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Machado lifts Orioles in 14th inning

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have too much else going on to be overly excited about ending their miserable run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Manny Machado blooped an RBI single that eluded left fielder Matt Joyce's desperate dive with two outs in the 14th inning, and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep and remain atop the AL East.

With their 81st victory -- and 13th in a row in extra innings -- the Orioles are assured no worse than a .500 record for the first time since 1997.

"There's a bigger goal in mind," manager Buck Showalter said. "That wasn't the goal from Day One this spring. Really, Day One of the offseason. It's watching other teams for years and saying, `We want to do what they're doing. We'd like to get a chair at the dance, you know?"'

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It's been an incredible season for the Orioles, who finished in the cellar in each of the previous four years. Baltimore (81-62) remained in a first-place tie with the New York Yankees, who beat Boston 2-0 on Thursday night.

After briefly celebrating a victory that capped a 5-2 homestand against the Yankees and Rays, the Orioles packed in the clubhouse for a trip to Oakland.

"It makes that West Coast trip a little easier when you win," said closer Jim Johnson, part of a bullpen that kept Tampa Bay scoreless on four hits over the final 6 2/3 innings. "You can enjoy it for a little bit, the five hours you're on the flight, but that's about it."

The Rays fell four games back in the division by virtue of yet another one-run defeat punctuated by a lack of offensive punch. Tampa has lost 13 of its last 16 one-run games, including a 3-2 decision Wednesday night.

"It's just the same old story: We can't score enough runs," manager Joe Maddon said. "We pitched extremely well, we played well in the field overall, loved the effort."

But the Rays stranded 10 and went 1 for 7 with runners with scoring position. Tampa Bay left Camden Yards for Yankee Stadium to play a three-game series that begins Friday night.

Sixteen pitchers took part in the game, which lasted 5 hours, 14 minutes. Tampa Bay used a club-record 26 players, including nine pitchers.

After the Orioles squandered a bases-loaded, no-out threat in the 13th, Chris Archer (0-3) got the first two outs in the 14th before Adam Jones walked and Endy Chavez singled. Machado followed with a soft liner toward the line that Joyce trapped.

"I know it hit my glove on the bottom," Joyce said. "It was hard to tell what exactly happened. Only thing I can tell you is I didn't come up with it."

Machado, a 20-year-old rookie, scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night.

"I'm having a blast," Machado said. "This team is great to be around. It's a great group of guys. We're all excited. We're all having one goal, which is make the playoffs."

The Orioles' success in extras this season matches the longest in the majors since Cleveland won 13 straight extra-inning games in 1995.

Randy Wolf (2-0) earned the win by striking out Joyce with two on in the top of the 14th. Baltimore has won 14 of 19 overall and is 26-11 since Aug. 3.

Although the Orioles blew a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, they improved to 64-0 when leading after the seventh.

Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the 13th but could not score after the Rays employed five infielders in hopes of cutting off the potential winning run at the plate. Robert Andino hit into a force at home, pinch-hitter Matt Wieters struck out and Nate McLouth struck out.

"We came up short that inning," Machado said, "but we won it in the next."

Orioles rookie Wei-Yin Chen gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. Working with a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Chen walked leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings, who advanced on a passed ball and a stolen base before scoring on a slow roller to third by Ben Zobrist for a hit.

In the bottom half, the Orioles got runners on the corners with one out before Joel Peralta struck out Machado and Mark Reynolds.

Limited to four hits through the first six innings, Baltimore went ahead with a two-run seventh. After Rays reliever Wade Davis mishandled a bunt by Machado, Andino walked and seldom-used backup catcher Taylor Teagarden hit a two-run double into the gap in right-center.

Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed four hits and three walks in five-plus innings. He was pulled after J.J. Hardy led off the sixth with a single.

Jake McGee, who struck out all four batters he faced on Wednesday night, came in and struck out pinch-hitter Lew Ford, Jones and Chris Davis. It was McGee's 18th consecutive scoreless appearance since July 18.

To that point, the game's only run came in the fourth inning. Singles by Zobrist and Evan Longoria put runners at the corners before Jeff Keppinger hit a sinking liner to center. Jones made a fine diving catch, and Zobrist tagged up from third and scored.

Notes

  • An MRI on Baltimore RHP Jason Hammel showed no new damage to his right knee, and he hopes to return soon. "It's probably the best situation we could have," he said.
  • Jennings returned to the Tampa Bay lineup after missing four games with back tightness.
  • Tampa Bay 2B Ryan Roberts fouled a ball off his left ankle in the 11th and left the game. X-rays were negative.
  • David Price (17-5, 2.54 ERA) will start Friday night for Tampa Bay against CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.56).
  • Baltimore has held the Rays to 10 runs in the last seven games between the teams.
  • Right-hander batters are 9 for 93 (.097) against McGee.
  • TB's B.J. Upton went 0 for 6 and was 1 for 14 in the series.
 
