O’s never threaten as Ar­ri­eta beats his old team


The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - BY AARON TOR­RES aaron.tor­res@wash­post.com

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.

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