Run production a concern for Orioles

Run production a concern for Orioles

ARLINGTON -- Three has been a troublesome number for the Orioles, with all nine of their losses in the past 10 games coming when the offense has scored three runs or fewer.

That offensive frustration was on full display in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Texas, in which Baltimore went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, dropping to 9-50 when they score three runs or fewer.

"Most teams will [have trouble in those situations]," manager Buck Showalter said. "We've got through periods where we've beat [guys like this]. [Texas starter Martin] Perez is a good pitcher. He's coming back from some health issues, but ... The changeup, any time you got command of that, you got a chance. Made everybody honest enough on the inner half."

The O's, three games under .500 for the first time since July 24, are 17-24 in one-run games. They also have to figure out a way to play better away from home, having gone 26-41 on the road, including losses in nine of their last 10.

"We have pretty much the same team, everybody's back. We just haven't caught fire," said outfielder Steve Pearce, who homered in Saturday's loss. "We had a good run earlier this year, and then we followed it right with a bad run. We still have one more month of baseball. And it's got to start tomorrow. We've got to turn this thing around. And we know we are capable of doing it."

Pearce's solo homer

All three of the Orioles' runs on Saturday came in the fifth inning; the bats went cold beyond that. Similarly, they only scored in the third inning of Friday night's game.

"We've lost one-run games. Don't get me wrong. We're playing against teams that are great, teams that are battling, teams that hopefully are going to be in the playoffs. I mean, it's not easy. We're just one hit away, one out away. It's part of baseball," said third baseman Manny Machado. "We've still got 30, 30-something games to get back in this. I mean, I got faith in this team, and we all trust each other that we're going to get where we need to get to. We're not worried about this. Nobody wants to lose. I think we're just one good game away from starting a nice streak and going where we need to go."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.