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Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions
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When will Chris Davis return to the lineup and do you think anything will change?
-- Michael A., Columbus, Ohio

Right now, it looks like Davis probably won't start on Tuesday in Washington, though it's looking like he's pretty close to getting back. If he does return for the end of the Nationals series, he'll face a tough task with Gio Gonzalez the second day and Max Scherzer in Thursday's series finale. But this is the big leagues, and there's never going to be an ideal spot to return.

When will Chris Davis return to the lineup and do you think anything will change?
-- Michael A., Columbus, Ohio

Right now, it looks like Davis probably won't start on Tuesday in Washington, though it's looking like he's pretty close to getting back. If he does return for the end of the Nationals series, he'll face a tough task with Gio Gonzalez the second day and Max Scherzer in Thursday's series finale. But this is the big leagues, and there's never going to be an ideal spot to return.

Davis -- on pace for one of the worst offensive seasons in history -- has been working early on the field with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson to try to figure things out. It's tough to say if anything will be different this time around, though this has been a pretty long layoff for Davis, who hasn't played since last Monday.

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I've said it before and it bears repeating: The Orioles can't just stash Davis on the bench. One, it forces them to play short. Two, the O's have four more years committed to Davis. So if he won't go to Triple-A to work on stuff, the only reasonable option was to sit him a few days and hope he can gain confidence from some adjustments and start to improve. Will this work? I have no idea, but it was worth a shot.

Why send down a rookie like Chance Sisco in a lost season?
-- Darleen R., Columbia, Md.

It was unexpected to see Sisco demoted to Triple-A Norfolk after Sunday's game, but this will give him a chance to work on some defensive parts of his game with less of a spotlight. It's not that he has fallen in the organization's eyes or that his offense wasn't great (as most of the team is slumping). It'll do the rookie some good to get some reps at Norfolk, and the Orioles should benefit from veteran Caleb Joseph rejoining the club.

Are the Orioles still planning on trading Manny Machado? What's the holdup if so?
-- Gery D., Washington, D.C.

Yes, of course they're still exploring trades for Machado. I understand the logic that he's worth more the more games he plays for another team, but this isn't really something you want to rush. Machado is one of the best players in the game right now, and the Orioles have to make sure they get the best possible package they can for him. Obviously you're going to start to see trade rumors heat up over the next few weeks. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette did say last week that nothing had gotten close enough with Machado and other teams to warrant exchanging names. But that can change quickly.

What's the plan with Andrew Cashner?
-- James T., Towson, Md.

Cashner is set to start on Wednesday in D.C. after a side session over the weekend went OK. The initial thought would be with Davis returning to the lineup that the O's would get rid of a position player for his arrival. But that's contingent on what state the pitching is in following Tuesday's game.

Is Machado the only player the Orioles are looking to deal? We're going to need more to actually rebuild.
-- Chris M., Providence, R.I. 

Yes, I agree. Machado isn't going to bring back a haul to reshape the organization. (He may have a year or two ago, but he's just a rental now with free agency pending this offseason.) To that end, the Orioles have to look at trading Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Adam Jones, who are all pending free agents. But beyond that, I think they have to make decisions on guys like Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. Are they going to be part of the next great Orioles team? If the answer is no, you have to at least listen to offers. Teams that want to shorten painful rebuilds aren't afraid to make tough decisions and unpopular trades. I'm not saying you have to trade those two, but I wouldn't rule anything out as the O's try to rebuild for the future.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Orioles break out of funk in big win vs. Marlins

Bullpen escapes bases-loaded, no out jam in 7th
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BALTIMORE -- These were the hits the Orioles have been waiting for. Jace Peterson recorded his first homer and notched four RBIs; Trey Mancini had a positive day with a slump-busting RBI single; and Mark Trumbo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Nine players recorded a hit for the Orioles in Sunday's 10-4 win over the Marlins, with Dylan Bundy pitching six solid innings. The Father's Day victory was Baltimore's 20th win of the season and first in 10 games.

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BALTIMORE -- These were the hits the Orioles have been waiting for. Jace Peterson recorded his first homer and notched four RBIs; Trey Mancini had a positive day with a slump-busting RBI single; and Mark Trumbo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Nine players recorded a hit for the Orioles in Sunday's 10-4 win over the Marlins, with Dylan Bundy pitching six solid innings. The Father's Day victory was Baltimore's 20th win of the season and first in 10 games.

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"I think that's a good sign," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his team's offensive output Sunday. "It's going to take a long period of offensive success for us to kind of feel good as a group."

Baltimore entered the game 13-8 when it scored more than four runs in a game, and the offense pounded out six extra-base hits as part of a 14-hit effort Sunday. After scoring more than four runs only once in the last 18 games, the Orioles registered their highest output since a 17-run outing against Tampa Bay on Mother's Day, which also coincided with their most recent home win.

"It's been inconsistent. It's been a struggle," Trumbo said of the offense. "Usually, when the team's struggling as a whole, the pitchers get a little more comfortable on the other side, and they cruise through some of those innings. It's important to try and kind of peck away. I'd like to see a whole lot more games that look like this going forward. I think everybody would."

Video: MIA@BAL: Trumbo drives in Machado with a 2-out double

While some of the top producers for the Orioles have been reaching consistently as of late, the ballclub needed its down-the-order guys to make something happen. Peterson opened the scoring with a one-out ground-rule double in the second inning, scoring Trumbo from third and Jonathan Schoop from second.

Video: MIA@BAL: Peterson rips a 2-run ground-rule double

This started a stretch of four straight innings where the Orioles scored two runs to jump out to an 8-1 lead: an RBI double and single from Trumbo and Mancini, respectively, in the third; a two-run double from Adam Jones in the fourth; and a two-run homer from Peterson in the fifth.

