O’s can’t over­come Mi­ley’s rough start in 5-2 de­feat

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Once the Ori­oles did get their hacks, they had plenty of base run­ners but scant pro­duc­tion in scor­ing chances. Fac­ing starter Michael Pineda for just four in­nings, and then four re­liev­ers for the next five, they left nine run­ners on base and five in scor­ing po­si­tion, go­ing a com­bined 0for-10 in the op­por­tu­ni­ties the Yan­kees seemed to pro­vide each in­ning.

“We know there’s op­por­tu­ni­ties, but it’s not that easy,” Showal­ter said. “They’ve got good pitch­ers. We knew that their guy is, what, eighth in the league in strike­outs?”

With four strike­outs Sun­day, Pineda now ranks sixth in the Amer­i­can League.

“We know he’s got that type of stuff,” Showal­ter con­tin­ued. “He made some pitches when he had to, and it’s that time of year when you can ap­proach games out of your bullpen a lot dif­fer­ent than you can dur­ing the sea­son. And to­day was a good ex­am­ple.”

Af­ter that first in­ning, Mi­ley set­tled in some­what, al­low­ing just one more run in the third in­ning and giv­ing the Ori­oles five in­nings. He has now al­lowed four or more runs in four of his seven starts with the Ori­oles, and has a 7.15 ERA with a 1.68 WHIP since his July 30 trade from the Seat­tle Mariners.

“You can fin­ish strong, ob­vi­ously, but the first in­ning, that hurts and puts the team on the heels and makes it tough to catch up,” Mi­ley said. “I feel you can al­ways get bet­ter, ob­vi­ously, just try­ing to bat­tle right there, just try­ing to keep us in the game, as close as pos­si­ble.”

Left fielder Steve Pearce drove in a run with a fourth-in­ning fielder’s choice, and des­ig­nated hit­ter Pe­dro Al­varez scored cen­ter fielder Adam Jones from first base with a dou­ble to left field in the fifth in­ning, but the Ori­oles left the bases loaded.

Vance Wor­ley and Oliver Drake (Navy) com­bined for three score­less in­nings of re­lief be­fore the Yan­kees tacked on an un­earned run in the ninth. Drake al­lowed a deep line drive by first base­man Tyler Austin, which hit off right fielder Mark Trumbo’s glove for a two-base er­ror. Austin moved to third on a bunt, then scored on a sac­ri­fice fly.

With the Toronto Blue Jays de­feat­ing the Tampa Bay Rays on Sun­day, the Ori­oles (74-62) fell three games back in the AL East. More un­usual de­fen­sive plays: The Ori­oles’ in­field has been equal parts steady and spec­tac­u­lar this year, and, aside from Trumbo’s er­ror, showed both Sun­day. The first in­ning ended when Chris Davis made a short-hop snag at first base, then turned for a rare 3-6 dou­ble play. Twice — in the third and in the sev­enth — sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop turned quick dou­ble plays with fast run­ners on their way to first.

Most un­usual of all might have been the fielder’s choice that ended the sixth. Short­stop J.J. Hardy fielded the ball deep in the third-base hole and threw to sec­ond for a force at­tempt, but the baserun­ner slid through the base and Schoop tagged him out. Jones jumps to 9th on O’s hit list: Jones, with his third con­sec­u­tive multi-hit game, brought his ca­reer hit to­tal to 1,497, pass­ing Paul Blair for ninth all time with the Ori­oles.

Jones is sec­ond on the team this sea­son with 141 hits.

PA­TRICK SMITH/GETTY IM­AGES

The Ori­oles’ Manny Machado tosses his bat in the third in­ning. Machado went 1-for-4 Sun­day, but the Ori­oles left nine run­ners on base and five in scor­ing po­si­tion, go­ing a com­bined 0-for-10 against the Yan­kees.

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