Orioles: Big eighth inning can't offset Hammel's poor start

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles had one of their worst outings of the season from a starter. They also had their biggest inning of the season.

The Orioles' six-run eighth couldn't offset Jason Hammel's awful performance in a 12-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 38,061 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Hammel had a second straight dismal start. In his last two starts, Hammel (5-2) has allowed 13 runs on 18 hits in 8 2/3 innings. A week before at Minnesota, his teammates bailed him out with an exciting nine-run rally. They almost did again.

Trailing 12-4 in the eighth, Baltimore (23-18) scored six runs, but fell short.

"I made some great pitches tonight and there were some pretty bad ones. It's a matter of removing those bad ones," Hammel said.

He lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits. Alex Burnett followed, and gave up three more runs in just a third of an inning. Troy Patton gave up two more.

"I don't want to say a loss is a loss, but I felt like we were going to make a run at them somewhere, if you just keep them from scoring," manager Buck Showalter said. "We dug ourselves a pretty big hole. You get the tying run to the plate there, I'm pretty proud of them. It's very obviously we just didn't pitch well tonight as a group."

After Tampa Bay (21-20) took the eight-run lead, the Orioles scored six on Nate McLouth's triple, Manny Machado's infield out, a two-run single by Chris Davis and a three-run home run by Chris Dickerson.

Hammel was thinking that it was possible he'd get bailed out for the second straight start.

"After that inning, I thought so. It was pretty impressive. These guys can score runs. It's not the hitter's problem right now," Hammel said.

J.J. Hardy had a home run to extend his hitting streak to 12, highest on the club this season, and in his first start with Baltimore, Yamaico Navarro had two hits, including a triple. It was the first time the Orioles had two triples since July 7, 2010.

Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) got the win for Tampa Bay despite allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Joel Peralta picked up his first save.

NOTES: Jair Jurrjens has arrived, and he'll start Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. Jurrjens will have to be added to the 40-man roster. It's likely that Brian Roberts will be transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list to make room for Jurrjens on the 40-man.

Jurrjens was signed to a minor league contract in February, and has been at Norfolk. His record with the Tides is 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA.

"This [is] where everyone wants to be," Jurrjens said.

In spring training, Jurrjens was competing against Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton and Steve Johnson for the fifth starter's job. They all pitched for the Orioles this year before he did.

"I know the business. I wasn't on the 40-man and guys on the 40-man always get the first call. Those guys were pitching good at that time. You know it is part of the game. And I wasn't concentrating on when I'm going to get called up. I was concentrating on getting back to my old form and keep my mindset healthy and I was able to perform," Jurrjens said.

He was signed after Atlanta let him go last November. In six major league season, the 27-year-old is 53-37 with a 3.62 ERA.

Miguel Gonzalez threw a simulated game on Friday afternoon, and it went well. Gonzalez is likely to start on Tuesday against New York. He's been on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right thumb.

"I thought it was going to be worse but I felt pretty good actually," Gonzalez said. "I was happy, happy with my performance."

Tsuyoshi Wada seems to have come out of his first rehab start healthy, and he'll start for Norfolk again on Tuesday. Wada had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in May 2012.

Wada allowed four runs, three earned in four innings on Thursday. Showalter liked that he used all his pitches.

"Some of them went places they shouldn't have gone, coming and going," Showalter said. "It will get better, and it will have to get better."

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