BALTIMORE -- Entering the Orioles' game against the Oakland Athletics Aug. 21, left-hander Wade Miley had just one quality start in his previous 14. But he delivered against Oakland, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing two runs during the Orioles' 7-3 win before 16,020 at Oriole Park.
Miley had a good statistical start to his season. On June 1, after he pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits during a win against Boston, Miley had a 2.82 ERA.
But by July 25 -- after 10 consecutive outings without a quality start -- Miley's ERA had ballooned nearly three runs a game to 5.69. It's come down somewhat since then to 5.11.
His other most recent quality start also came against the Athletics, when he allowed an unearned run in seven innings Aug. 10.
"He had an extra day or so of rest," manager Buck Showalter said. "Sometimes, when you face a team [for the] second time, it's kind of nice to know they know what he's going to feature. … He had a couple of big double-play balls."
The Orioles turned three double plays during the win.
Come this offseason, Miley hopes to make the Orioles' decision regarding his status on the team an easy one. Right-handers Jeremy Hellickson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman will all be free agents. Righties Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman may be the team's only holdovers.
The Orioles would like a starting left-hander, and Miley has a $12 million team option for next season.
With a 7-10 record and a major league-leading 76 walks, has Miley done enough to justify the Orioles retaining him at $12 million for next season?
"I just want to go out here and give us a chance to win every night. I try not to think about all that," Miley said. "Just play the game because I love the game and let the rest of it fall where it falls."
Miley was supported by center fielder Adam Jones, who had his 21st four-hit game and two home runs. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer in the fifth and has 27 home runs and 91 RBIs.
Jones was happy to see Miley post the quality start.
"He worked until the seventh -- that's all we ask out of the starting pitcher," Jones said. "Go as long as you can, and he did it today. He did a great job. Throwing strikes and using our defense, attacking the zone."
NOTES: Schoop and Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. It was the 10th set of back-to-back home runs for the Orioles. Schoop has been involved in six of them. … The Orioles' Sept. 10 game at Cleveland will be featured on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball." The game, which was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m., will begin at 8:05 p.m. … Norfolk INF Paul Janish was granted his release. He's taken a coaching job at Rice University. … Oakland's Boog Powell, who is scheduled to meet Orioles great Boog Powell Aug. 22, hit his first major league home run. He needs just 338 to tie the other Boog on the all-time home run list. … Right-handers Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 6.47) and Paul Blackburn (3-1, 3.46) are the scheduled starters for Aug. 22. … LHP Zach Britton got the final out for his 60th consecutive successful save converted. … SS J.J. Hardy played all nine innings for Triple-A Norfolk in his first rehab start and was hitless in three at-bats with two walks.