Baltimore Orioles lose a heart breaker to open the second half

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

Making his first appearance at Camden Yards since he was traded by Baltimore four years ago, Jake Arrieta settled down after a wild start to hold the Orioles to four hits over six and two thirds innings and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-3 win Saturday night.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon wants his team to start the second half better, and they've already done well with two wins, 19 runs and eight homers versus Baltimore in the first two games.

Quintana threw his best game of the season as he allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings. In the deal, the Cubs gave up top prospect Eloy Jimenez, top pitching prospect Dylan Cease and a pair of infield prospects in Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

Britton did not pitch Saturday, and manager Buck Showalter said he's moving closer to make the left-hander his closer. He made them put the ball in play and was punching guys out.

A two-run home run by Bryant, his 19th, boosted the margin to 6-0 in the fourth.

But Uehara gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Mark Trumbo before retiring the next two batters on a strikeout and pop out.

Brewers won't mortgage future

Atlanta, swept by Arizona in a three-game home series a year ago, got payback by completing a sweep of the slumping Diamondbacks, who lost their fifth straight game. Quintana, whose 95 quality starts since the beginning of 2013 ranked second in the American League when the Cubs traded for him, also ranked second in the AL during that span in worst run support (3.95 runs per nine innings). Chicago allowed 10 runs in the first inning of that game, its most allowed in any inning over the last five seasons. ROCKIES 13, METS 4 Ian Desmond provided an instant spark for the slumping Rockies in his return from the disabled list, and Nolan Arenado hit one of visiting Colorado's three home runs. Wade LeBlanc (4-2) pitched a hitless ninth for the host Pirates. Example? Steven Matz tossed one inning Sunday, allowing nine hits, walking one while throwing 39 pitches. The rest all were hit with runners on base. Caleb Joseph went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs, while Ruben Tejada added the other run on the board for the O's in the loss.

Quintana also joined Randy Johnson (1998 Mariners and Astros) as the only pitchers since 1900 to notch 10 or more strikeouts in back-to-back games for different teams. Chicago has lost four in a row.

Hector Sanchez and Cory Spangenberg hit three-run homers and right-handed starter Trevor Cahill allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings as San Diego beat San Francisco.

Catcher Caleb Joseph homered in the bottom of the fifth for the Orioles' first run, but by then, they trailed 7-1. Bud Norris got Tim Beckham to ground into a double play for his 14th save, ending Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.

With the Cubs up 8-6 in the eighth, Uehara (3-4) came on as the sixth of seven pitchers to take the mound in the first game after the All-Star break.

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