Victor Martinez takes parting shot at Comerica Park before starting paternity leave

Clyde Nash
May 20, 2017

They are down a couple from the middle of the lineup, as Miguel Cabrera is expected to be out still with his strained left oblique and Victor Martinez begins his three-day paternity leave today. Wednesday's 5-4 defeat dropped the Orioles to 1-5 entering the final game of its road trip - and all five defeats have come by one run.

He has allowed at least four runs in five of his past six starts, including his most recent appearance when he gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Recalled from Triple-A last Friday, Sogard has two homers and is hitting.476, including four-hit games Wednesday and Thursday in wins over San Diego. "He rolled out of bed hot", Ausmus said.

On Wednesday, Ubaldo Jiménez turned in five innings of five-run ball, but the Orioles lost for just the second time in his seven starts.

RAYS 7, INDIANS 4: Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer - his third homer in two days - and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven innings as Tampa Bay completed its most successful trip in a year.

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Davis' two-run shot in the 13th put the Orioles ahead to stay, and they snapped a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Detroit Tigers 13-11 on Tuesday night.

In the fifth inning, Adam Jones broke what was then a 3-3 tie with a solo home run that just barely scraped over the fence in left field.

Davis' 18th career multi-homer game allowed Baltimore (23-14) to survive a 5-hour, 19-minute marathon in which it squandered leads of six and three runs. Baltimore's Wade Miley permitted four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. Detroit is now 18-18 overall and 9-7 at home.

Martinez will miss the Tigers weekend series against the red-hot Texas Rangers as he heads home to Orlando, Florida to be with his wife, who is going to be giving birth to their fourth child. Detroit made it 6-4 later in the inning on Avila's run-scoring double.

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Minnesota's Ervin Santana (6-2) allowed more than one run for just the second time this season and saw his ERA rise from a league-leading 1.50 to 2.07, third in the AL.

"The first month of the season, pitching kind of offset some of the challenges we had offensively", Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. All of those runs came in the third inning. "It seems like we're always trying to dig ourselves out of a hole". Nick Martinez (0-2, 5.04) will pitch the opener against Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.34).

Orioles: Smith was shaken up in the fifth when a ball he hit bounced up and hit him in the left side of the face while he was in the batter's box. RHP Chris Tillman (1-0) starts for the Orioles against RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1).

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