J.T. Realmuto's 2 home runs, 4 RBI power Marlins past Orioles

J.T. Realmuto's 2 home runs, 4 RBI power Marlins past Orioles

During a horrid stretch in which the Baltimore Orioles keep finding ways to lose, J.T. Realmuto did his part to extend the downward spiral.

Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and the Miami Marlins beat the skidding Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.

Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the sixth with his ninth home run on a 3-1 pitch. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.

Baltimore has lost nine straight, its longest skid since an identical run in July 2011. The Orioles tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.

“Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They step on your neck when you’re down, and we did the same to other clubs. We’ve got to figure out a way to get back into that mode. We’ve just had a little trouble keeping the ball in the park.”

On Friday night, Baltimore managed only three hits in a 2-0 loss. In this one, the lowest-scoring team in the American League wasted 11 hits, a home run by Jonathan Schoop and two RBIs by Manny Machado .

Cobb could only blame himself for letting Realmuto outdo the Baltimore offense.

“When you have a good hitter up there, you can’t fall behind and then give them a cookie down the middle,” Cobb lamented. “It’s frustrating that it was one guy but it was more frustrating that I let him win the at-bats before he actually hit the home run.”

Former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen (2-3) limited Baltimore to three runs over six innings to earn his first victory since April 28.

Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his first save, putting Miami in position to complete its initial series sweep of the season on Sunday.

The Marlins have won five of six to put some pressure on fourth-place New York in the NL East.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team who are gaining a lot of momentum, getting a lot of confidence,” Realmuto said. They’re starting to swing the bats really well. We’ve got young guys producing for us every night. When that happens, you just gain confidence, and over a period of time you get better and better.”

Cobb (2-9) allowed five runs on seven hits over seven innings. He’s given up a total of 14 runs in his last two starts.

“Just a few fastballs that I left over the middle of the plate that didn’t come back that really ended up being the difference-maker,” Cobb said.

Miami hit leadoff doubles in the first and second innings, with both runners coming around to score. Realmuto followed a walk with a home run in the third to make it 4-0.

“It was one of those games that starts so good,” manager Don Mattingly said. “First couple innings are kind of what you’re looking for from your club.”

In the Baltimore third, Machado hit a two-out, two-run single to increase his RBI total to 52.

Schoop went deep in the sixth and an RBI single by Danny Valencia got Baltimore to 5-4 in the seventh.

INTERLEAGUE FODDER

Baltimore’s Adam Jones has hit safely in all eight interleague games (13 for 33, .394). Realmuto has a .350 batting average in 31 career road interleague games. Baltimore is 2-6 vs. the NL, Miami is 3-3 vs. the AL.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas was rested, one day after being bruised by a pitch that hit his left hand. “Felt OK, actually looked OK, but wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on that bottom hand,” Mattingly said, adding, “He’ll probably be in there tomorrow.”

Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair his left shoulder. It’s a Grade 3 latissimus tear. 3B Tim Beckham (groin) was slated to be the DH for Double-A Bowie in the second game of his rehab assignment. OF Colby Rasmus (hip) is expected to come off the DL next week.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Rookie Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) makes his eighth career start in the series finale. The right-hander earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (4-7. 3.66) seeks his fifth win, which would account for one-quarter of the team’s victories this season.

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Realmuto has 2 HRs, 4 RBIs; Marlins sink Orioles 5-4

Realmuto has 2 HRs, 4 RBIs; Marlins sink Orioles 5-4

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Miami Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Brian Anderson, left, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and the Miami Marlins kept the Baltimore Orioles in a downward spiral Saturday with a 5-4 victory.

Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the fifth with his ninth home run. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.

That was enough to saddle Baltimore with its ninth straight defeat, the team’s longest skid since an identical run in July 2011. The Orioles tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.

Jonathan Schoop homered and Manny Machado had two RBIs for the Orioles. They have gone over a month without winning at Camden Yards.

Former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen (2-3) limited Baltimore to three runs over six innings to earn his first victory since April 28.

Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his first save, putting Miami in position to complete its initial series sweep of the season on Sunday.