Video: MIA@BAL: Jones drills a 2-run double to right-center

Peterson's four RBIs matched a career high, which he accomplished once as a member of the Braves in 2015 -- also against the Marlins.

Trumbo added an insurance run with an opposite-field homer in the seventh, and Manny Machado joined the fun with an RBI single in the eighth to be safe.

Video: MIA@BAL: Machado lines a 2-out RBI single in the 8th

Bundy, who was taken deep by Bour twice, was solid overall outside of the two mistakes to the Marlins' slugger. He struck out five while pitching with a lead for one of the few times this season. And this time, it was necessary.

"It gave us some room for error," Bundy said of pitching with a lead. "[Thankfully], they scored all those runs, so [we still had a lead] in the sixth when I gave up the three-run shot to Bour."

Video: MIA@BAL: Bundy strikes out Holaday in the 5th inning

Bundy handed off the ball to a bullpen that soundly closed the door apart from some noise in the seventh, when Miguel Castro gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases before recording an out. Mychal Givens and Tanner Scott combined to avoid any further damage, Brad Brach pitched a scoreless eighth, and Zach Britton worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to close out the much-needed win.

"I was happy for Dylan to get a win out of that game because he's pitched so well for us this year, and [has gotten little to show for it]," Showalter said. "I thought Mychal had a big outing and Tanner came in in a tough spot. Good to get Zach back out there again and see some ground balls."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Givens, Scott slam the door:  Inheriting a bases-loaded situation with no outs in the top of the seventh, Givens recorded a strikeout and flyout to left to temporarily evade any danger. Scott came on to face the left-hand-hitting Bour, who drove in all four Marlins runs on two homers. Scott caught Bour looking to preserve the four-run Orioles lead.

Video: MIA@BAL: Scott K's Bour to escape a bases-loaded jam

"[Scott comes] in there and it's probably hard for people to imagine that pressure with the struggles we've had," Showalter said. "I'm disappointed Miguel went out there with a two-strike breaking ball in the middle of the plate and walked a guy. But it reminds you he is 23 years old. Hopefully, he'll learn from it. Hopefully, Tanner had a nice growing experience. That's a tough spot."

SOUND SMART
With his RBI single in the third inning, Mancini broke an 0-for-21 slump with runners in scoring position. Mancini is now 5-for-51 with runners in scoring position.

Video: MIA@BAL: Mancini grounds a 2-out RBI single to center

"This is the first time he's gone through something like this," Showalter said of Mancini's troubles at the plate. "You're trying to be real supportive with not only him, but everybody. We have three or four conversations a day. We're going to keep trying to create some positive vibes. I'm hoping it turns for a long time."

HE SAID IT
"We're doing what we can, constantly trying to get better. It doesn't always show up, but that has to be the goal going forward. It's going to be a long road for the team, but you want to see improvement in some areas. I think if you can target those and actually do it, we'll be that much better because of that." -- Trumbo, on his team's daily attempts to improve

Video: MIA@BAL: Trumbo belts a solo home run to right field

SISCO SCRATCHED, OPTIONED
Catcher Chance Sisco was scratched from the lineup an hour before the game with an illness and has reportedly been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, with catcher Caleb Joseph coming back up to Baltimore. Austin Wynns went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Sisco's place Sunday. "He hasn't slept in two or three days," Showalter said of Sisco.

"He was ready to go, just didn't think it was in his best interest, with the off-day tomorrow [giving him extra time to recover]. But we'll see. A lot of factors. That was the principle one. He just hadn't slept any. Hard enough to play this game when you have."

UP NEXT
After an off-day Monday, the Orioles will head down the coast to open a three-game series against the Nationals in Nationals Park. David Hess will get the ball, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Washington will be coming off two makeup games against the Yankees on Monday and have yet to announce a starter.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Orioles, Marlins honor Father's Day

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BALTIMORE -- It is the second Father's Day for Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, whose two-year-old daughter, Makaylah Grace, will be in attendance to watch her dad play.

"It always means very much," Givens said of playing on Father's Day, "but to even have a little girl, now going into my second Father's Day, it's even more [meaningful] to see her grow, and see the smile she has and see the features she has of me."

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BALTIMORE -- It is the second Father's Day for Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, whose two-year-old daughter, Makaylah Grace, will be in attendance to watch her dad play.

"It always means very much," Givens said of playing on Father's Day, "but to even have a little girl, now going into my second Father's Day, it's even more [meaningful] to see her grow, and see the smile she has and see the features she has of me."

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On Father's Day, Major League Baseball players donned blue hats and wore a commemorative blue ribbon on their jerseys along with other blue pieces of equipment to raise awareness for the fight against prostate cancer. Many players wore special cleats and accessories including Givens and Manny Machado for the Orioles, and Brian Anderson and Derek Dietrich for the Marlins.

Tweet from @MychalGivens: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY HAPPY TO HAVE THIS LITTLE GIRL IN MY LIFE. SO PROUD TO BE HER DAD.SHE AMAZING GIFT THAT A DAD COULD HAVE. TO SEE HER GROW AND HAVE THE SAME SMILE ITS BEEN A BLESSING #DADDYSLITTLEGIRL #MAKAYLAHGRACEGIVENS pic.twitter.com/w0mnPqtuE4

Major League Baseball has also raised awareness with its "Home Run Challenge," which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation for every home run hit by their favorite team from June 1 through Father's Day, all while tracking where their team has stacked up in a "Team vs. Team" competition. Every dollar donated through the Home Run Challenge goes to Prostate Cancer Foundation to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer.

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Father's Day couldn't have come at a better time for Justin Bour.

His team is playing well as of late, winning eight of their last 12, and he gets to spend the holiday just a quick trip up I-95 from his family in Northern Virginia.

