Jason Hammel took a Robinson Cano line drive off his right elbow in the top of the fourth inning, bringing the sounds of silence from a sellout crowd, along with manager Buck Showalter and assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel from the dugout.
As if the Orioles need another starter to go down with an injury.
The ball caromed off Hammel’s elbow and rolled into left field. Hammel shook his arm and paced behind the mound before Showalter and Ebel reached him.
Hammel squeezed Ebel’s hand and turned his wrist. He stayed in the game after a few warmup tosses and retired Alex Rodriguez on slow roller and struck out Eric Chavez before Curtis Granderson singled to reduce the Orioles’ lead to 4-1.
Robert Andino got the run back in the bottom half of the inning with his career-high sixth home run of the season and his first since July 14 against the Tigers. Andino has six hits in his last 20 at-bats.
Making his first start since July 13, Hammel has allowed one run and five hits in four innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. He’s thrown 55 pitches, 39 for strikes.
Hammel lost four straight starts before being placed on the disabled list and undergoing surgery on his right knee. He hasn’t won since June 22 against the Nationals.
Update: Hammel struck out Cano to strand two runners in the fifth while Randy Wolf warmed in the bullpen.
Hammel has allowed one run and six hits in five innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. He’s thrown 76 pitches, 52 for strikes.
Here are some quotes about Cal Ripken Jr., who received a prolonged ovation before the top of the fifth inning when he was shown on the video board:
Earl Weaver: “From the first time his father brought Cal Jr. to Memorial Stadium as a high school player, I could see something special in him. He showed natural ability in the field, and at 16 years old was hitting balls out of the ballpark. Any person that knew anything about baseball could tell he would be a major league player. As years passed, he surpassed all expectations and an induction into the Hall of Fame was a no-brainer. All accolades attributed to him are well deserved.”
Jim Palmer: “What a pleasure to have been a teammate of Cal’s in 1981 and get to see him work his magic with the glove and bat for over 20 years. I cannot think of a baseball player who did more on and off the field than Cal.”
Eddie Murray: “Cal was a great teammate and we had a lot of good memories together. He is very deserving of this statue and it will be a permanent reminder of his contributions to this organization and the city of Baltimore.”
Update II: Wolf replaced Hammel after a leadoff walk to Rodriguez in the sixth. Hammel left to a standing ovation, one of many here at Camden Yards tonight.
Chavez grounded into a double play to erase Rodriguez.
Tonight’s attendance: 46,298, the sixth sellout of the season.
Update III: Mark Reynolds homered again because he can’t help himself.
His solo shot leading off the bottom of the sixth inning increased the Orioles’ lead to 6-1. Reynolds has homered in three straight games, a feat matched by Adam Jones from May 15-17. Reynolds has seven homers in his last seven games, and 19 on the season.
Update IV: What a turnaround.
Pedro Strop replaced Wolf in the eighth with the Orioles leading 6-2 and gave up an RBI single to Curtis Granderson, walked the next two batters - forcing in a run - and allowed a two-run single to Ichiro Suzuki to tie the game, 6-6.
Darren O’Day entered the game and forced Derek Jeter to pop out.
The Orioles are 60-0 when leading after the seventh inning. They no longer hold a lead as we head to the bottom of the eighth.
A loss here would leave a mark similar to the bruises on Nick Markakis’ left biceps and Hammel’s right elbow.
Update V: What a turnaround - Part II.
Jones crushed a David Robertson pitch leading off the bottom of the eighth for his 28th home run this season, giving the Orioles a 7-6 lead. Matt Wieters walked and Reynolds hit his second homer, giving him 20 on the season.
Boone Logan entered the game and Chris Davis greeted him with a home run, his 24th.
Eighteen of Jones’ home runs have tied the game or given the Orioles a lead. Tonight’s blast was his 100th home run as an Oriole.
Did anyone think back in early August that Reynolds would hit 20 home runs? He has eight in his last seven games.
I guess we know what Davis can do if given over 400 at-bats in a season.
The Orioles have a season-high six homers tonight. They hadn’t hit six in a game since Aug. 28, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay at Camden Yards.
Jim Johnson was going for his 42nd save until Davis gave the Orioles a 10-6 lead.