BALTIMORE — — Long after it turned obvious Baltimore was going to lose floor in its pursuit of a playoff berth, there was nonetheless an aura of thriller surrounding this mismatch between the Orioles and Detroit Tigers.
As Tyler Alexander stacked one hitless inning after one other, the stress mounted with each pitch.
“You get within the seventh inning, and also you begin questioning if we’re seeing one thing,” Detroit supervisor AJ Hinch mentioned.
Alexander’s no-hit bid ended within the seventh, however which may have been the one downer for the Tigers in an 11-0 blowout Monday evening.
Baltimore fell 5 video games behind Seattle within the race for the final of three AL wild-card spots. Both groups have 16 video games left, and the Mariners personal the tiebreaker benefit for profitable the season sequence.
Alexander (4-10) allowed solely two baserunners over the primary six innings, each on walks, earlier than Ryan Mountcastle led off the seventh by lofting a single in entrance of Riley Greene in middle. Anthony Santander adopted with one other single, however each runners had been stranded.
Prior to that, the closest Baltimore got here to a success was within the sixth, when Ryan Kreidler snagged Adley Rutchman’s two-out grounder down the third-bottom line and fired the ball to first.
Alexander matched his profession excessive by pitching seven innings. The lefty, who struck out 4, was winless in 4 begins since Aug. 20
“I had fastball command for the primary time shortly, which was good. It opened up a number of the plate,” Alexander mentioned.
As the sport went on he could not assist considering of a no-hitter, however the 28-yr-previous tried to not get forward of himself.
“I simply stored telling myself, dominate the following inning,” he mentioned.
When his bid for historical past ended, Alexander took solace in the truth that he was dominant for seven shutout innings.
“I wasn’t too upset when the ball landed. At that time, I simply wished to get via seven clear,” he mentioned. “And then with the hit by the following man, I’m glad I stored it collectively and put up one other zero.”
Will Vest labored the eighth and José Cisnero accomplished the 2-hitter.
After shedding six of their earlier seven video games, the final-place Tigers took management with a 5-run fourth in opposition to Tyler Wells (7-7) that made it 6-0. Greene contributed an RBI double, and he doubled in two runs within the sixth for an 8-0 lead.
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera returned from a keep on the injured record with a left biceps pressure to contribute two singles and an RBI. The two hits moved the 39-yr-previous right into a tie with Cap Anson for twenty fourth with 3,081.
After their tenth shutout lack of the season stalled their pursuit of a wild-card berth, the Orioles tried to look forward.
“Tonight was simply nothing went proper for us, and hopefully we are able to rebound tomorrow,” supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned. “We’ll flip the web page on this.”
MEET THE NEW BOSS
Detroit employed 36-yr-previous Scott Harris to be president of baseball operations following his profitable three-yr stint as normal supervisor of the San Francisco Giants. Harris takes over for Tigers GM Al Avila, who was fired on Aug. 10.
Hinch mentioned Cabrera might be given Tuesday off and return to the lineup for the sequence finale Wednesday evening. Hinch outlined the schedule as a result of when the Tigers had been on the town final yr, he rested Cabrera so the slugger may search his five hundredth profession homer at dwelling. “I do not wish to get booed once more by the followers once I sat him at 499,” Hinch mentioned. “I had a fan inform me I owed him 50 bucks for the ticket he purchased.”
Orioles: Still nursing a sore elbow after being hit by a pitch on Saturday, Mountcastle served because the designated hitter as a substitute of taking part in first base.
The Orioles try to make up floor within the wild card race on Tuesday evening, sending Austin Voth (5-2, 4.36 ERA) to the mound in opposition to the Tigers and rookie left-hander Joey Wentz (1-2, 4.15).