Born in Centreville, Va., Bour played a lot of his youth baseball in Maryland, the same state in which the Marlins take on the Baltimore Orioles on Father's Day. Bour's father, a former Secret Service agent, was not only his ride to most games, but his coach for a good amount of his youth playing days.

"It's pretty cool. It's special," Bour said of playing close to home on Father's Day. "[My dad] was able to coach me and my brother growing up a little bit, and one year in high school, he coached us too a little bit."

Does Jim Bour still try to give his son pointers?

"No not really," Justin said. "Every once in a while, he will say something small. But he's in a situation where he understands we have very good coaches who are very good at what they do, and he understands the game of baseball, and that it's not as easy as some fans and family members would make it out to be. So he actually has a really good feel for the game of baseball. And he doesn't really get involved too much. He's watching every game."

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Big hit eludes Orioles in 1-run loss to Marlins

Baltimore unable to finish rallies after logging 11 hits
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BALTIMORE -- The big hit eluded the Orioles once again. When J.T. Realmuto blasted the first of his two home runs in the third inning to put the Marlins up by four, Baltimore found itself in an early hole.

The Orioles had their chances to flip the script, but behind a quality start from former Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and two home runs from Realmuto, Baltimore was outdone by Miami Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 5-4, to extend the Orioles' losing streak to nine -- matching a nine-game skid in the 2011 season.

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BALTIMORE -- The big hit eluded the Orioles once again. When J.T. Realmuto blasted the first of his two home runs in the third inning to put the Marlins up by four, Baltimore found itself in an early hole.

The Orioles had their chances to flip the script, but behind a quality start from former Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and two home runs from Realmuto, Baltimore was outdone by Miami Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 5-4, to extend the Orioles' losing streak to nine -- matching a nine-game skid in the 2011 season.

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"It's very frustrating for me -- for them -- to see them not getting back what they're putting into it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You'd think at some point the game's going to let them up a little bit. But nobody's going to feel sorry for you. 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."

Video: MIA@BAL: Showalter on lack of key hits in close loss

The loss wasn't for a lack of opportunities, which plagued the team on Friday. The Orioles, who notched 11 hits, came up empty twice with Trey Mancini at the plate in the midst of a rally. With runners in scoring position in the both third and seventh innings and Mancini up to bat, he grounded out to end the Baltimore rallies.

Jonathan Schoop, ice-cold as of late, tallied his first RBI in 18 at-bats with a solo home run in the sixth inning, while Manny Machado collected two RBIs of his own. But without hits in big moments, it was all for naught.

Video: MIA@BAL: Schoop hammers a solo home run to left field

"Yeah, we had a shot. The fourth inning on, we pitched real well. Everybody," Showalter said. "I thought that was an impressive finish of his outing with [Alex Cobb]. He struggled a little bit early with his fastball command, but he gave us a good chance. A lot of guys pull the dirt around them there, but he battled his way through seven innings. That part of it was pretty impressive. But the big hit just eluded us again."

Cobb took his team-leading ninth loss of the season, giving up five runs on seven hits in seven innings. The Marlins led off the first and second inning with doubles on Cobb's first pitch in both innings, and came around to score each time. When Realmuto followed up with a solo shot and two-run blast later in the game to give Miami a 5-2 lead, the Orioles had to do something they have accomplished just once since May 24 -- score at least five runs.

"When you have a good hitter up there, you can't fall behind to those guys and then give them a cookie down the middle," Cobb said of Realmuto. "They're gonna do [something good] with it. Yeah, 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."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Mancini can't make the most: Down 5-4, with two outs and runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh, Mancini let the chance to play hero fall through his fingertips, grounding out to short on a ball that had a good chance to tie the game. Mancini, visibly upset, spiked his helmet in frustration as he was thrown out at first.

Video: MIA@BAL: Ziegler retires Mancini to strand two in 7th

HE SAID IT
"It's a tough one. I actually felt, stuff-wise, was pretty good. 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. So I've got to build off being able to go deep in that game -- which was nice -- and the stuff being pretty good. So I've got to harness those two things and clean up the rest." -- Cobb, on fighting through to finish seven innings

SOUND SMART
Schoop's sixth-inning blast was the 18th-straight solo shot by the Orioles. The team has not hit a multi-run home run since Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer against the Red Sox in a 6-3 loss on May 19. The Giants hold the record with 21-straight solo home runs, set in 2011.

UP NEXT
The Orioles will send staff ace Dylan Bundy to the mound, looking get a win on the homestand in the series finale against the Marlins. Bundy will be opposed by Trevor Richards, who is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA in his last three starts. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Bleier to have lat surgery, done for season

Cashner set to return vs. Nationals next week
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BALTIMORE -- Richard Bleier, one of the few bright spots in the Orioles' 2018 campaign, told reporters prior to Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that he will undergo surgery to repair a Grade 3 tear in his left lat. Bleier will be out for the remainder of the season, with the goal of rehabbing to be ready in time for next Spring Training.

After undergoing surgery on Tuesday in New Jersey, Bleier will head down to the Orioles' facility in Sarasota, Fla., to begin rehab. Bleier said he has not yet received a firm timetable, but it should come after the operation.

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BALTIMORE -- Richard Bleier, one of the few bright spots in the Orioles' 2018 campaign, told reporters prior to Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that he will undergo surgery to repair a Grade 3 tear in his left lat. Bleier will be out for the remainder of the season, with the goal of rehabbing to be ready in time for next Spring Training.

After undergoing surgery on Tuesday in New Jersey, Bleier will head down to the Orioles' facility in Sarasota, Fla., to begin rehab. Bleier said he has not yet received a firm timetable, but it should come after the operation.

