A lot like they did in 2012, the Baltimore Orioles are winning once they get to extra innings. They improved to 12-3 and won their seventh straight in extras by beating the Los Angeles Angels 7-6 on Tuesday night. Manny Machado, seemingly a much more focused hitter since returning from a disciplinary suspension for throwing his bat in June, hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning against Cory Rasmus.
The O's were 16-2 in extra innings in 2012, when they won 93 games overall and surprised many by making the playoffs. They lead the American League East with a 59-46 record so far in 2014.
''We have good chemistry in the clubhouse like we did back then and obviously we have a good bullpen as well,'' Machado said.
In 15 games since returning from a five-game suspension, Machado is batting .373 with four homers, 10 RBIs and an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.041. In the 54 games before, he had a .662 OPS with seven homers, the MLB Network reports.
Both lineups hit the starting pitchers hard, but once Chris Tillman for the O's and Jered Weaver of the Angels left the game, the pickings were slim. Los Angeles's bullpen posted six scoreless innings with two hits allowed until Rasmus began his second inning of work against Machado. Baltimore's pen allowed a run and five hits over seven innings.
Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, and Josh Hamilton drove in three runs for the Angels, who have dropped eight of 11 against the Orioles.
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COLE HAMELS LEAVES PHILLY A WINNER — IF HE'S EVEN LEAVING (PROBABLY NOT):
Hamels tossed eight shutout innings and got a grand slam of support from Chase Utley in a 6-0 victory for the Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Hamels (and possibly Utley) are of interest on the trade market, though the price for Hamels might be too high, understandably, for him to be moved.
Here's what Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about the possibility of Hamels moving on:
"All I know is I signed here for a very extended period of time," Hamels said. "So that's what I'm going to uphold, to be a Phillie as long as I possibly can because I enjoy it."
The Phillies would contradict years of rhetoric by trading Hamels within the next two days. But they are on pace for 71 wins, Hamels is throwing a baseball better than ever, and contenders salivate. That generates trade whispers.
Hamels lowered his ERA to 2.55, but he also is signed to a $153 million contract through at least 2018, with a team option for '19. The Phillies reportedly asked for three top prospects from the Dodgers — Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias — and were turned down flat.
ABREU HITS NO. 31:
Jose Abreu clobbered his league-leading 31st home run, part of a seven-run eruption for the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers. Chicago won 11-4 after Detroit made three errors.
FRANCISCO LIRIANO GOES TO 11:
''I was just trying to hit my spots, make some good pitches,'' said Liriano, who last won consecutive starts nearly a year ago. ''My last start and tonight, everything's getting better pitching-wise and I'm getting ahead with the fastball."
After a rough start to the season that included an injury, Liriano has an 0.95 ERA over his past three starts. He helped send the Giants to their sixth straight loss. They've fallen three games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
The Pirates closed to within a game of first place in NL Central after the Milwaukee Brewers lost at Tampa Bay. The third-place Cardinals are just 1 1/2 out after falling to Tyson Ross and the Padres.
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