Dou­ble­header sweep leaves chance at .500


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN CON­NOLLY

bal­ti­more — Manny Machado home­red in both ends of Satur­day’s dou­ble­header, lefty Wei-Yin Chen ex­celled in what could be his last start with the club and the Ori­oles kept alive their hopes of fin­ish­ing the sea­son at .500 by sweep­ing the New York Yan­kees, 9-2 and 4-3.

The Ori­oles (80-81) must win Sun­day’s sea­son fi­nale to avoid their first los­ing sea­son since 2011, Buck Showal­ter’s first full year as man­ager.

“We’re never putting our head down. Let’s move on to fin­ish­ing .500,” said out­fielder Ger­ardo Parra, who had six hits across Satur­day’s twogames. “We know we’re not go­ing to the play­offs. When the guys fin­ish strong, we feel bet­ter.”

In the sec­ond game, starter Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his third straight qual­ity start, al­low­ing three runs in six in­nings in a no-de­ci­sion. Abit of small ball won the game from there.

Chen, a pend­ing free agent this win­ter af­ter four sea­sons with the Ori­oles, walked off the mound in the opener with two run­ners on and no outs in the sev­enth to a stand­ing ova­tion.

“Of course, I no­ticed that. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the fans treat­ing me so nice here,” Chen, a Tai­wanese na­tive, said through an in­ter­preter. “This is my last start of the sea­son, so I just want to pitch a real good game for all the fans.”

Added Chen: “It’s very tough to say good­bye to all the peo­ple here be­cause dur­ing these four years we played along­side each other. There were ups. There were downs. And when I’m down, they al­ways en­cour­aged me. They helped me a lot. So I think it’s re­ally tough to say good­bye to ev­ery­body here.”

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