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Bleier sustained the tear in eighth inning of the 5-1 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday, wincing in pain the moment he let go of the fifth pitch of his relief outing.

"It felt like I got shot in the back. It was pretty unpleasant," Bleier said. "I followed through and made the pitch I was trying to make. And then kind of after the pitch, I felt it, and it was definitely uncomfortable to the point where I didn't even know if the guy got out, or if it was a hit, until I was in the training room and I asked finally. They said he got out, so that's good."

In his 31 appearances in 2018, Bleier amassed a 3-0 record and 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings pitched. Only Donnie Hart, who has appeared in six games for the Orioles, and Zach Britton, who has appeared in two, have a lower ERA than Bleier.

"It's tough because I would love to pitch every single day the rest of the year still. It's frustrating for myself, and I feel like I let the team down, honestly, by getting hurt," Bleier said. "When we start playing well, I won't be there for that. That's going to be a good time, when things turn around here and not being here for that is definitely going to be frustrating. That aspect is pretty upsetting."

Bleier is under team control for four more seasons, with the latter three being arbitration eligible.

"I'll take the exact same to be honest with you," Bleier said of his hopes for an eventual return. "I feel like I was pitching pretty well lately, and I would love to just pick up where I left off. And I'm sure it'll all work out like it [had been]."

Cashner could return Wednesday or Thursday

The Orioles were confident that as soon as starting pitcher Andrew Cashner landed on the disabled list with a lower back strain, he would only miss one start. It seems like that will hold true.

Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner will have a work day Sunday, and barring any setbacks, he should return during the three-game series at the Nationals in the upcoming week.

Beckham, Rasmus should be back next week

The Orioles' struggling bats could receive reinforcements in the coming week, with outfielder Colby Rasmus and third baseman Tim Beckham expected to come off the DL after their current rehab stints.

Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, two runs scored and three RBIs for Class A Advanced Fredrick Friday night.

With Double-A Bowie, Beckham went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in his first rehab game Friday night. He will DH when Bowie plays Portland tonight, and will get back in the field by Sunday.

Father's Day details
Major League Baseball teams will do their part to help the fight against prostate cancer, raising funds and awareness for the disease -- and other important initiatives -- leading up to Father's Day.

The O's, amid the popular "Have A Catch" campaign, will again host Father's Day Catch on the Field, presented by Pennington Grass Seed. The sold-out charitable event offers fans an opportunity to enjoy a Father's Day catch in the Oriole Park outfield prior to Sunday's series finale against the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Last year, the program raised more than $20,000 for the Orioles Charitable Foundation.

Tweet from @Orioles: Get outside and #HaveACatch. Share a video of you playing catch using #HaveACatch for a chance to win the opportunity to throw the first pitch at an #Orioles game! cc: @MikeWright_Os and @OrioleBird #Birdland pic.twitter.com/KaewmyYRBS

MLB's effort also includes the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge," which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite team from June 1 through Father's Day, all the while tracking where their team stacks up in a "Team vs. Team" competition. Every dollar donated through the Home Run Challenge goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer.

As of Friday, more than $1.85 million has been pledged via the Home Run Challenge this year. Since its inception, the Home Run Challenge has raised nearly $50 million for PCF, the world's leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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O's replace fan's damaged Roberts picture

It's a cliche that there are some objects you can't place a monetary value on because of the memories one associates with them. These are the items you never want to lose because they simply can't be replaced.

When Kelly Wilson's garage caught on fire, her picture of former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was damaged beyond repair. It seemed like the sort of object that couldn't easily be replaced:

Slumping Davis benched indefinitely by O's

Corban Joseph picks up first hit since 2013 in his place
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BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis will play again for the Orioles. But no one is exactly sure when that may be.

The 32-year-old slugger missed his third consecutive game on Friday and manager Buck Showalter said that Davis' return isn't imminent. The team is giving Davis, who is batting .150 with 86 strikeouts and four homers in 57 games, time to try something new, in hopes that it will spark a turnaround to his season.

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BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis will play again for the Orioles. But no one is exactly sure when that may be.

The 32-year-old slugger missed his third consecutive game on Friday and manager Buck Showalter said that Davis' return isn't imminent. The team is giving Davis, who is batting .150 with 86 strikeouts and four homers in 57 games, time to try something new, in hopes that it will spark a turnaround to his season.

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Showalter said he doesn't expect Davis' absence to last a week or two, but the Orioles are not putting a timetable on his return. He is available if "the team needs what he can bring" off the bench, though it seemed obvious Showalter would be hesitant to use him.

Video: BOS@BAL: Wright gets Davis with wicked knuckleball

Davis, who has a $23 million annual salary that includes four more seasons beyond 2018, is on pace to have one of the worst offensive seasons in Major League history. The Orioles can't send him to the Minor Leagues without his permission and -- besides absorbing the entirety of his contract -- don't have a whole lot of other options.

The O's promoted infielder Corban Joseph from Double-A Bowie to play first base in Davis' place. They used the roster spot of Yefry Ramirez, who made a spot start on Wednesday but doesn't have a place with starter Andrew Cashner due back next week.

Joseph, who singled to right field in the fourth inning of Friday's 2-0 loss to the Marlins, finished 1-for-4 as the leadoff hitter.

Video: MIA@BAL: Corban Joseph singles for 1st hit since 2013

The 29-year-old is the youngest brother of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph (who is currently with Triple-A Norfolk). Caleb made the Opening Day roster and has been a regular fixture with Baltimore over the past few years while Corban has played one day in the Majors as part of a doubleheader with the Yankees in 2013.

What would Corban have said if someone told him this spring he'd be with the O's and Caleb would not be?

