“Wei-Yin has been very consistent for us and very good for us,” Wieters said. “That's why it's not hard to say it's just a blip on the radar. He works harder than anybody, and everybody is going to have [these games] at some point. You're going to have bad days and the biggest thing is learn from it and move on.”
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He allowed a single to J.J. Hardy to lead off the inning and Danny Valencia followed with a broken-bat single. Doubront (10-6) then plunked Steve Pearce to load the bases and walked Brian Roberts to tie the score at 1-1. Manny Machado added a sacrifice fly to give the Orioles a brief lead, but they couldn't score again in the frame.
And they wouldn't score again all game versus Doubront and two relievers — managing just four hits total.
“It was 13-2. It wasn't like it was 2-1. It wasn't a fun, pleasant game, but it's over with,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. “Let's come back tomorrow with a better game plan. We've got to bring it. We've got to be better. Hey, this game happened. It's over with.”
It was out of hand in the fourth. And, by the eighth, the Orioles had several reserves on the field, including Wilson Betemit, who grounded out to end the game in the ninth. Betemit was making his season debut after injuring his knee while running the bases March 25 in Sarasota.
That exhibition game was also against the Red Sox.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, Tuesday's contest counted.
In the Orioles' pursuit of the division, it actually counted twice.
“I don't think it changes the complexion,” said Showalter, whose team is now 3 ½ games behind the Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot. “I just think thank goodness it was one night. That's what's great about the game. We get to wipe the slate clean tomorrow.”