The Baltimore Orioles broke out with their most productive inning at the plate this season to end their losing streak, though they could have a difficult time building on that effort against one of baseball's hottest pitchers.
Adam Jones ended a 1-for-18 slump with three hits and Manny Machado stayed hot with two and two RBIs as Baltimore (66-56) scored seven runs in the third inning and snapped its four-game skid with an 8-4 victory Saturday."I think people panic a little more outside the clubhouse than we do inside the clubhouse," said Brian Roberts , who had a two-run double in the third. "We all still feel like we are in pretty good shape."
Although Machado has gone 7 for 15 in his last three games, the Orioles had hit .226 during their longest losing streak since June 21-24.
They aren't likely to have it easy as they face the red-hot Chacin (11-6, 3.18 ERA). The right-hander is 8-3 in his last 12 starts, with his 2.05 ERA over that span ranking among the lowest in the majors.
He'll try to help Colorado (58-66) win an interleague series on the road for the first time since taking two of three in Cleveland from June 20-22, 2011. The Rockies have dropped 13 of 18 in those contests since that set.
After getting a total of 13 runs from his offense over his previous six starts, Chacin received a career-best 14 from the Rockies in a 14-2 win over San Diego on Monday. He struck out six while giving up one run and five hits over eight innings.
"I think the key is I'm throwing my sinker for a strike, getting down and have to make them swing the bat," Chacin told the league's official website. "So that's what I'm pretty much doing, just throw my fastball for a strike, and then trying to mix in my breaking balls and my changeups."
Chacin has been especially tough on the road, where he's 4-3 with a 1.87 ERA in nine starts. He hasn't yielded a home run in his last eight away from home.
Chacin might not have to deal with J.J. Hardy after the Orioles shortstop was a late scratch Saturday with back spasms.
Baltimore hopes to win for the third time in eight games as it counters with Scott Feldman (2-3, 5.18), who has gone 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his last three starts - all Oriole losses.
Feldman, though, showed some improvement in his last outing, fanning eight and allowing two runs - one earned - over 5 1-3 innings before Arizona rallied late for a 7-6 victory Monday.
Feldman has been knocked around at Camden Yards since joining the Orioles, going 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA in four starts. He hasn't faced the Rockies since making two relief appearances against them in 2006.
Former Twin Michael Cuddyer has fared well against the right-hander, going 7 for 13 with two homers and three doubles in this matchup. He's also hitting .336 in 33 career games at Camden Yards.
The Rockies have been on a roll offensively, averaging 6.5 runs and hitting .316 over their last eight contests.
|August 08, 2013||Christian Friedrich||60-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 01, 2013||Tyler Chatwood||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 01, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 23, 2013||Drew Pomeranz||15-Day DL||Left bicep tendinitis|
|August 16, 2013||Francisco Rodriguez||Day-to-Day||Strained right groin|
|July 29, 2013||Jason Hammel||15-Day DL||Right forearm tenderness|
|July 14, 2013||Nolan Reimold||60-Day DL||Nerve inflammation in cervical spine|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 17, 2013||Jason Hammel||Day-to-Day||Illness|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The middle of the order keeps doing major damage for the Orioles.
Chris Davis went 4 for 5 with his major league-leading 45th home run, Adam Jones had a two-run shot among his three hits and Baltimore beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Sunday.
"A lot of hits from that 3 (and) 4 spot," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought Chris' home run was big for us."
Scott Feldman (3-3) pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first win in nearly a month. Davis scored three times and got hits in his final four at-bats.
After the All-Star slugger's two-out double off Jhoulys Chacin (11-7) in the third, Jones launched his 25th home run for a 3-0 lead.
"I'm real proud of both of them. They've been solid as a rock for us," Showalter said.
With the Orioles ahead 3-2 in the seventh, Davis and Jones hit consecutive singles against reliever Josh Outman and later scored on Brian Roberts ' one-out single.
Davis smacked a two-run drive to right-center off Edgmer Escalona in the eighth.
"When those guys get rolling, sometimes you just hope they hit it at somebody," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Most middles of the order in this league are tough to handle, and that middle of the order is about as good as anybody's. When they're swinging the bat well, it's going to be tough to get through it."
Feldman allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings for his victory since July 22.
Swept in a three-game series at Arizona earlier in the week, the Orioles returned home from an eight-game West Coast trip. They took two of three from the Rockies in the first meeting between the teams since 2007 and finished 11-9 in interleague games this season.
"It would have been a tough start to the rest of the season if we weren't able to win the series," Showalter said. "I thought Scotty's outing was big for us."
Baltimore opens a three-game set against division rival and fellow playoff contender Tampa Bay on Monday.
"This time of year, you definitely want to win as many series as you can, especially when you're at home," Davis said. "Every game is important down the stretch."
Charlie Blackmon had an RBI double for the Rockies in the seventh and later scored on Yorvit Torrealba 's groundout. Colorado arrived in Baltimore having won five of six.
Early two-out hits fueled Baltimore's offense in back-to-back games. Alexi Casilla 's RBI single off Chacin in the second scored Baltimore's first run.
On Saturday, Baltimore used three two-out hits to score seven runs in the third inning of an 8-4 win.
Chacin, who entered with a 1.87 road ERA, gave up nine of Baltimore's 15 hits and three runs over 5 1-3 innings while striking out five. The right-hander took the mound despite his grandmother passing away on Saturday. He will fly to Venezuela, but intends to make his next start Friday at Miami.
"He fought his way through," Weiss said. "He was pretty emotional and pitching with a heavy heart, but he battled and he wanted to stay out there. He competed well, kept the game in check."
In four previous home starts since he was traded by the Cubs to Baltimore on July 2, Feldman went 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA. In improving to 10-9 overall, he allowed only two hits through six innings.
The Rockies chased him with two runs on three hits in the seventh, including two doubles. Otherwise, Colorado was unable to string hits together, finishing 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
"Yeah, pretty much what it usually comes down to when you don't score enough runs," said Todd Helton , who scored Colorado's first run after a double. "He just made some pitches when he had to."
Tommy Hunter , Darren O'Day and Josh Stinson combined to work the final 2 1-3 innings behind Feldman.
NOTES: Stinson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game. Baltimore will make a corresponding roster move before Monday's game. ... Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki each had two of the Rockies' eight hits. ... J.J. Hardy (back spasms) was "100 percent better" than the previous day, but the Orioles rested their All-Star shortstop for the second straight game. Ryan Flaherty received the start and went 1 for 4 with a double. ... The University of Maryland football team attended the game and sat in the left-field stands. ... Colorado RHP Jeff Manship (0-2, 7.20 ERA) opens a three-game series Monday night at Philadelphia against RHP Ethan Martin (1-2, 6.28). ... Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.70) opposes Tampa Bay LHP David Price (6-5, 3.28) on Monday.