O’s never threaten as Arrieta beats his old team
CUBS 10, ORIOLES 3
baltimore — This time, there was no comeback. No offensive explosion or moral victory that could make the Baltimore Orioles feel good about a loss. The Orioles were beaten, 10-3, by the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night at Camden Yards, falling into another early hole but failing to climb out of it.
Twenty-four hours after scoring eight runs and erasing an eight-run deficit in a 9-8 loss, the Orioles fell behind 7-0 in the fifth inning Saturday and never threatened. Baltimore (42-48) has now lost two straight games after the all-star break, dropping further back in the American League wild-card race.
For the second day in a row, Baltimore’s starting pitcher struggled. This time, it was lefthander Wade Miley. He entered the game with a 4.97 ERA and allowing 1.75 walks-plus-hits per inning pitched. He was facing a Cubs team that had the secondbest on-base-plus slugging percentage in the National League against left-handed pitchers.
Miley became Chicago’s latest left-handed victim. He lasted 42/3 innings, surrendering seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks. He gave up two solo home runs: Albert Almora Jr. hit one in the third inning, and Addison Russell hit one in the fourth. With two outs in the fifth, after Jason Heyward tripled to center with the bases loaded to give Chicago a 6-0 lead, Miley was pulled.
Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta ensured there wouldn’t be another comeback. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner held his former team to two runs, one earned, in 62/3 innings.
One night after the Orioles compiled eight runs on 10 hits, they managed only four hits against Arrieta. He pitched around trouble in the first inning, striking out Mark Trumbo with runners on first and second and two outs. Caleb Joseph broke through with a solo home run to left field in the fifth, and Arrieta was pulled in the seventh after Ruben Tejada plated Trey Mancini with an infield single. The Orioles trailed 8-2 by then.
Anthony Rizzo added another run for the Cubs in the eighth with his 21st home run of the season to center, and Javier Baez added an RBI single in the ninth. Joseph drove in his second run of the night with a single in the bottom of the ninth, but this time there would be no further rally.
Wade Miley was hammered for seven runs in 42/3 innings.