Tweet from @EutawBackstop: Major Congrats to my little brother @joseph_corban for his hard work and perseverance for 5 years since his last MLB appearance! You fought the good fight, you kept the faith. Now finish the race! Love you very much Bro!

"I would have probably said that you were a liar," Corban said. "It's been a crazy offseason and a crazy year so far. I'm very blessed that the Orioles gave me an opportunity to come to camp and be where I am today. It's just amazing.

"I would have loved to have [Caleb] here. I know he's taking care of business in Norfolk and he's doing what he needs to be doing. It's just a matter of time before he gets back up. I'm looking forward to him coming back up and hopefully we can be in the same locker room."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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McKenna stays hot for Frederick

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

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Zack Brown fell one out short of throwing a no-hitter, but still went the distance as he recorded the first complete game and shutout of his career in Double-A Biloxi's 5-0 win over Mississippi.

The Brewers' No. 23 prospect kept the M-Braves off the basepaths for the first seven innings before an error by Biloxi right fielder Trent Grisham to open the eighth inning ended Brown's chance at a perfect game. He rebounded to set down the next three batters in order, and then retired the first two batters in the ninth before allowing a single on a soft fly ball to center field with two outs.

Brown would get the next and final Mississippi batter to ground out to shortstop to seal his one-hit shutout. He struck out eight and matched his season-high mark by throwing 109 pitches (71 strikes) in the outing.

Tabbed by Brewers club officials as a potential breakout candidate heading into 2018, Brown has done just that.

Assigned to Double-A to open the season, even though he made just four Class A Advanced Carolina starts in 2017, Brown -- a 2016 fifth-round pick out of the University of Kentucky -- has been anything but overmatched in the Southern League. In addition to his perfect 6-0 record in 14 starts, the 23-year-old right-hander leads the qualified hurlers in the circuit in both WHIP (1.00) and innings pitched (85 1/3) and ranks third in ERA (tied, 2.53) and strikeouts (84). Opposing hitters, meanwhile, are batting just .204 against him.

Brown has been especially sharp over his last four starts, pitching to a 1.33 ERA with 32 strikeouts and just 13 hits allowed in 27 innings.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday

No. 5 overall prospect Nick Senzel (Reds' No. 1) has collected multiple hits in six straight games after finishing 2-for-5 with a double in Triple-A Louisville's 5-2 win over Toledo. The 22-year-old infielder has 14 hits and a .500 average (14-for-28) in that span, during which he's boosted his overall average from .256 to .302.

• No. 14 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) cleared the bases with a double as he recorded three hits for the third time in five games for Triple-A Fresno. The 21-year-old outfielder finished 3-for-5 at the plate, also stealing two bases in the contest. Tucker is quietly putting up big numbers in his first Triple-A campaign, as his latest performance gives him a .288/.359/.484 batting line with nine home runs, 20 doubles, 52 RBIs and 10 steals through 61 games.

Tucker doubles in three

• No. 18 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) collected three run-scoring hits as he matched his season high with four RBIs in Class A Cedar Rapids' 14-2 win over Peoria. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick connected on a first-inning solo homer and later added a pair of RBI singles to finish 3-for-5. It was the third multihit performance in four games for Lewis, who's slashing .298/.342/.454 with six homers, 16 doubles and 16 steals through 54 games in his first full season.

Lewis hits a solo blast

• No. 42 overall prospect Adrian Morejon (Padres' No. 6) was a bat-missing machine as he recorded 12 of his 18 outs via the strikeout in a strong outing for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. The dozen strikeouts marked a career high for the Morejon, who ultimately allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in the outing. The 19-year-old lefty owns a 3.59 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings this season and has now struck out at least seven batters while completing at least six frames in three straight starts.

A's No. 7 prospect Austin Beck extended his hitting streak to eight games with his second four-hit game of the season for Class A Beloit. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate, tallying a double, three runs scored and two RBIs in Beloit's 9-2 win over Clinton. With one home run in 57 games this season, Beck hasn't yet tapped into the robust raw power that in part made him the No. 6 overall pick in last year's Draft. The good news, however, is that the 19-year-old outfielder is hitting for average (.298/.339/.368), while keeping his strikeouts in check (56 K's in 57 games).

• After being reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day, Nationals No. 13 prospect Luis Reyes contributed on both sides of the ball to help Double-A Harrisburg blank Richmond, 3-0. The 23-year-old righty impressed on the mound by allowing four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six scoreless innings, and he also helped his cause at the plate by delivering a solo home run in the fifth inning while also reaching once via a walk. The homer was Reyes' first career hit and came in his eighth pro at-bat.

Orioles No. 29 prospect Ryan McKenna stayed red hot by tallying an extra-base hit in both ends of Class A Advanced Frederick's doubleheader against Down East. He fared particularly well in the nightcap, going 2-for-4 with his eighth home run after hitting a double as part of a 1-for-3 showing in the opener. The 21-year-old's .374 average through 66 games this season is tops in the Carolina League and ranks second in the Minors behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. McKenna also leads the Carolina League in OBP (.466), slugging (.557), hits (95), total bases (141) and runs scored (59).

Yankees No. 9 prospect Dillon Tate scattered four hits and two walks and racked up a season-best 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision for Double-A Trenton. The 24-year-old righty has permitted more than two earned runs once in his past seven starts, during which he's lowered his season ERA from 5.24 to 3.11. He's compiled 62 strikeouts and 16 walks and held hitters to a paltry .214 average in 66 2/3 innings (12 starts) this season.

Tate's 10th strikeout

Yankees No. 10 prospect Matt Sauer was unhittable over six innings in his season debut for Class A Short Season Staten Island. The 2017 second-rounder faced the minimum in the performance, issuing one walk and striking out three while throwing 49 of his 75 pitches for strikes. It was the seventh career start for 19-year-old righty after he posted a 5.40 ERA over 11 2/3 innings (six starts) last year in his pro debut.