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Matt Joyce can't quite make the play on Manny Machado's bloop single, to the delight of the Orioles faithful.  (Getty Images)
Matt Joyce can't quite make the play on Manny Machado's bloop single, to the delight of the Orioles faithful. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Machado
AB 6
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4100113 .249
    Elliot Johnson, 2B1000000 .244
B.J. Upton, CF6000031 .251
Ben Zobrist, SS-RF6131020 .263
Evan Longoria, DH-3B6010002 .286
Ben Francisco, RF3010002 .247
    Sam Fuld, RF-LF2000011 .286
    Reid Brignac, LF-SS1000010 .105
Jeff Keppinger, 3B-1B5021011 .329
Ryan Roberts, 2B5020010 .242
   a- Chris Archer, PH-P1000011 .000
Luke Scott, 1B3000014 .215
    Carlos Pena, 1B1010000 .192
    Rich Thompson, PR0000000 .105
    Jose Molina, C2010010 .203
Chris Gimenez, C3010010 .218
    Jose Lobaton, C0000000 .229
   b- Matt Joyce, PH-RF^LF2000122 .251
Totals512122216  
a-announced for Roberts in the 11th
b-was walked intentionally for Lobaton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (17, Johnson)
SF - Jeff Keppinger (4)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (61), Jeff Keppinger (32)
SB - Desmond Jennings (26, 3rd base off Chen/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Roberts-Scott, Hellickson-Zobrist-Scott
E - Chris Archer (1, Throwing), Wade Davis (1, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson 5400350 3.22
Jake McGee (H,15) 1000030 1.91
Wade Davis (BS,1) 0.1121110 2.31
J.P. Howell 0.1000000 3.00
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1000000 3.47
Joel Peralta 1200020 3.45
Fernando Rodney 1000100 0.68
Burke Badenhop 1100000 3.19
Chris Archer (L,0-3) 3.2311330 3.22
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 93-57, Jake McGee 14-10, Wade Davis 11-6, J.P. Howell 4-3, Kyle Farnsworth 4-3, Joel Peralta 15-10, Fernando Rodney 18-9, Burke Badenhop 15-10, Chris Archer 79-44
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 4-4, Wade Davis 1-0, J.P. Howell 1-0, Fernando Rodney 2-1, Burke Badenhop 2-1, Chris Archer 6-3
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 20, Jake McGee 3, Wade Davis 4, J.P. Howell 1, Kyle Farnsworth 1, Joel Peralta 5, Fernando Rodney 4, Burke Badenhop 4, Chris Archer 18
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF6010126 .232
J.J. Hardy, SS7010013 .237
Wilson Betemit, DH2000020 .261
   a- Lew Ford, PH-DH5010011 .183
Adam Jones, CF5100222 .285
Chris Davis, RF4030011 .261
    Endy Chavez, PR-RF2020100 .203
Manny Machado, 3B6111024 .267
Mark Reynolds, 1B5010124 .228
Robert Andino, 2B5100104 .214
Taylor Teagarden, C3012200 .133
   b- Matt Wieters, PH-C1000013 .246
Totals513113814  
a-struck out for Betemit in the 6th
b-struck out for Teagarden in the 13th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (12, Hellickson), Chris Davis (17, Hellickson), Taylor Teagarden (3, Davis)
SH - Manny Machado (1)
RBI - Manny Machado (15), Taylor Teagarden 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado (2)
SB - Endy Chavez (3, 2nd base off Peralta/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Andino-Reynolds, Ayala-Andino-Reynolds
PB - Taylor Teagarden (1)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen 7.1822170 4.00
Darren O'Day 0.2000010 2.28
Jim Johnson 1100100 2.83
Luis Ayala 2.1100030 2.48
Brian Matusz 0.2000010 5.18
Tommy Hunter 1.2200030 5.78
Randy Wolf (W,5-10) 0.1000010 5.69
IBB - Joyce by Jim Johnson
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 106-79, Darren O'Day 6-4, Jim Johnson 23-12, Luis Ayala 24-14, Brian Matusz 8-6, Tommy Hunter 30-20, Randy Wolf 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 6-8, Jim Johnson 1-2, Luis Ayala 3-0, Brian Matusz 1-0, Tommy Hunter 1-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 30, Darren O'Day 2, Jim Johnson 5, Luis Ayala 7, Brian Matusz 2, Tommy Hunter 7, Randy Wolf 1
Game Information
Attendance - 25130
Game Time - 5:14
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Marvin Hudson