The Baltimore Orioles won three games dropped two others during the first week of June to maintain second place in the American League East with a 31-29 record. The Orioles took two of three from the Texas Rangers on the road, and then split two games with the Oakland Athletics at home.
June 3-5: Baltimore Beats Rangers in Series, 2-1
Baltimore was hot at the plate in Game One of its series against Texas on June 3 racking up 17 hits in an 8-3 victory. Outfielders Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz both hit home runs and the Orioles scored six unanswered runs in the eighth inning; Cruz picked up his 21st home run of the season. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez gave up just one earned run in nearly six innings pitched before the Orioles bullpen closed out the game.
The Orioles put on another strong offensive performance in Game Two on June 4, recording 13 hits in a 6-5 win. Outfielder Nick Markakis had a home run and first baseman Chris Davis also went the yard. Starting pitcher Bud Norris struggled, allowing five earned runs in five innings pitched, but reliever Zack Britton earned the save after closing out the game.
But the O’s blew their chance at sweeping the series, falling 8-6 in Game Three on June 5. Markakis and Jones both had home runs, but the team had just eight total hits. Chris Tillman delivered a horrendous start, giving up six hits and five earned runs in the first inning alone. Tillman was replaced quickly, but the Orioles bullpen gave up three more runs.
June 6-7: Orioles Split First Two Games with Athletics
The bats sprang back to life for Baltimore when they hosted Oakland in Game One of a three-game series on June 6. The Orioles had 13 hits as a team, and both Davis and third baseman Manny Machado hit home runs, but Baltimore still fell, 4-3, in 11 innings. Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen lasted into the seventh inning and allowed just two earned runs. But reliever Evan Meek surrendered the game-winning run to the Athletics in the 11th inning.
The Orioles bounced back on June 7 with a 6-3 win in Game Two. Starter Kevin Gausman was nearly flawless, giving up just one earned run and four hits and striking out six in seven innings. Jones and outfielder David Lough each had home runs.
Next up: Following the conclusion of their series with the Athletics on June 8, Baltimore will host the Boston Red Sox in a three-game set at Camden Yards on June 9-11. The Orioles will then host the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-game series on June 12-15.
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