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O's entering dubious history as skid continues

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are entering historic territory. But it's not the kind of record book any team wants to be in.

In a season already littered with ineffective offense, disheartening injuries and the team's highest-paid player -- first baseman Chris Davis -- benched indefinitely, not even a last-place Marlins team could cure the O's woes. Instead, Baltimore mustered up just three hits in Friday's 2-0 series-opening loss, running its losing streak to eight and putting it just one game off the pace of the 1988 club, the worst team in franchise history.

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are entering historic territory. But it's not the kind of record book any team wants to be in.

In a season already littered with ineffective offense, disheartening injuries and the team's highest-paid player -- first baseman Chris Davis -- benched indefinitely, not even a last-place Marlins team could cure the O's woes. Instead, Baltimore mustered up just three hits in Friday's 2-0 series-opening loss, running its losing streak to eight and putting it just one game off the pace of the 1988 club, the worst team in franchise history.

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The O's have not won a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in over a month (May 13) and are the only team in the Majors to not have eclipsed the 20-win mark. On Friday, the Orioles' lineup was completely flummoxed by Marlins righty Jose Urena, who entered the day 1-8 with a 4.59 ERA before going a season-high eight innings. The last time Urena went eight or more scoreless innings was Sept. 11, 2016. That was 45 starts ago.

Video: MIA@BAL: Urena hurls 8 dominant shutout innings

"I think everybody's tired of giving credit to the other pitcher. That's certainly the case at this level, but we have guys capable of doing a lot better than we have," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, adding that the team has made changes and will continue to do so.

"But as far as in the dugout and in the clubhouse, there's frustration, I'll tell you that. But there's two ways you take frustration, and we haven't been able to take that frustration and put it into some other funnel, so to speak."

Corban Joseph, summoned from Double-A Bowie to play first base in Davis' absence, had the Orioles' only hit for the first six innings. The O's stranded a runner at third in the seventh and were held to one run or fewer for the 21st time in 68 games.

"Every time you get to the plate, I think everyone in this locker room, you're trying to contribute and just do something positive whether it's moving a runner, laying a bunt down with a man on base, just trying to spark something," said Joseph, who notched his second career big league hit. "Whenever I step in, that's what I try and do."

Video: MIA@BAL: Corban Joseph singles for 1st hit since 2013

But Joseph's energy wasn't enough as the Orioles were shut out for the eighth time this season, bested by the second-worst offense in the Majors.

Righty Kevin Gausman took the loss, running up a high pitch count early and allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings. The Marlins scored on Brian Anderson's two-out single into left field in the fifth and added a run in the sixth on Lewis Brinson's second triple of the night.

"[Urena] obviously pitched a good game, and I felt like we had a pitchers' duel going there for a while," Gausman said. "He's got really good stuff over there. A guy who throws that hard and has sink and he's throwing 93-mph changeups, he was tough. But it's baseball. It's going to happen."

Video: MIA@BAL: Gausman strikes out Castro to end the frame

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Baltimore put the first two men on in the seventh inning, after Adam Jones bunted down the third-base line and Manny Machado followed with a single. But Danny Valencia grounded into a double play and Trey Mancini struck out to keep the Marlins' two-run lead intact.

"That was a good opportunity for us. Danny's been swinging the bat pretty well comparatively speaking to everybody else," Showalter said. "We've got some people that we know are capable of a lot better, just aren't able to produce right now."

Video: MIA@BAL: Riddle, Castro combine for smooth DP

SOUND SMART
Friday's eighth straight loss marks the Orioles' longest skid since a nine-gamer that ended on July 15, 2011.

REHAB REPORT
Third baseman Tim Beckham went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored in his first rehab game at Double-A Bowie on Friday. Outfielder Colby Rasmus finished 2-for-4 with a double, homer, two runs scored and three RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader for Class A Advanced Frederick.

HE SAID IT
"It was exciting. Adrenaline's still there. It was something I'll always remember, for sure. Different ballpark. I never played here in Baltimore, so something I'll cherish forever." -- Joseph, on playing in his first game as an Oriole and first Major League game since May 13, 2013, with the Yankees

Tweet from @EutawBackstop: Major Congrats to my little brother @joseph_corban for his hard work and perseverance for 5 years since his last MLB appearance! You fought the good fight, you kept the faith. Now finish the race! Love you very much Bro!

UP NEXT
Baltimore will face former Oriole, lefty Wei-Yin Chen, at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday at Camden Yards. Chen will be opposed by Orioles righty Alex Cobb, who will be looking to bounce back after allowing nine runs in his last start.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Ramirez K's 6 in strong debut; O's fall to Sox

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BALTIMORE -- Yefry Ramirez's opening act -- a matchup against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox -- was a daunting one. And the righty handled it well.

Ramirez pitched into the fifth inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Sox, holding Boston to three runs, two of which scored after he exited in a commendable Major League debut. But, as has been the case in nearly all of the Orioles' losses this season, the offense failed to deliver in the 5-1 series-sweeping loss.

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BALTIMORE -- Yefry Ramirez's opening act -- a matchup against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox -- was a daunting one. And the righty handled it well.

Ramirez pitched into the fifth inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Sox, holding Boston to three runs, two of which scored after he exited in a commendable Major League debut. But, as has been the case in nearly all of the Orioles' losses this season, the offense failed to deliver in the 5-1 series-sweeping loss.

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Video: BOS@BAL: Wynn cuts down Nunez at second base

"It was a tough situation. He flies in here last night and walks in the locker room. It's a sticky day. He hadn't thrown barely over 90 pitches this year," manager Buck Showalter said of Ramirez. "He held his own for the most part. He gave us a chance. I was proud of him.

