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Orioles Halt Five-Game Losing Streak Behind Wade Miley

July 8, 2017
Baltimore Orioles left-handed starter Wade Miley threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Orioles to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Minn. July 8. The victory halted a five-game losing streak and was the Orioles' first win against the Twins this season in six tries.

Miley scattered eight hits and walked three batters over his 107-pitch performance, but the only damage was a solo home run by Twins designated hitter Miguel Sanó in the bottom of the third. Miley's effort was the deepest an Orioles starter has gotten into a game since July 2, when right-hander Kevin Gausman threw seven shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It also ended a porous run of outings for Miley, who had allowed four or more runs in each of his previous six starts. It was Miley's best start since June 1, when he threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Boston Red Sox.

Miley was followed by 3 1/3 scoreless innings from Baltimore's bullpen. Right-hander Darren O'Day inherited a two-on, two-out situation from Miley in the sixth inning. O'Day escaped the inning with a strikeout of Eduardo Escobar after hitting Brian Dozier to load the bases. Right-handers Mychal Givens and Brad Brach finished the game with a combined three scoreless innings, with Givens pitching the seventh and eighth and Brach, the ninth.

Jonathan Schoop, who started at shortstop for the first time in his big league career July 8, hit a long two-run homer to left field to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Baltimore added to its lead in the sixth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Joey Rickard and Manny Machado made the score 3-1, and a well-timed error later in the inning by the third baseman Escobar turned a potential inning-ending double play ball from Mark Trumbo into a run and 4-1 lead. Trumbo padded the lead in the eighth inning with a solo homer to left field.

Before the game July 8, the Orioles activated right-hander Chris Tillman off the paternity list and designated infielder Paul Janish for assignment.

Baltimore will complete its season series against Minnesota July 9 at 2:10 p.m. Ubaldo Jiménez (3-4, 6.64 ERA) will face Kyle Gibson (5-6, 5.82 ERA).