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Orioles power past Angels 9-4 on 4 homers

Orioles power past Angels 9-4 on 4 homers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning - one of four in the game by the Orioles - and Baltimore defeated the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday night in the series opener after blowing a three-run lead.

Mark Trumbo also hit a two-run blast, and Joey Rickard and Manny Machado added back-to-back solo shots for the AL East leaders who improved to 8-7 away from home. They had played just two road games since April 28 before opening a nine-game West Coast trip in Anaheim.

Angels starter Hector Santiago gave up Baltimore's first three homers before being ejected in the third inning for gesturing to home-plate umpire John Tumpane about how he was calling balls and strikes.

Davis put the Orioles ahead 6-4 with his two-out homer that just cleared the outstretched glove of left fielder Rafael Ortega. Angels reliever Jose Alvarez put his hands to his head and grimaced.

Mychal Givens (3-0) allowed two hits and no runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He had no strikeouts or walks.

Jose Alvarez (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs and one hit in one inning while striking out two.

Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop each went 3 for 5 with a run scored for the Orioles, who had 14 hits. Machado was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI.

The Angels rallied with three runs in the sixth to tie the game at 4. Johnny Giavotella had an RBI single off Mike Wright, who left with the bases loaded. Carlos Perez hit a sacrifice fly and Gregorio Petit's RBI single tied it.

Los Angeles had won six of its last seven despite having 10 players on the disabled list, including five pitchers.

Trumbo hit his team-leading 13th homer on an 0-2 pitch in the third, with it landing in the left-field bullpen of his old team.

The Angels trailed 2-1 on Perez's RBI double in the second.

Baltimore added two runs in the eighth on Nolan Reimold's sacrifice fly and Rickard's RBI single.

Rickard hit the first leadoff homer of his career in the first and Machado followed with a shot that also went to left field, the eighth time the Orioles have gone back-to-back this season.

Santiago allowed four runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings - his shortest outing this season - struck out two and walked three. The left-hander was coming off a career-high eight shutout innings while outdueling Felix Hernandez in a 3-0 win at Seattle last weekend.

Orioles starter Mike Wright gave up five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked three.

The Angels have scored 56 runs in the last nine games after getting just eight in their previous five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (right shoulder biceps tendinitis) is set to throw a bullpen session off the mound Sunday and then will toss a simulated game.

Angels: LHP C.J. Wilson (left shoulder inflammation) threw a simulated game Friday, with manager Mike Scioscia calling it "definitely a notch above" his previous session. Next up for Wilson are some rehab starts and he says he could be ready to return by the first week of June. ... OF Craig Gentry went 0 for 3 with a walk, two strikeouts and one run scored in a rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Friday. ... INF Jefry Marte was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. ... RHP Danny Reynolds was designated for assignment.

OLD HOME WEEK

Making the once-a-year trip to Anaheim brings back memories for Trumbo and Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day. Trumbo is from nearby Orange and estimated 40 family and friends came to see him, while O'Day was drafted by the Angels in 2006.

O'Day began his career in the Angels' bullpen two years later, learning from the likes of Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Justin Speier and Darren Oliver.

"I saw K-Rod two series ago and we were just talking about old times when he used to make me sit on the ground," O'Day recalled. "No rookies were allowed to sit on the bench during September. Now I'm kind of the old guy in the bullpen. I'm trying to help the young guys get better."

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00 ERA) starts the middle game of the series.

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49) takes the mound after snapping a four-game skid with a win last Monday against the Dodgers. He is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two career games against the Orioles.

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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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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.