Jones, Showalter preside over Orioles' 4-0 win over Astros

BALTIMORE (AP) Adam Jones began the season by hitting a game-winning home run in the 11th inning. He ended it by walking off the field to a standing ovation.

In between opening day and the season finale, there was a whole lot of anguish for Jones and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles closed out a trying season Sunday with a salute to Jones and a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros that could end up serving as a parting gift to manager Buck Showalter.

Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry (1-2) and Mychal Givens combined on a one-hitter against the AL West champions, who open the playoffs at home Friday against Cleveland.

Baltimore finished at 47-115, the most losses in franchise history and the most for a big league team since Detroit's 119 in 2003. The Orioles were only the fifth team since 1900 to lose 115 or more.

Baltimore is already in full rebuilding mode, which means the 33-year-old Jones and Showalter may not be back.

''These decisions aren't mine anymore,'' Jones said. ''It's going to be fun.''

When it came time for the Orioles to take the field before the game, Jones went out alone while players from both sides applauded and the fans stood and cheered.

''My teammates sending me out there on an island by myself, I didn't know that was going to happen,'' Jones said. ''Weird, because I'm never on the field by myself.''

Jones started in center field, the position he held from 2008 until he was bumped to right field in August by 23-year-old rookie Cedric Mullins.

Many in the crowd of 24,916 stood before each at-bat by Jones, who went 0 for 4.

In the top of the ninth, Showalter sent Joey Rickard in to replace Jones , who received yet another standing ovation as he jogged off the field. Upon his arrival in the dugout, the chain of hugs and high-fives ended with his arms wrapped around Showalter.

''It's been a great run,'' Jones said. ''Go somewhere and see what the next chapter of my career is.''

Hired by Orioles owner Peter Angelos in 2010, Showalter - like Jones - has a contract that expires this year and may not be renewed.

''Mr. Angelos' family has been great to me and mine,'' Showalter said before the game. ''So whatever direction they decide to go, I'm at peace with it.''

Houston manager A.J. Hinch rested most of his regulars, making sure they're fresh for the postseason. Charlie Morton started and worked three innings, allowing just one hit in a performance that showed he's ready to be a factor in the playoffs.

''He was good. It was nice him go back out there,'' Hinch said. ''I think cleared his conscience a little bit that he could let it go and everything was going to be OK.''

Morton struck out four to finish with 201, making the Astros the fifth team in baseball history to have three pitchers with 200 Ks. The others were the 2018 Indians, 2013 Tigers, 1969 Astros and 1967 Twins.

Brad Peacock (3-5) gave up four runs in the fourth inning, getting only one out.

Houston's only hit came in the fourth, when Jose Altuve hit a sharp single to right before leaving for a pinch runner.

The defending World Series champion Astros finished 103-59 and have won a collective 204 regular-season games over the last two years.

WHITTLING THE ROSTER

Hinch shaved five players off his projected playoff roster, with more cuts to come.

Right-hander Dean Deetz, OF Kyle Tucker and LHP Reymin Guduan had their seasons end Sunday. Pitchers Framber Valdez and Cionel Perez will work at the team's spring training facility.

CORREA SHARP

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was rested Sunday after an abbreviated appearance Saturday that indicated he was no longer bothered by back soreness.

''I don't think we can forget he's a really good player, and really good players step up when you need them the most,'' Hinch said. ''We're going to need that starting Friday.''

DUBIOUS RECORD

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis sat out the entire series and finished with a .168 batting average, lowest in major league history by a qualifier.

The previous record was .177, by Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013.

ATTENDANCE DROP

The Orioles drew 1,564,192 for 78 home dates, their lowest figure in a non-strike season since 1978.

''It's up to us to give them something they want to embrace,'' Showalter said. ''Attendance is down. It's our fault, not theirs.''

UP NEXT

Astros: Hinch hasn't announced his rotation for the playoffs, but Justin Verlander is the likely starter in Game 1.

Orioles: The 2019 season opener will be at Yankee Stadium on March 28.

