BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter says he took Manny Machado out of Thursday night’s game as a precaution. Showalter saw that Machado wasn’t moving well.
Machado didn’t dispute his manager. The care of the 21-year-old star third baseman overrode the Orioles’ disappointment in losing a second straight grueling game.
After the Orioles’ 8-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians in 13 innings before 18,894 at Oriole Park, the questions were more about Machado than anything else.
Machado injured the groin in the fourth inning when he slid into second base, but he played on until Showalter removed him for the 12th inning.
“I tried to keep things where it wasn’t a bad pain or something like that. You just keep playing through it. Grind it out. And hopefully it’ll just keep getting better but at that point it didn’t. It was out of my hands and Buck came up to me and asked me how I was feeling. I gave him an answer and he took me out of the game,” Machado said.
“It wasn’t too much of a pain but toward the end of the game it kept getting a little stiff. A precaution to get out and see how it feels tomorrow and hopefully get back in the lineup.”
The Orioles were careful with the rehabilitation of Machado’s left knee, the one that was operated on last October and kept him out of action until three weeks ago.
“I didn't like some of the body language he had moving around and everything, especially running down the line. You get a feel for your players and I didn't think he was moving well and I kind of took it out of his hands. I thought it would be good to exercise a little caution there and see where we are tomorrow,” Showalter said.
Even without Machado, there were some notable storylines. It was two tired teams playing on. The Indians had played 13 innings and used nine pitchers on Wednesday, forcing them to use Justin Masterson on three days rest for the first time. The Orioles slogged through a nearly 3 ½ hour loss in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Six Orioles pitchers were called on performed, and the final one, Troy Patton (0-1) allowed two 13th runs and the Indians (23-25) had another grueling win.
Carlos Santana delivered a bases-loaded double to score Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall.
“It’s disappointing because it was my fault that we lost,” Patton said.
Wei-Yin Chen allowed five runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Brian Matusz, Darren O’Day, Zach Britton and Preston Guilmet, who was recalled earlier in the day pitched before Patton. Only O’Day, who gave up an eighth-inning home run to Chisnehall, allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings before Patton.
Tommy Hunter was put on the disabled list before the game with a strained left groin. Guilmet did a great job, retiring all seven batters who faced him.
Showalter said that the Orioles would look at their bullpen options before deciding to call for some help.
Brad Brach, who worked four innings on Wednesday night and Ryan Webb, who pitched two were unavailable. Patton was the last option remaining.
Since his return on May 1, Patton has allowed six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
“The last two outings have been a struggle, but other than that, I felt fine. I still feel fine. I’m throwing good pitches, it’s just some bad luck and some bad timing,” Patton said.
Josh Outman (4-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Scott Atchison picked up his first save, though he allowed Nick Markakis’ third home run of the year with one out.
Ryan Raburn lined his first home run of the year to left leading off the second for a 1-0 Cleveland lead.
In the third, Michael Bourn reached on an infield single with one out. Two batters later, Brantley tripled to right field to score Bourn. Chen’s wild pitch scored Brantley, and the Indians led 3-0.
Masterson was fine for five innings, but inn the sixth came unglued. Adam Jones hit a fly ball to right center that Bourn and David Murphy let fall between them for a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Nelson Cruz walked. Steve Clevenger and Hardy delivered RBI singles, and Ryan Flaherty hit his first home run of the year, and suddenly the Orioles led 5-3.
Chen got the first out of the seventh but Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana singled. Gomes scored on Murphy’s infield out, and Mike Aviles’ single over second base scored Santana to tie the score.
The Orioles took a 6-5 lead in the seventh when Machado scored on Cruz’s fly ball to center.
Chisenhall’s home run tied it at 6.