"[The Red Sox have a] tough lineup, and he competed and didn't implode and start walking a bunch of people," Showalter continued. "He made some out pitches, and you see why he's won a lot of baseball games in his Minor League career. I'm glad he got the opportunity."

For the 20th time in 67 games, Baltimore was held to one run or fewer. This defeat ran its current losing streak to seven. The O's are the final team in the Majors to not eclipse the 20-win mark, and the series finale against Sale -- who went six-plus innings before being ejected as he exited -- proved a particularly tough test.

The Orioles pushed across a run in the seventh after back-to-back walks set up Jace Peterson's sacrifice fly.

Video: BOS@BAL: Peterson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field

"He throws his fastball 94-99. His slider is super hard to hit especially when he has good command," Peterson said of Sale. "He's a tough one to hit any day but especially when he's got his good stuff working."

Ramirez, a last-minute addition with Andrew Cashner on the disabled list, held Boston to one run -- a solo shot by Mookie Betts -- through the first four frames. Ranked as the Orioles' No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Ramirez struck out six and allowed just four hits, getting some key swings and misses on his changeup.

"The plan was to go after the hitters, continue to attack the zone, regardless of name or batting order," Ramirez said through an interpreter. "Try to continue to do the same things I was able to do in Triple-A -- stay ahead in the count, always open with the first-pitch strike."

Video: BOS@BAL: Showalter on the 5-1 loss to the Red Sox

That plan started to falter, and a pair of back-to-back walks to Betts and Andrew Benintendi ended Ramirez's day one out into the fifth at 97 pitches. Righty Mike Wright Jr. allowed both runs to score to push Ramirez's line to three earned runs.

"I think there was some fatigue to it as well," Ramirez said of not being as aggressive in the fifth. "I think at that point, I was trying to do too much and things weren't working -- a combination of those two things."

Wright allowed two more of his own volition, including J.D. Martinez's seventh-inning solo homer -- his 22nd of the year -- to pad Boston's lead.

Video: BOS@BAL: Bleier leaves the game with an arm injury

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bleier exits in pain: Orioles reliever Richard Bleier exited in the eighth inning with a left lat injury. The lefty threw a pitch and put his glove down to grab his arm in pain as head athletic trainer Brian Ebel rushed out. He will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

"Thankfully, we have an off-day tomorrow, so it will kind of give everybody a chance to regroup," said Bleier, who exited the game immediately after, "but it's obviously not good for everyone and everything's kind of not going well, so it kind of just compounds that."

HE SAID IT
"You have to go out there and be ready to compete and play hard no matter who is on the mound. It's no secret we are definitely struggling as a team, but we are big leaguers in here and it's got to turn eventually. We got to keep working, and when enough guys buy in and everyone starts feeling better at the plate and you get a couple to fall, it will just trickle on down." -- Peterson, on a slumping offense facing Sale

UP NEXT
Kevin Gausman will take the mound following Thursday's off-day, opening a weekend series against the Marlins at Camden Yards. Miami righty Jose Urena will oppose him in the 7:05 p.m. ET Interleague game on Friday.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Machado's market grows with more contenders

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BALTIMORE -- The Manny Machado sweepstakes are well underway, and Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette acknowledged Tuesday that with Baltimore in last place, his phone will be ringing a lot over the next month and a half.

"We have several weeks of work to do, yeah," Duquette said, laughing at the understatement as Baltimore enters a pivotal non-waiver Trade Deadline window. "[A lot of work] in the next day."

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BALTIMORE -- The Manny Machado sweepstakes are well underway, and Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette acknowledged Tuesday that with Baltimore in last place, his phone will be ringing a lot over the next month and a half.

"We have several weeks of work to do, yeah," Duquette said, laughing at the understatement as Baltimore enters a pivotal non-waiver Trade Deadline window. "[A lot of work] in the next day."

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That doesn't mean, of course, that there will be a fire sale. The Orioles had a high asking price for Machado this winter when they dangled him, and the interest is higher right now.

"Well, there's more clubs that have identified that they're contenders, right? In the winter time, clubs weren't sure where they would be in the race, but now, I think they've got a better idea," Duquette said of Machado's market. "There's a lot of clubs in the race that are active, trying to add to their ballclub."

While there's been speculation that the Orioles would consider trading guys who aren't free agents, such as Jonathan Schoop or pitchers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, Duquette said that isn't the case. The interest lies in the club's four primary pending free agents: Machado, Zach Britton, Adam Jones and Brad Brach.

"That's generally how the market works this time of year," Duquette said of the interest in rentals. "Whatever we do, we want to add to our club. Hopefully we can do that for a couple years."

In the final year of his contract -- along with manager Buck Showalter -- Duquette will be tasked with making trades that could impact the organization for a long time. Does he feel pressure to get a substantial return for a player like Machado?

"Well, the market will dictate that," said Duquette. "I'm sure there will be a lot of teams trying to add to their club."

Duquette said trade talks have not advanced enough with any club to talk specific names and he -- like Showalter -- is confident Britton will be able to re-establish his value coming off the disabled list.

"It's disappointing for everybody when your ballclub doesn't do what it's expected to do," Duquette said. "The good news is our pitching has been decent, obviously we've been struggling to score runs. Our defense needs to get stronger. So we have a lot of work to do."

Cashner to DL

Andrew Cashner was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday (retroactive to Saturday) with a lower back strain. The club hopes the righty, who first had his back lock up after his Friday start in Toronto, will return after the minimum 10-day stay.

To take Cashner's roster spot, the O's recalled left-hander Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk.

Cashner will miss Wednesday's scheduled start, and Yefry Ramirez will be called up from Norfolk to make his Major League debut.

