Mi­ley helps O’s end skid at five games


The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - BY ED­UARDO A. ENCINA

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.

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