Cobb (2-9) allowed five runs on seven hits over seven innings. He’s given up a total of 14 runs in his last two starts.

Miami hit leadoff doubles in the first and second innings, with both runners coming around to score. Realmuto followed a walk with a home run in the third to make it 4-0.

In the bottom half, Machado hit a two-out, two-run single to increase his RBI total to 52.

Schoop went deep in the sixth and an RBI single by Danny Valencia got Baltimore to 5-4 in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas was rested, one day after being bruised by a pitch that hit his left hand. ”Felt OK, actually looked OK, but wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on that bottom hand,” manager Don Mattingly said, adding, ”He’ll probably be in there tomorrow.”

Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair his left shoulder. It’s a Grade 3 latissimus tear. … 3B Tim Beckham (groin) was slated to be the DH for Double-A Bowie in the second game of his rehab assignment. … OF Colby Rasmus (hip) is expected to come off the DL next week.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Rookie Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) makes his eighth career start in the series finale Sunday. The right-hander earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (4-7. 3.66) seeks his fifth win, which would account for one-quarter of the team’s victories this season.

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Marlins' J.T. Realmuto hits two home runs, continues to make case for an All-Star nod

Marlins' J.T. Realmuto hits two home runs, continues to make case for an All-Star nod

J.T. Realmuto hit two home runs in a game played Saturday at Oriole Park.

Those just added to the case he’s making to play in this year’s All-Star Game that will be held roughly 40 miles down the road from there at Nationals Park next month.

Realmuto, who leads all National League catchers in multiple categories, drove in four of the Marlins’ five runs in a 5-4 win over the Orioles. The Marlins (28-43) won their second straight and for the fifth time in their past six games.

“JT’s been great on both sides defensively and offensively calling the game, everything about him’s been great,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Realmuto, who has yet to make an All-Star roster in his five-year career, isn’t among the top five catchers being voted by fans to next month’s All-Star Game.

But Realmuto has given plenty of reason to be considered.

Despite missing first three weeks of the season with a back bruise, Realmuto leads all qualifying major league catchers in batting average (.309), slugging percentage (.546) and ranks second in on-base percentage (.369).

His nine home runs are second only to Yasmani Grandal’s 11 among NL catchers.

Realmuto recorded his second multi-homer game of the season and fourth of his career.

“He’s done a great job with his approach and I think that’s the biggest growth I’ve seen in two years,” Mattingly said. “The growth of him game planning for himself on both sides of the ball honestly, there’s been huge growth there.”

Realmuto said that while that attention to game planning and preparation has been huge for him, he has also tried to instill some of those habits in the Marlins’ younger players this season.

“For me, it’s more self understanding and also more understanding how to prepare and how you get ready on a daily basis,” Realmuto said. “Just having guys in the past, kind of the older guys just show me the ropes. And now I can hopefully pass that on to the younger guys.”

Realmuto, like most of the Marlins’ lineup were aggressive early from the outset against Orioles starter Alex Cobb, and executed a good game plan, putting balls in play for hits early in pitch counts.

Realmuto’s first home run was a 404-foot drive over the center field wall that gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead in the third inning. His second was very similar traveling 405 feet to center field.

Both times Realmuto got a hold of 91.5 mph fastballs from Cobb, who pitched seven innings, but gave up five runs.

“I was just trying to see the ball up,” Realmuto said. “Everything he throws moves pretty well, and moves down in the zone, so you’ve got to get him up and you’ve got to get him over the plate. Luckily I was able to get two good pitches to hit and put good swings on. “

Wei-Yin Chen made his first start at Oriole Park since leaving his former team to sign with the Marlins in 2016. Chen got into trouble in the third giving up four hits in the inning including a two-run single by Manny Machado that cut the Marlins’ lead to 4-2.

Chen, who also gave up a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop, lasted six innings for his second-longest start of the season. He allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked one.

The Orioles narrowed the gap to 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Tayron Guerrero gave up three consecutive singles to Adam Jones, Machado and Danny Valencia. Brad Ziegler navigated the Marlins out of the inning thanks to a great defensive play from Riddle on a grounder up the middle by Trey Mancini.

