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Kevin Gausman's Strong Outing Helps Orioles Break Six-Game Skid

September 14, 2017
Despite their continued lack of offense, the Orioles managed to break their six-game losing streak. 

Right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched seven strong innings, and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, at Rogers Centre Sept. 13.
 
The Orioles are 72-74, and while the win helps, they'll need an extraordinary push during the final 16 games to get back in the postseason conversation.
 
Gausman allowed a run on six hits, picking up his 11th win and lowering his ERA to 4.83.
 
Right-hander Darren O'Day pitched a perfect eighth, and a night after his second blown save of the season, left-hander Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth on just six pitches. He allowed a one-out single to Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales, but Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar quickly grounded into a game-ending double play.
 
The win was the Orioles' fifth consecutive one-run victory, and Britton recorded the team's first save -- and his first one -- since Aug. 30.
 
Despite the win, the offense still struggled. The Orioles have scored just 12 runs during their last seven games.
 
Both of their runs were unearned, as shortstop Tim Beckham began the game by reaching on an error by Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson.
 
Center fielder Adam Jones scored Beckham with a two-out double, and left fielder Trey Mancini followed with a triple.
 
The Orioles didn't score after the first inning, though they did load the bases with no one out in the fourth, but right fielder Seth Smith struck out and catcher Caleb Joseph grounded out into a double play.
 
Now, the Orioles will move on to Yankee Stadium, where they've lost five of six to the Yankees and been outscored, 68-30.
 
The Orioles need a four-game sweep in the Bronx to win the season series against the Yankees, who they trail, 9-6.
 
Winning the final game against the Blue Jays gave the Orioles a 12-7 win in the season series, and they won six of 10 at Rogers Centre, a historically difficult place for the Orioles to play.
 
When the Orioles and Yankees last began a series Sept. 4, Baltimore trailed New York by 3.5 games for the first wild-card spot. Ten days later, the Orioles trail by 7.5 games.
 
The Orioles must figure a way to get Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge out. Judge, who leads the American League with 41 home runs, has nine of those in 15 games against the Orioles. Judge, who's hitting .449 in those 15 games, has 18 RBIs and has walked 19 times.
 
Judge has recorded a .602 OBP against the Orioles, and he's slugging 1.082.
  
NOTES: LHP Andrew Faulkner cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Norfolk. … Left-hander Wade Miley (8-12, 4.96) will face right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (11-11, 4.82) Sept. 14.

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