Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez had already caught one break in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics when a grand slam by John Jaso was overturned by review and ruled a two-run double.
But Jimenez still couldn’t manage to get out of his own way, his control failing as he suffered his shortest outing in 13 starts with the Orioles.
Jimenez left the game with the Orioles trailing, 6-0, after Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss hit a monster grand slam to center field that didn’t need a review.
Jimenez, whose five walks tied a season high, opened the third inning by issuing three consecutive walks to the seventh, eighth and ninth hitters in the Athletics lineup.
Jaso then took a 1-2 pitch from Jimenez to center field that ricocheted off an object near the fence and back into the field of play. The ball initially was ruled a grand slam, giving the Athletics a 4-0 lead.
After a review initiated by crew chief Angel Hernandez, the call was reversed, two runs were taken off the scoreboard, Jaso was given a double and runner Kyle Blanks was placed at third.
Jimenez’s control problems continued as he walked Nick Punto to load the bases again. Josh Donaldson grounded to third, where Manny Machado prevented another run by throwing home to get the force out.
But Moss crushed a first-pitch splitter well over the fence in center field for a grand slam, his 16th homer of the season.
Jimenez left the game to some boos, having allowed a season-high six runs on two hits. He had allowed just two runs over his past two starts before Sunday.
But he has been wildly inconsistent in his time with the Orioles, who signed him to a four-year, $50 million deal in February. With Sunday's performance, he has allowed five or more runs in three of his last five starts, and hasn’t gone past the fifth in any of those three games.
Sunday’s outing marked Jimenez’s shortest start since April 16, 2013 against the Boston Red Sox. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings in that game, allowing seven runs, two hits and five walks.
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