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The Orioles lose third straight as they fall 5-4 to the Rangers

July 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

By Logan Levy

The Orioles are in danger of losing 70 games before the All-Star break as the Texas Rangers took the first of a three-game series, which resulted in Baltimore’s 69th loss of the season. In a game where the Orioles had plenty of scoring chances, the offense squandered under pressure, while the bullpen struggled.

Alex Cobb took the mound for Baltimore, and he was impressive, despite picking up his 12th loss of the season. He went 6 1/3 and picked up three strikeouts while allowing two earned runs. Cobb allowed a solo homer in the fifth. Before leaving in the seventh, he allowed a hit to Robinson Chirinos.

Tanner Scott entered the game for Cobb, and he struggled in this appearance. Scott went 1/3 while allowing three earned runs and walking two batters. Jhan Marinez finished the seventh inning for Scott as he went 1/3 on only two pitches.

After a disastrous top of the seventh inning, the Orioles were down 5-1, but Baltimore battled back. Cole Hamels walked Mark Trumbo, which loaded the bases,  but Trey Mancini struck out looking. With two outs, Caleb Joseph picked up a three-RBI double to cut the deficit to one.

In the eighth inning, Baltimore loaded the bases again, but Danny Valencia struck out, and Chris Davis popped out to retire the side.

Jonathan Schoop flied out to end the game as the Orioles inch closer towards a much-needed break. Baltimore returns to the field Saturday night for game two against the Texas Rangers. Yefry Ramirez will start for the Orioles, while Martin Perez will take the mound for the Rangers.

Quick Hits

Jimmy Yacabonis may not start on Sunday due to an illness, according to Buck Showalter.

Austin Wynns will be recalled from Norfolk, while Chance Sisco has been optioned to Norfolk, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

The Orioles were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Friday night.

Manny Machado and Adam Jones combined to go 1-for-7 with one walk.