After Ziegler worked around a walk to Mark Trumbo to pitch a scoreless eighth, Drew Steckenrider shut the door for his second career save with help from a stellar double play turned by Starlin Castro at second just before Manny Machado flew out to deep center. Closer Kyle Barraclough was unavailable after pitching four of the past five days.

DAY-TO-DAY

The Marlins held third baseman Miguel Rojas out of their lineup on Saturday as a precaution a day after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch in Friday night’s win over the Orioles. Rojas was diagnosed with a left hand contusion after getting hit by a 97 mph fastball from Kevin Gausman. Mattingly said Rojas should be ready to return to the starting lineup Sunday.

Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday vs. Marlins, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday vs. Marlins, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Orioles (19-49) vs. Marlins (27-43)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 4:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (2-8, 7.23 ERA) vs. Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 6.13 ERA)

What to watch

1. Number 9. The Orioles have lost eight straight for their longest losing streak since dropping nine in a row in July 2011. They’ve also lost 15 of 17 overall and 10 straight at home, with their last win at Camden Yards coming May 13.

2. Cobb. Things were pointing in the right direction for Alex Cobb with five quality starts in seven outings from May 1 to June 5. Then he stumbled for his worst start of the year — nine earned runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings in a 13-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays six days ago. Before that outing, he was only a couple of solid starts away from bringing his numbers to respectable levels, but his ERA climbed back into the 7.00s with that defeat.

3. Old friend. The Orioles face Wei-Yin Chen for the first time since he left for a five-year, $80 million deal with the Marlins after the 2015 season. It hasn’t gone his way in Miami, as he had a 4.96 ERA in 22 starts in 2016 before being limited to nine games last season because of elbow problems. This season has been the worst of his career, as he’s only once pitched more than 5 1/3 innings and has allowed at least four runs in four of nine starts. The Orioles go with an all-righty lineup to face Chen, meaning no Chris Davis for the fourth straight game.

Orioles lineup

RF Craig Gentry

CF Adam Jones

SS Manny Machado

3B Danny Valencia

1B Trey Mancini

2B Jonathan Schoop

DH Mark Trumbo

LF Joey Rickard

C Austin Wynns

Marlins lineup

DH Derek Dietrich

RF Brian Anderson

C J.T. Realmuto

1B Justin Bour

2B Starlin Castro

SS JT Riddle

CF Lewis Brinson

LF JB Shuck

3B Yadiel Rivera

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Slumping Orioles, Chris Davis look for answers vs. Marlins

Slumping Orioles, Chris Davis look for answers vs. Marlins

Miami left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will face his former team for the first time when the Marlins take on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Saturday.

Miami is in position to win a three-game series for the first time this season after beating Baltimore 2-0 in the opener Friday.

The Orioles, who have lost eight consecutive games, lag near the bottom of nearly every offensive category. First baseman Chris Davis underscores most of those troubles, and he was held out of the lineup for the third straight game Friday.

Davis is batting .150 with four homers.

“He’s tried a lot of things, but I think doing it this way, you’re trying not to say, ‘OK, if it doesn’t click right away then let’s go to something else.’ He’s got a lot of people talking to him and rightfully so — teammates and I’m sure college coaches,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about Davis.

“Everybody’s trying to help him because they like him and they hate seeing anybody struggle. This is kind of blinders with, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do and let’s throw out everything else and here’s where we’ve got to get to. Here’s where we are, here’s why this problem is happening, because X is happening and let’s eliminate X.’

“Will it look completely different? I’m not sure. What I hope looks completely different are the results. Unfortunately, the games don’t stop. We need a good Chris Davis. We do. He knows that. And that’s what’s frustrating for him.”

Chen (1-3, 6.13 ERA) has lost his past three decisions and struggled to get deep into games. In his last start, he allowed four runs and six hits with five strikeouts and four walks in 4 1/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants.

“I didn’t really do my job well,” Chen said after the game.

Alex Cobb (2-8, 7.23) will take the mound for Baltimore. He is still looking to get on track.

