Machado's 3-run homer lifts Orioles over Dodgers 4-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have five All-Stars and each of them contributed against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Manny Machado struck the biggest blow, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning to propel the Orioles to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night that ended their five-game skid while stopping the Dodgers' five-game winning streak.
''We needed that,'' he said. ''We've been scuffling a bit and we've been putting ourselves in bad situations.''
Machado, named an All-Star starter the day before he turns 24, sent a 2-2 pitch from Kenta Maeda (7-6) into the upper corner of the left field pavilion, putting the AL East-leading Orioles ahead 4-1. Machado's 19th homer would have registered 453 feet - his longest shot of the season - had it landed unimpeded, according to Statcast.
''Yeah, I got it good,'' Machado said. ''Good hitters will hit it hard over the stadium, but I guess I don't have that pop.''
The Orioles lead the majors with 129 home runs; they had 56 in June.
Chris Tillman (11-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, struck out two and walked two while facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career.
''It's what we needed,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Chris was the difference. He's been good all year. He's been pretty consistent.''
Tillman, a right-hander from Anaheim, California, had his career-high nine-game winning streak snapped last week, and wasn't selected for next week's All-Star Game in San Diego.
''He was pretty bummed out about his last two starts,'' Machado said. ''I know he puts a lot of emphasis and a lot of pride into it. Knowing him, he wanted to come and prove a point today. He did that and more.''
Zach Britton pitched the ninth to earn his AL-leading 24th save in as many chances. The Dodgers briefly threatened, with Adrian Gonzalez's leadoff single before Yasiel Puig struck out and pinch-hitter Justin Turner's long fly was caught at the wall by right fielder Joey Rickard. Howie Kendrick struck out swinging to end the game.
Brach struck out the side swinging in the eighth before turning it over to Britton, who hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 24 games since May 5.
Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, another All-Star, went 2 for 4 with one strikeout.
Maeda tied season highs in runs allowed (4) and hits (7) in four-plus innings, which equaled the shortest outing of his career. The right-hander struck out five and walked three while dropping to 3-6 in nine home starts this season.
''From the first inning on, it seemed like Kenta was laboring,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''He couldn't command the fastball. You've got to make major league hitters respect your fastball. When they can lock in on a certain pitch it makes it that much tougher.''
The Orioles tied the game 1-all in the second when Jonathan Schoop flied into a forceout from right fielder to shortstop, scoring All-Star Mark Trumbo, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager doubled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 18 games, the NL's longest this season. He scored on Gonzalez's single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The loss ended the Dodgers' 10-game home winning streak. They didn't muster a hit past the fifth inning.
At 22 years, 69 days, Seager is the youngest position player to be named an All-Star in Dodgers history. He's the club's second rookie shortstop to be selected, joining Bill Grabarkewitz in 1970.
Closer Kenley Jansen joined Seager as a first-time All-Star in his seventh season and is the team's first reliever to be named since 2010. Jansen ranks second among NL relievers with 25 saves.
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw became the first Dodger to make six straight All-Star games since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981-86, but he'll miss the game with a herniated disc. He leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA.
Showalter told Brach's wife, singer-songwriter Jenae Cherry, to pass along the news to her husband.
''I told her - she's an up-and-coming country music singer - she should write a song about it,'' Showalter said. ''I'd buy it.''
URIAS TO MINORS
The Dodgers sent 19-year-old pitcher Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City after eight starts in an effort to control his innings. The left-hander was 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA after making his big league debut on May 27 at the New York Mets. The team has Urias on an unspecified innings limit this season. He was scheduled to be sent down earlier, but several injuries to the rotation forced an extended stay.
Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day, on the DL with a right hamstring strain, could pitch a rehab game over next week's All-Star break. ''It's not a good injury,'' Showalter said. ''If he pushes it, he's going to miss the whole year.''
Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-6, 3.97 ERA) has received 3.20 runs of support and the team is 5-9 in his 14 starts.
Dodgers: RHP Bud Norris (4-7, 3.89) makes his second start since being acquired from Atlanta last week. He pitched for the Orioles from 2013-15, with a 21-20 record and a 4.65 ERA. His best year for the O's was in 2014, when he posted career highs in wins (15) and ERA (3.65).