Without Nelson Cruz, the Orioles responded Sunday with their finest offensive effort in nearly two weeks as the team's sleeping bats awoke in a 9-4 victory over the Astros in front of an announced 17,022 at Minute Maid Park.
The Orioles took advantage of Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel¿s control problems, scoring two runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning on their way to a 4-1 win over the Astros in front of an announced 29,609 at Minute Maid Park.
It may be good baseball etiquette to give a tip of the cap to the pitcher who tied your lineup in knots the way Buck Showalter has done after his club's last two losses, but no one seriously believes that Astros starters Brad Peacock and Brett Oberholtzer suddenly morphed into twin Justin Verlanders just in time to welcome the Orioles to Houston.
Nelson Cruz hit two more home runs -- his 18th and 19th of the season -- but Bud Norris put the Orioles in another early hole. And they couldn't recover in an 8-3 loss to the Brewers in the series finale at Miller Park.
The Orioles clawed their way back from the hole dug by Chris Tillman -- thanks in part to rookie Jonathan Schoop's first multihomer game -- and catcher Nick Hundley, in his first game with the club, quickly went from goat to hero in a 7-6 victory in 10 innings.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland was prepared to make his scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday when he received a call telling him he was headed to Baltimore to give a depleted bullpen an extra arm.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was not in the starting lineup for Friday¿s game against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards, but manager Buck Showalter said the team believes Machado can avoid going on the disabled list.
Left-hander Troy Patton, the Orioles' fifth reliever, gave up two runs and three hits in the 13th, sending the club to its first loss in five extra-inning games this season with an 8-7 loss to the Indians.
The Orioles nearly survived one of the worst starts in the career of right-hander Chris Tillman, but they ultimately gave up a late run to lose, 9-8, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a sloppy game that featured a combined 24 hits and 16 runners left on base.
When he was at Sunset Elementary School in Pasadena, Glynn Davis was the fastest runner in his class. He recalls that the school held a field day every year, and Davis was never defeated in the 100-yard dash.
When Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander threw a 94-mph fastball behind designated hitter Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning, it injected life into the sleepy Orioles offense. But it still wasn't enough as the Orioles lost, 7-5, in front of an announced 36,727 at Camden Yards.
Even though right-hander Preston Guilmet has been primarily a one-inning reliever pitching at Triple-A Norfolk this season, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he believes Guilmet can provide the club the length it needs.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he wouldn't be engaging in contract extension talks with any players during the season -- meaning the futures of pending free agents J.J. Hardy, Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis will be on hold until after this season ends.
Chris Tillman allowed two walks and a three-run homer to the first three batters he faced in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros before an announced Mother's Day sellout of 45,944 on Sunday at Camden Yards.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, making just his second start in 10 days, drove in the winning run with an RBI single in a two-run eighth inning, giving the Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 11,855.
In their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend at Target Field, the Orioles scored just six total runs -- and four of those came on a pair of mammoth two-run home runs by left fielder Nelson Cruz.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is pleased with the progress he has made since going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, and he said Sunday that he believes he's slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.
MINNEAPOLIS -- In Manny Machado¿s second game back from offseason left knee surgery on Friday night, he recorded his first hit, scored his first run and made his first diving play at third base in the Orioles¿ 3-0 win over the Twins.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, did some light exercises ¿ including work with a resistance band -- before this afternoon¿s game with strength coach Joe Hogarty and manager Buck Showalter is pleased with his quick progress.
First baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce was claimed on unconditional release waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, according to an industry source, but he rejected the claim, became a free agent and re-signed with the Orioles.