Cobb’s last outing was his worst of the season. He allowed a career-high-tying nine runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

However, he is 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins, who have batted .139 during that stretch.

The Orioles are just 2-9 in Cobb’s 11 starts.

“I know you look at teams and how they react in tough situations,” Cobbsaid, and I don’t know what’s better, if everyone’s just miserable because you’re losing or people are able to come to work every day and be a good teammate and try to get out of that funk each and every day and help each other to get out of that funk.”

Baltimore is also dealing with several key injuries. Richard Bleier, who has been one of the team’s most consistent pitchers out of the bullpen, is on the disabled list with a lat injury that he sustained against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. He could be out for the season.

However, starter Andrew Cashner could be back in action Tuesday or Wednesday if he does not have any setbacks with his injured back while throwing a bullpen session Sunday.

Marlins extend Orioles' skid to 8 games with 2-0 victory

Marlins extend Orioles' skid to 8 games with 2-0 victory

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Miami Marlins’ Lewis Brinson triples in front of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia (2) and Marlins third base coach Fredi Gonzalez in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Urena pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Lewis Brinson tripled twice and the Miami Marlins beat Baltimore 2-0 Friday night to stretch the Orioles’ losing streak to a season-high eight games.

In an interleague matchup between two offensively challenged last-place teams, the Marlins scratched out a couple of runs against Kevin Gausman (3-6) for their fourth win in five games.

It’s Baltimore’s longest skid since a nine-game slide in July 2011. The Orioles have lost 15 of 17 overall and 10 straight at home, scoring only 14 runs.

Urena (2-8) struck out four and walked one in his longest outing of the season. Urena, who started for Miami on opening day, is 2-1 in June after an 0-7 start.

Kyle Barraclough worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Baltimore’s only hit over the first six innings was a single by Corban Joseph, recalled from Double-A Bowie before the game. The Orioles rank last in the AL in runs and batting average, and the trend continued in their eighth shutout loss.

Gausman opened the game by throwing six straight pitches out of the strike zone. He lasted 5 2/3 innings, falling to 0-4 in six starts since May 11.

Miami went up 1-0 in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Brian Anderson. In the sixth, JT Riddle hit a two-out single and Brinson delivered his second triple.

That was the extent of Miami’s offense. The Marlins came in tied for last in the NL in runs.

Now in his third season, Brinson hit two triples in his first 88 big league games before doubling that total in Game 89. He became the eighth Marlins player to hit two in game.

DAVIS BENCHED

Orioles 1B Chris Davis has essentially been benched in the wake of a season-long slump.

Davis is batting .150 with four home runs, 15 RBIs and 86 strikeouts in 52 games. He hasn’t played since Monday, and there’s no telling when he will be back in the lineup.

”Chris is continuing with some things that he’s working on,” manager Buck Showalter said.

PLENTY OF MOVES

Marlins: Reinstated RHP Brett Graves from the 60-day DL; transferred LHP Chris O’Grady to the 60-day DL; placed LHP Caleb Smith on the bereavement list; optioned RHP Ben Meyer to Triple-A New Orleans; and recalled RHP Merandy Gonzalez from Double-A Jacksonville.

Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier was placed on the DL and will likely require season-ending shoulder surgery. In addition, Baltimore recalled LHP Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk; selected the contract of INF Corban Joseph from Double-A Bowie; optioned right-hander Yefry Ramirez to Norfolk; and designated lefty D.J. Snelten for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: 3B Miguel Rojas left in the sixth inning after a pitch hit him on the left hand and ricocheted to his face. … INF Garrett Cooper (wrist) is participating in all baseball activities and live batting practice. … LHP Chris O’Grady (shoulder) threw a bullpen Thursday.

Orioles: INF Tim Beckham (groin strain) began his rehab assignment at third base with Bowie, going 0 for 2 with a walk.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 6.13 ERA) makes his first appearance at Camden Yards since 2015 on Saturday afternoon. The lefty made his big league debut with Baltimore in 2012.

Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-8, 7.23) is 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins.

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