Baltimore Orioles lose fourth straight despite strong start by Miguel Gonzalez


Miguel Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but Baltimore lost its fourth straight game. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez held the Houston Astros hitless for 51 / 3 innings on Friday night.

But unfortunately for Gonzalez, the Orioles’ offense gave him little support.

Gonzalez recorded his fourth straight quality start, but the Astros scored a pair of runs with two outs in the seventh inning to steal a 2-1 win.

The loss was the Orioles’ fourth straight, tying a season-high and sending Baltimore (26-27) to a losing record for the first time this late in the season since the end of the 2011 campaign.

“We know we're capable of better,” Manager Buck Showalter said. “I'm going to continue to give the other team credit, but we've beaten some good pitchers, too. It's a combination of them playing well and us not doing what we're capable of doing.”

The Astros have won seven straight.

The Orioles — who wore throwback uniforms to honor the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro leagues as part of the annual Civil Rights Game — didn’t mount much against Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, scoring just one run off the Astros starter in seven innings.

“You can't be aggressive and passive at the same time,” Showalter said. “We've scored five runs the last three games. You tip your hat to the other pitcher, but we're capable of better.”

After fouling a pitch off into his groin area, Adam Jones led off the second inning with stand-up double to left. He scored two batters later on J.J. Hardy’s one-out single to left.

But after Hardy’s single, the Orioles managed just two singles off Oberholtzer and didn’t reach second base again against him.

Astros leadoff hitter Jose Altuve broke up Gonzalez’s no-hit bid by beating out a slow infield single in the sixth.

In the seventh, Gonzalez allowed a leadoff double to Matt Dominguez. Gonzalez then got two outs before allowing back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar.

— Baltimore Sun

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