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Orioles' Seven-Game Winning Streak Ends With 11-8 Loss To Toronto

September 1, 2017
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' seven-game, feel-good winning streak ended suddenly.
 
With the Orioles leading by three in the fifth, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson came unglued, allowing a five-run inning. In the sixth, right-hander Mychal Givens allowed a three-run home run to Kendrys Morales, the second of the Toronto Blue Jays' designated hitter's three homers.
 
The Orioles' 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays before 13,802 at Oriole Park Aug. 31 was painful because Hellickson seemed to be on his way to an acceptable outing.
 
Morales hit a two-run home run in the third, but the Orioles, as they had been lately, were outhitting Toronto. For the game, they had 16 hits to the Blue Jays' 11.
 
Morales had a career-high seven RBIs on his three homers, plus an RBI single in the five-run fifth. Each of Toronto's runs came with two outs.
 
Hellickson, who walked four, issued one to Josh Donaldson with two outs in the fifth, and then he imploded.
 
"Command was a little off. I just fell behind on way too many guys," Hellickson. "Too many walks. This has happened way too many times this year. I mean, two outs, no runs. Just like that, there was a five-spot up there. So, I've got to find a way to get that third out that inning."
  
Hellickson allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings.
 
"We scored eight runs. That's tough," Hellickson said. "I don't know, when you score eight runs you've got to win the ballgame. This offense is too good to give up that many runs. You've got to make it easy on them sometimes."
 
For a while, it looked as if the Orioles were on their way to their eighth straight win. Baltimore hasn't won eight in a row since April 22-May 1, 2005.

The end of the seven-game streak dropped the Orioles 2.5 games behind Minnesota, currently the American League's second wild-card team. The Orioles are 68-66.
 
Manager Buck Showalter said he didn't need a reminder of how difficult it will be to make the postseason.
 
"Our guys don't. They know. We've played, what, 130-something games, and it's real hard," Showalter said. "There's a lot of good things [that] have to happen. It's not just pitching, and we did a lot of good things tonight. We just didn't pitch well enough to win the game, obviously. But a lot of good things happened. We finished up a good month in August when a lot of people are really challenged physically. And I'm real proud of the month our guys put together to get back in this."
 
The Orioles finished August 17-11, their only winning month since April.
 
Tim Beckham had three more hits, giving him 50 in August, second-most in a month in club history. The shortstop trails only legendary shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., who had 53 in September 1983. Ripken watched the game from a front-row seat.
 
"Whatever the game situation is, we expect each other to get the job done," Beckham said, "so with that being said, like I said, we're going to continue to play winning baseball and don't be surprised if you see us in the playoffs."
 
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop drove in his 100th run in the eighth inning.
 
Center fielder Adam Jones hit his 26th home run and first baseman Chris Davis his 22nd. The Orioles hit 57 home runs in August, the highest August total in Major League Baseball history. 
 
NOTES: SS J.J. Hardy is expected to rejoin the team Sept. 1. … Frederick OF Ademar Rifaela was named the Caroling League Most Valuable Player.  … RHPs Kevin Gausman (10-9. 4.98) and Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.40) are the scheduled starters for Sept. 1.

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