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  • W: P. Fry (1-2)L: B. Peacock (3-5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF20000001.265.346.434.7800.0
a- J. Marisnick PH-CF20000010.211.275.399.674-0.5
J. Altuve 2B20100000.315.384.449.8341.0
K. Tucker PR-LF20000010.141.236.203.439-0.5
A. Bregman 3B-SS20000110.286.394.532.9260.5
M. Gonzalez SS30000002.247.324.409.7330.0
T. White 1B00000000.276.354.533.8880.0
Y. Gurriel 1B20000002.291.323.428.7510.0
J. Davis 1B-3B10000010.175.248.223.471-0.5
E. Gattis DH30000000.226.284.452.7360.0
J. Reddick RF10000100.242.318.400.7181.0
M. Straw RF10000000.333.400.6671.0670.0
M. Stassi C20000010.226.316.394.7100.5
T. Kemp LF-2B30000002.263.351.392.7430.0
  • a-grounded out for Springer in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins LF-CF40000010.235.312.359.671-0.5
J. Villar SS41200010.260.325.384.7096.5
A. Jones CF-RF40000022.281.313.419.732-1.0
J. Rickard RF00000000.244.300.413.7130.0
T. Mancini 1B41210010.242.299.416.7153.5
T. Beckham DH31110110.230.287.374.6614.5
R. Nunez 3B41210002.258.322.419.7415.0
J. Peterson 3B00000000.200.310.324.6340.0
D. Stewart RF-LF20100000.250.340.550.8904.0
S. Wilkerson 2B30000033.174.224.239.464-1.5
C. Joseph C30000011.219.254.321.575-0.5
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Villar 2 (14), T. Beckham (17), R. Nunez (14)
    • RBI - T. Mancini (58), T. Beckham (35), R. Nunez (22)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Jones, D. Stewart, S. Wilkerson 2 (2), C. Joseph
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Villar (35), D. Stewart (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bregman-Gurriel)
    • E - M. Stassi (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Stewart (2)
    • DP - 2 (Yacabonis-Villar-Mancini; Stewart-Villar-Wilkerson)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton3.01001403.131.169.0
    B. Peacock (L, 3-5)0.15430003.461.17-13.0
    C. Devenski0.20000104.181.160.5
    J. James2.01000202.350.966.0
    C. McHugh1.01000101.990.912.5
    L. McCullers0.20000203.861.171.0
    R. Guduan0.10000002.700.300.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Yacabonis4.01002105.401.459.5
    P. Fry (W, 1-2)3.00000203.351.2717.0
    M. Givens2.00000203.991.197.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Yacabonis4.0
    P. Fry (W, 1-2)3.0
    M. Givens2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Morton (4)
    • HBP - J. James (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 34-19, B. Peacock 21-15, C. Devenski 11-9, J. James 27-17, C. McHugh 14-10, L. McCullers 7-6, R. Guduan 2-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-1, J. James 1-3, C. McHugh 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 10, B. Peacock 6, C. Devenski 2, J. James 8, C. McHugh 4, L. McCullers 2, R. Guduan
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Yacabonis (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Yacabonis 50-31, P. Fry 28-20, M. Givens 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Yacabonis 4-5, P. Fry 6-1, M. Givens 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Yacabonis 14, P. Fry 9, M. Givens 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF20000001.265.346.434.7800.0
    a- J. Marisnick PH-CF20000010.211.275.399.674-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B20100000.315.384.449.8341.0
    K. Tucker PR-LF20000010.141.236.203.439-0.5
    A. Bregman 3B-SS20000110.286.394.532.9260.5
    M. Gonzalez SS30000002.247.324.409.7330.0
    T. White 1B00000000.276.354.533.8880.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B20000002.291.323.428.7510.0
    J. Davis 1B-3B10000010.175.248.223.471-0.5
    E. Gattis DH30000000.226.284.452.7360.0
    J. Reddick RF10000100.242.318.400.7181.0
    M. Straw RF10000000.333.400.6671.0670.0
    M. Stassi C20000010.226.316.394.7100.5
    T. Kemp LF-2B30000002.263.351.392.7430.0
    Total260100257-----
    HITTERSAB
    G. Springer CF2
    a- J. Marisnick PH-CF2
    J. Altuve 2B2
    K. Tucker PR-LF2
    A. Bregman 3B-SS2
    M. Gonzalez SS3
    T. White 1B0
    Y. Gurriel 1B2
    J. Davis 1B-3B1
    E. Gattis DH3
    J. Reddick RF1
    M. Straw RF1
    M. Stassi C2
    T. Kemp LF-2B3
    Total26
    • a-grounded out for Springer in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Mullins LF-CF40000010.235.312.359.671-0.5
    J. Villar SS41200010.260.325.384.7096.5
    A. Jones CF-RF40000022.281.313.419.732-1.0
    J. Rickard RF00000000.244.300.413.7130.0
    T. Mancini 1B41210010.242.299.416.7153.5
    T. Beckham DH31110110.230.287.374.6614.5
    R. Nunez 3B41210002.258.322.419.7415.0
    J. Peterson 3B00000000.200.310.324.6340.0
    D. Stewart RF-LF20100000.250.340.550.8904.0
    S. Wilkerson 2B30000033.174.224.239.464-1.5
    C. Joseph C30000011.219.254.321.575-0.5
    Total3349301109-----
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Villar 2 (14), T. Beckham (17), R. Nunez (14)
      • RBI - T. Mancini (58), T. Beckham (35), R. Nunez (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Jones, D. Stewart, S. Wilkerson 2 (2), C. Joseph
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Villar (35), D. Stewart (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Gurriel)
      • E - M. Stassi (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Stewart (2)
      • DP - 2 (Yacabonis-Villar-Mancini; Stewart-Villar-Wilkerson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton3.01001403.131.169.0
      B. Peacock (L, 3-5)0.15430003.461.17-13.0
