Showalter on missed chances, Miley and 5-2 loss

The Orioles didn’t get a quality start out of left-hander Wade Miley, who struggled to make it through five innings. They went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

They kept knocking on the door, but never were able to bust it open.

A 5-2 loss to the Yankees this afternoon denied the Orioles a sweep of the three-game series and dropped them three behind the Blue Jays in the American League East.

The Orioles (74-62) will board their charter later today for Tampa, with ensuing stops in Detroit and Boston. They’re 45-25 at home and 29-37 on the road.

Miley threw 36 pitches in the first inning, walking the first two batters, and fell behind 3-0. He struck out the side, but the damage was done.

Miley allowed four runs and five hits in five innings, with four walks and four strikeouts. He was done after 102 pitches, his ERA as an Oriole at 7.15 in seven starts.

The Orioles wasted singles by Adam Jones and Manny Machado in the first inning and a leadoff walk by Steve Pearce in the second. They scored once in the fourth inning on Pearce’s fielder’s choice grounder after Mark Trumbo’s leadoff walk and Chris Davis’ single into center field.

Matt-Wieters-at-bat-white.jpgMatt Wieters was hit by a Michael Pineda pitch on the right knee, but the next two batters were retired.

The Orioles scored one more run in the fifth on Jones’ leadoff single and Pedro Alvarez’s RBI double to left, an aggressive send by third base coach Bobby Dickerson paying off. Luis Severino walked Trumbo and Davis with one out to load the bases, but Pearce struck out and Wieters grounded out.

The door stayed on its hinges.

The Orioles didn’t get another hit until Davis’ leadoff single in the eighth, the ball slamming into Tyler Clippard. Pearce and Wieters struck out, and Dellin Betances retired Jonathan Schoop on a grounder.

Vance Worley threw two scoreless innings, walking three batters, and Oliver Drake (Navy) retired the Yankees in order in the eighth. Trumbo misplayed Tyler Austin’s fly ball near the out-of-town scoreboard in right field for a two-base error to open the ninth, and Brett Gardner lifted a sacrifice fly off rookie Donnie Hart to give New York a 5-2 lead.

Hart retired both left-handed hitters he faced.

Jones singled twice to move past Paul Blair into sole possession of ninth place on the Orioles’ all-time hits list with 1,427.

Before the game, Chris Tillman threw a regular bullpen session and Darren O’Day threw off a half-mound and the results were positive. They’ll throw again on Wednesday.

Here’s a sampling from manager Buck Showalter:

On missed opportunities: “We know there’s opportunities, but it’s not that easy. They’ve got good pitchers. We knew that their guy is, what, eighth in the league in strikeouts? We know he’s got that type of stuff. He made some pitches when he had to and it’s that time of year when you can approach games out of your bullpen a lot different than you can during the season. And today was a good example.

“Wade gave up a couple walks and a duck flare and then a ground ball that rolled through, and the next thing you know, we’re down 3-0. But they held it together and kept us in the game. I was proud of that. Vance gave us a chance, Oliver pitched well and Donnie came in and did a good job again. We had a good shot there in the fifth and a couple other leadoff hitters on, but we couldn’t mount much.”

On Wieters’ knee: “He took a pretty good one right on the knee cap. That will be sore tomorrow. We’ll have to wait and see. That was right on the button. It’s one of those things, you keep moving around, it’s not near as sore as it’s going to be tomorrow. That’s easy for me to say. That was a pretty good one.”

On what they need to do on the road: “Win games. It’s real simple. We have to win games regardless of how we get there. I don’t care how it looks or how it happens, we need to have more runs than them after nine innings or 10 or 11 or 12 and so on. It’s a pretty simple equation right now.

“Whether we’re playing here or in Tampa or in Detroit or in Boston, we’re always playing people ... There’s never a time they’re not engaged. Tampa is in a spot, you can see how they’re playing right now. Detroit’s right there and of course Boston’s there. That’s why you do all the things that we do to be a part of this. Enjoy the competition and enjoy the fruits of the players’ labor to get this chance.”

On whether there was letdown after winning first two games of series: “I understand how that may play during the season because you’re just trying to win series. We’re trying to win games. You beat them twice and you’re trying to beat them a third time. We just didn’t have much offensively. It didn’t have anything to do with, ‘That’s good enough.’ No. Our guys don’t come at it from that angle.”

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