SEATTLE -- For the last month, the Orioles' starting pitching has generally been solid, and it's carried the team along with it.
From July 17-Aug. 14, Orioles starters only had one start shorter than five innings. During that time, the Orioles went 17-11 and got back into the wild-card conversation.
On Aug. 16, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs in 4.1 innings, a night after lefty Wade Miley was pulled after 4.2 innings.
After the Orioles scored three runs against the Seattle Mainers in the top of the fifth Aug, 16, Jimenez gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning, and his team was on its way to a 7-6 loss before 33,448 at Safeco Field.
The Orioles finished their 10-game West Coast trip at 4-6, losing two of three against Los Angeles and Seattle and splitting four games in Oakland.
"They all stink," catcher Caleb Joseph said of the losses. "I personally like losing 10-zero than by one run just because you get some momentum and especially late in the ninth inning, you feel a comeback coming.
"Those type of games, when you win like that on the road, it can really build momentum. It doesn't mean we can't start the next homestand with momentum, but it does. It stings. Those are the type of games … the reality is we kind of put ourselves in that hole early on. We had some opportunities against their starter and we could have pushed across more runs there."
While the Orioles are certainly still in the playoff hunt, trailing the Angels by three games with three against them this weekend in Baltimore, there were several games they thought they had a chance to win.
"It's one of those games you can look back at seven or eight things over the course of the game," manager Buck Showalter said. "But you know what? We're headed back to Baltimore. It's been a long trip. We have a chance to roll the dice the last six weeks and that's what we hope to do -- compete with a chance to play in October. We're still engaged in it."
Shortstop Tim Beckham continued his hot hitting with two hits. Beckham has 11 multi-hit games in his first 17 with the Orioles and is batting .485 with his new team.
Beckham got the Orioles off to a hot start with a leadoff home run, his 17th of the season.
Trailing 7-4 in the ninth, the Orioles nearly pulled off an incredible comeback. Seattle reliever Edwin Diaz loaded the bases to start the ninth, and after catcher Caleb Joseph scored on third baseman Manny Machado's sacrifice fly to center, second baseman Jonathan Schoop was called out on strikes.
Diaz hit left fielder Trey Mancini and designated hitter Mark Trumbo with pitches, and the Orioles were behind, 7-6.
Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, who had one career save in his previous 465 major league games, struck out first baseman Chris Davis on three pitches to end the game.
The Orioles leave the coast and play 16 of their next 19 at home.
"I assess it that it's over, it's behind us, whatever happened," Showalter said. "There was a chance for it to be better. I'm not going to say a chance for it to be worse. I'm not going to look at it that way. We had some opportunities and we also won some games in tough places and stayed engaged in the competition, and we've given ourselves a chances these last six weeks."
NOTES: The Orioles optioned OF Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for OF Anthony Santander, a Rule 5 choice, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. Rickard is batting .254 with four home runs and 16 RBIs. Santander has yet to play this season. ... Center fielder Adam Jones did not play Aug. 16. "Sore, just wear-and-tear, just trying to give him the benefit of two days," Showalter said. "His durability is amazing." … After an off-day, the Orioles begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angles Aug. 18. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.50) will face left-hander Andrew Heaney (2017 debut).
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