      C. Devenski0.20000104.181.160.5
      J. James2.01000202.350.966.0
      C. McHugh1.01000101.990.912.5
      L. McCullers0.20000203.861.171.0
      R. Guduan0.10000002.700.300.0
      Total8.08431100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton3.0
      B. Peacock (L, 3-5)0.1
      C. Devenski0.2
      J. James2.0
      C. McHugh1.0
      L. McCullers0.2
      R. Guduan0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Yacabonis4.01002105.401.459.5
      P. Fry (W, 1-2)3.00000203.351.2717.0
      M. Givens2.00000203.991.197.0
      Total9.0100250---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Yacabonis4.0
      P. Fry (W, 1-2)3.0
      M. Givens2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Morton (4)
      • HBP - J. James (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 34-19, B. Peacock 21-15, C. Devenski 11-9, J. James 27-17, C. McHugh 14-10, L. McCullers 7-6, R. Guduan 2-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-1, J. James 1-3, C. McHugh 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 10, B. Peacock 6, C. Devenski 2, J. James 8, C. McHugh 4, L. McCullers 2, R. Guduan
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Yacabonis (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Yacabonis 50-31, P. Fry 28-20, M. Givens 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Yacabonis 4-5, P. Fry 6-1, M. Givens 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Yacabonis 14, P. Fry 9, M. Givens 6
      • 4TH INNING
        Nunez stole home Stewart stole third, Nunez scored04
        Nunez doubled to deep left, Beckham scored03
        Beckham doubled to deep left, Mancini scored02
        Mancini singled to left center, Villar scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jace Peterson at third base
        • Joey Rickard in right field
        • T. Kemp: Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • K. Tucker: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Paul Fry
        • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to left
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Straw lined out to center
        • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lance McCullers relieved Collin McHugh
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Reymin Guduan relieved Lance McCullers
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Collin McHugh relieved Josh James
        • Tyler White at first base
        • C. Joseph: Joseph grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Villar doubled to deep left
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second
        • Jake Marisnick hit for George Springer
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to second
        • K. Tucker: Foul, Tucker grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. James Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Mancini flied out to center
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham lined out to shortstop
        • R. Nunez: Nunez singled to left
        • D. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Stewart hit by pitch, Nunez to second
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Paul Fry relieved Jimmy Yacabonis
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Gattis popped out to second
        • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Josh James relieved Chris Devenski
        • Myles Straw in right field
        • C. Mullins: Mullins flied out to right
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve singled to right
        • Kyle Tucker ran for Jose Altuve
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Tucker to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to left, Tucker out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Peacock relieved Charlie Morton
        • J.D. Davis at first base
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar doubled to deep right
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones flied out to center
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike swinging, Villar stole third, Foul, Mancini singled to left center, Villar scored
        • T. Beckham: Beckham doubled to deep left, Mancini scored
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep left, Beckham scored
        • D. Stewart: Stewart reached on an infield single to second, Nunez to third
        • Chris Devenski relieved Brad Peacock
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart stole second, Nunez stole home Stewart stole third, Nunez scored, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Joseph flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stassi hit by pitch, Reddick to second
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to shortstop, Reddick to third, Stassi out at second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Mullins grounded bunt out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to first
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gattis popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Mancini singled to right
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Mancini to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to third, Mancini out at third, Beckham to second
        • D. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Stewart grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to first
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Mullins lined out to center
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)