth RBI. 

San Diego added three runs off Zach Britton, who needed the work, in the ninth. 

Showalter knows what the club has been through the past two days, and isn’t using it as an excuse. 

“You know what? People really don’t want to hear it. They really don’t. It’d be very easy to complain about it, but we do this for seven, eight months for seven days a week and we are all lucky to do it, and no one really wants to hear about it. Having a late night and not sleeping very much, people do it every day of their lives who work 9 to 5,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: The game was delayed by rain at the start for 38 minutes. Rain delays this season have totaled five hours, 59 minutes. … Erik Johnson (0-2, 8.44) starts against Jimenez (3-7, 7.34) on Wednesday). … Delmarva C Yermin Mercedes was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week.  


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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.


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.


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.


LHP David Price (15-7) tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season.