Worth noting

• Struggling slugger Chris Davis did not start on Tuesday and will get three days off to help get him going.

• Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo, who was placed on the DL on Monday with a right elbow strain, said there is no timetable for his return.

• In addition to first-rounder Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles have signed 14 other players from this year's Draft. Outfielder Robert Neustrom (fifth round), left-handed pitcher Kevin Magee (ninth), right-handed pitcher Dallas Litscher (10th), right-handed pitcher Parker McFadden (16th), right-handed pitcher Jake Zebron (18th), infielder Ian Evans (26th), left-handed pitcher Jason Montville (27th), catcher Jared Denning (29th), right-handed pitcher Tyler Joyner (30th), right-handed pitcher Jayvien Sandridge (32nd), infielder Zach McLeod (33rd), outfielder Trey Truitt (34th), catcher Matt Beaird (36th) and right-handed pitcher Andrew Ciolli (37th).

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Staked to early lead, Hess struggles vs. Sox

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BALTIMORE -- The number looms larger and larger with each passing day, a symbol of the frustration, disappointment and a whole slew of lengthy superlatives that still, somehow, don't do this season justice.

Nineteen wins. A number that has followed this Orioles team for nearly a week, that has made Baltimore the last team in the Majors -- in mid-June -- to reach the 20-win mark. The positives are hard to come by, particularly when some of the bright spots -- like rookie starter David Hess -- start to fade. That was the case Tuesday, as Boston roughed up Hess over 3 1/3 innings to hand the O's a 6-4 series defeat.

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BALTIMORE -- The number looms larger and larger with each passing day, a symbol of the frustration, disappointment and a whole slew of lengthy superlatives that still, somehow, don't do this season justice.

Nineteen wins. A number that has followed this Orioles team for nearly a week, that has made Baltimore the last team in the Majors -- in mid-June -- to reach the 20-win mark. The positives are hard to come by, particularly when some of the bright spots -- like rookie starter David Hess -- start to fade. That was the case Tuesday, as Boston roughed up Hess over 3 1/3 innings to hand the O's a 6-4 series defeat.

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"He's coming in pitching so well. Been so happy with him, the way he's pitched up here. Just command got away from him," manager Buck Showalter said of Hess, who allowed five runs in the loss. "It seemed like he was a little quick tonight. He's always been a get-down-the-hill guy and it seemed like he was a little out of sync. Tempo was a little different tonight."

Baltimore, which saw its losing streak rise to six, has three fewer wins than any other team in baseball. An offense that has struggled to find the big hit left the bases loaded with one out in the seventh inning and is 1-8 against Boston this year.

"It's really tough. We got the bases loaded, we didn't score when we got some runners on. It's tough," Jonathan Schoop said of the lineup's season-long struggles. "The pitchers out there, they want to get us out and we want to get hits, so nobody is trying to go out there and not do their jobs. It's tough. We've got to keep grinding and working hard and hopefully things start going."

Video: BOS@BAL: Rickard mashes a leadoff homer in the 1st

The Orioles got a leadoff homer from Joey Rickard in the first for a short-lived lead, but then Sox third baseman Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer in the second inning. Hess surrendered a solo shot to Andrew Benintendi in the third and the Sox added two more in the fourth to chase Hess and force Showalter to go to his bullpen early.

"You look at what they were able to do, they were able to capitalize on some mistakes," said Hess, who has four quality starts in his first six games, with Boston twice getting the best of him. "At the end of the day, if I execute some pitches a little bit better, I think the results are different. But that's a good lineup. You got to be at your best going out there and tonight I wasn't."

Video: BOS@BAL: Trumbo's double plates Valencia, Schoop

The O's scored two off Red Sox starter, and former Orioles farmhand, Eduardo Rodriguez but left 12 men on base and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position until Mark Trumbo's two-out, two-run double in the ninth.

Orioles closer Zach Britton made his season debut with a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning. Britton walked three of the first four batters he faced, but he was able to get out of the jam unscathed in his first outing since having Achilles surgery in December.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Orioles loaded the bases with one out on reliever Hector Velazquez in the bottom of the seventh inning. Velazquez struck out Trey Mancini and then Joe Kelly got Schoop to send a dribbler back to the mound for an easy force at home.

Video: BOS@BAL: Kelly gets out of a bases-loaded jam

Baltimore also stranded runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but they need some success. I don't care how strong you are mentally or emotionally, in this game it will wear on you when you have that amount of struggles with something you've been so good at," Showalter said of Mancini and Schoop's timely hitting gone missing. "It just beats on you every day. I see it behind the scenes and in the dugout and up the runway. But there's only one way to get out of it, you've got to go out there and fight your way through it."

SOUND SMART
Adam Jones singled in his first and fourth at-bats, tying Manny Machado for the team lead with 21 multihit games, including three in his past four. Jones has hit safely in five consecutive games against the Red Sox and seven of nine games this season.

Video: BOS@BAL: Britton strikes out Devers in his 2018 debut

HE SAID IT
"Like nine months since I pitched in a big league game, so it almost felt like my debut. Like an out-of-body experience. It was weird. But just happy to get through that one, and, obviously, I know that command [is], obviously, not going to play. I can't remember the last time I threw a ball to the backstop. So that just shows you. It was just a weird one out there, but I was just happy to get it out of the way and then just kind of settle back in, kind of breathe a little bit." -- Britton, on his season debut

UP NEXT
Minor Leaguer Yefry Ramirez will be called up Wednesday to make his Major League debut in place of the injured Andrew Cashner against the Red Sox. Ramirez has a 4.33 ERA in 12 starts and 60 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Norfolk. Boston will counter with ace Chris Sale, and first pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. ET.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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