In the final weeks of the season the Orioles are trying to keep their wild card hopes alive, but it seems they have run into the wrong team to do so.
The Cleveland Indians, now winners of 17 straight games, defeated the Orioles, 4-2, Sept. 9.
The loss puts Baltimore at .500 again, now 3.5 games back from the Minnesota Twins for the final American League wild-card spot. The Twins play the Kansas City Royals at 7:15 p.m. E.T. Sept. 9.
After failing to score a run Sept. 8, the Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on outfielder Trey Mancini's infield single, scoring third baseman Manny Machado. Baltimore only registered two more hits on the day, one being a Tim Beckham home run that went a dozen rows back into the left-field seats.
Beckham's home run was the only Oriole hit of the day that was not an infield single or a single by outfielder Adam Jones.
Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa started the game by retiring the first seven Cleveland hitters before catcher Yan Gomes singled. Infielder Giovanny Urshela doubled in the at-bat that followed, scoring Gomes and knotting the game at one.
Ynoa ran into more trouble in the fourth when first baseman Carlos Santana doubled for the second time in as many games. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion moved Santana over to third and Jay Bruce delivered an RBI single, giving the Indians a lead they would keep.
Santana doubled again in the fifth, scoring outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and knocking Ynoa out of the game. In his first start of the season, Ynoa went 4.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking none.
However, the middle innings were mostly smooth sailing for Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin, as he retired 13 in a row before Tim Beckham homered to lead off the sixth inning. The Indians bullpen then took over, allowing only Jones to reach base on a single in the sixth.
Ynoa was not the only Oriole making his first start of the season. Outfielder Austin Hays also got his with the Orioles Sept. 9, going 0-for-2 before Seth Smith pinch hit for him in the eighth inning.
Hays got the call up to the Orioles Sept. 6 and made his major league debut Sept. 7 against the New York Yankees. The rookie hit .329 and posted a .958 OPS between High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie this year. Hays also hit .336 in short-season Class-A Aberdeen last year.
Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (6.87 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) will face Cleveland's Trevor Bauer (4.39 ERA, 1.40 ERA) Sept. 10. First pitch is set for 8:08 p.m. E.T.
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