Miley helps O’s end skid at five games
ORIOLES 5, TWINS 1
minneapolis — As their season has gone into free fall, the Baltimore Orioles haven’t played many crisp games of late. But their winning formula came together for a victory Saturday.
Going into Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, their final road trip of the first half already had become a reel of losing on repeat. But the Orioles were able to stem their slide with their most complete game of the trip, beating the Twins, 5-1, after losing their first five games of this seven-game road swing.
The Orioles (41-46) ended their five-game losing streak by finally getting a decent starting pitching performance. Struggling lefthander Wade Miley (4-7) was one out shy of a quality start, allowing one run in 52/3 innings in his final outing before the all-star break.
“It was a good way to end it,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s why these guys are who they are. They don’t run away from their struggles. They want to get back and make the contributions that they’re asked to make. That’s very typical of Wade.”
After posting an 11.69 ERA over his previous six starts, Miley was in danger of losing his rotation spot, but Showalter wanted to grant him the opportunity to go into the break on a positive note.
“Definitely better, something to build on,” Miley said. “I thought I was in a way better place out there mechanically with staying back over the rubber longer, and it allowed me to do a lot more out front. But, yeah, definitely a positive to take into the all-star break.”
All-star Jonathan Schoop — making his first career start at shortstop — put the Orioles up early with a mammoth two-run homer off Twins left-hander Adalberto Mejía. The blast went an estimated 462 feet and landed in the second deck of the left field stands.
Mark Trumbo also drove in two runs, one coming on a solo homer off left-hander Buddy Boshers in the eighth. It was Trumbo’s 14th homer of the season and his fourth in his past nine games.
Joey Rickard and Manny Machado had two hits apiece and combined for back-to-back doubles that scored a run in the sixth.
The only run Miley allowed came in the third inning on Miguel Sanó’s 21st homer of the season.
The Orioles left-hander definitely made himself work. He allowed at least two base runners in four of his six innings, including three times after retiring the first two batters of the inning. Miley overcame 11 base runners by working ahead in the count and using his breaking pitches.
Orioles starter Wade Miley limited the Twins to one run Saturday despite allowing eight hits and walking three in 52/3 innings.