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Orioles beat Dodgers 6-1 for doubleheader sweep

  • Article by: DAVID GINSBURG
  • Associated Press
  • April 20, 2013 - 9:21 PM

BALTIMORE - Wei-Yin Chen pitched six innings of three-hit ball, Chris Davis and Manny Machado homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 Saturday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

The Orioles won the opener 7-5, rallying from a four-run deficit behind Nolan Reimold, who homered and hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning.

Los Angeles has lost six straight, its longest skid since a seven-game slide last June. The Dodgers will complete their first series in Baltimore since 2002 on Sunday, looking to avert a sweep.

Chen (1-2) allowed one run, walked four and struck out two to end a six-game losing streak dating back to Aug. 19, 2012. The Taiwanese left-hander didn't let a runner get past first base after the first inning and was aided by two double plays.

Tommy Hunter pitched the final three innings for his first career save.

Davis hit a solo homer in the second inning and the 20-year-old Machado made it 6-1 with a three-run drive off Josh Beckett in the sixth. Beckett (0-3) has lost five consecutive starts to Baltimore, beginning in 2011 when he was with Boston.

Los Angeles got a first-inning run when Chen hit Carl Crawford with a pitch, Nick Punto singled and Adrian Gonzalez delivered a sacrifice fly.

Davis tied it with his seventh home run, a drive that traveled an estimated 448 feet over the center-field wall — third-longest by an Oriole at Camden Yards behind Jeffrey Hammonds (460) and Mark Reynolds (450).

After wasting a bases-loaded threat in the third, the Orioles went up 3-1 in the fifth. Nate McLouth walked and scored on a double by Machado, who came home on a double by Adam Jones.

In the sixth, Ryan Flaherty and McLouth singled before Machado chased Beckett with a liner into the left field seats. Machado's four RBIs tied a career high, set against Kansas City last August.

In the opener — a makeup of Friday's rainout — Los Angeles took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. But South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn't hold the advantage.

With the score tied at 5 in the eighth, Davis hit a one-out double off Paco Rodriguez (0-1) and Ronald Belisario walked J.J. Hardy on four pitches. After a passed ball and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Reimold sliced an opposite-field liner down the right field line.

Darren O'Day (2-0) got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Hardy homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles, and Davis had three hits and scored three runs.

Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, Matt Kemp had three hits and Mark Ellis went 2 for 3 with an RBI for Los Angeles.

Ryu gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.

"I can't really make any excuses. I wish the outcome was better," the rookie said through a translator. "But I'll come back and do better next time. I'll just consider it a big learning experience."

Orioles starter Jason Hammel also went six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.

NOTES: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly turned 52 on Saturday. ... Before the game, former Orioles Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. participated in an on-field remembrance of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who died in January. ... Los Angeles fell to 5-3 against Baltimore in interleague play and 17-51 in AL ballparks since 2005. ... The Orioles last swept a doubleheader on Oct. 1, 2010, against Detroit. ... With a 7-10 record, LA is three games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 15, 2011 (73-76).

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