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Orioles run drought continues as they drop third straight

Orioles run drought continues as they drop third straight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – That seven-game winning streak to start the season seems so long ago now.

Since then, the Orioles have lost eight of 12 games, and now have dropped consecutive series and three straight for the first time this season.

On Tuesday night, the Orioles hit into three double plays in a disheartening 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 10,988 at Tropicana Field.

“The difference was we couldn't get anything to find a spot to fall in,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I think the key to the game was them defensively. We hit four balls on the button that they defended. That’s a tribute to them. Would have liked to create a couple opportunities we could cash in on. But they did, too.

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs in six innings, but it was hardly good enough.

Kevin Kiermaier hit an 0-2 pitch by Jimenez for a two-run home run in the sixth, and that was enough for the Orioles to lose.

“It’s hard when you give up a home run and lose a game because of one bad pitch. 0-2, I just wanted to go up and in. I didn’t want to throw anything close to the zone, but I left it right in,” Jimenez said.

Enny Romero (1-0) got the win in relief of Jake Odorizzi as the Orioles continued to flail away at bat. They’ve scored just two runs in the last 27 innings.

In the second inning, Mark Trumbo singled with one out and J.J. Hardy followed with a double, but runners stayed on second and third as Pedro Alvarez struck out and Jonathan Schoop flied to center.

Chris Davis led off the fourth by flicking an opposite field double to left. Davis scored on Trumbo’s single to left. While Trumbo took second on the throw home, Hardy walked and Alvarez singled to load the bases.

Schoop popped to short, and Caleb Joseph hit into a double play, ending what could have been a most productive inning for the Orioles (11-8).

“Bases loaded, we need to score some runs there and take a little bit of pressure off Ubaldo. He had some high-stress innings. We’ve got to execute a little better in that situation. More times than not this season we have. Me personally, we’ve got to pick it up. We’ve got to get that run in. Multiple runs,” Joseph said.

Tampa Bay (10-10) wasted plenty of scoring chances, too. Logan Forsythe led off the first with a double, moved to third on Jimenez’s wild pitch. After Brad Miller grounded out to first, Evan Longoria grounded sharply to short. Hardy’s throw to home nailed Forsythe.

In the second, the Rays had second and third with one out, but again were thwarted by Jimenez (1-2).

They scored in the third after they had second and third with none out, but Adam Jones’ running catch on Desmond Jennings’ fly ball limited the damage to a run.

Once the Rays took the lead, Schoop and Jones hit into double plays with none out in the seventh and eighth.

Jimenez’s start was for naught thanks to Kiermaier.

“It just [stinks] for a guy to put in a performance like that and keep grinding and grinding and to one pitch dictate it and usually that’s what happens. He’s a pesky hitter. He’s got just enough pop to scare you a little bit, so I thought Ubaldo did a really nice job getting out of those jams for sure. He gave us some length today. It was unfortunate. He deserved a W today,” Joseph said.

Alex Colome got the final two outs in the ninth for his fifth save.

“It hasn’t been easy for me the last three games. Every inning, I have to work hard to get out of the inning, but I’ve been able to battle. I haven’t given up. I find a way to get back and get the next hitter out,” Jimenez said. “A game like that, I’m going to be able to win it, but right now we haven’t been able to score a lot of runs, but we have a pretty good lineup and one of these days, they’re going to start doing what everybody’s expecting.”

NOTES: The Orioles have been held to one run or fewer in three straight games for just the second time in four seasons. … Since starting the season by hitting in 16 straight games, Manny Machado is 0-for-13. …The Orioles had gone 13 straight games without a quality start before Jimenez’s. … … Alvarez has consecutive games with two hits. … The Orioles have lost consecutive series for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2015. … Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.42) faces Matt Moore (1-1, 3.60) on Wednesday night.

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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

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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."

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