- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore’s Manny Machado claimed there was no ill-intent after being at the center of another heated confrontation with the Oakland Athletics.

Still, the frustration of the entire Orioles team was evident for much of Sunday afternoon at a sun-splashed Camden Yards.

Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and Scott Kazmir threw seven scoreless innings as the A’s beat Baltimore 11-1 in a game that featured another benches-clearing confrontation between the teams.

Baltimore allowed a season-high 11 walks in its most lopsided loss of the year.


For the second time in three games, Machado was in the middle of a dugout-clearing scrum.

This time, Oakland left-hander Fernando Abad threw inside to Machado in the eighth. The bat flew out of Machado’s hands and went down the third base line. Both players exchanged words before the benches and bullpens emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected. Crew Chief Larry Vanover said Machado was ejected for throwing the bat and Abad was tossed for throwing at him a second time.

“The bat slipped out of my hands,” Machado said. “Trying to make contact and the umpire thought it was intentional and he tossed me at that point. The umpire thought it was intentional, so I guess at that point you’ve got to toss the pitcher and the hitter at the same time.”

On Friday, Machado didn’t like the force of the tag by Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson

and the two had to be separated.

John Jaso also had four RBIs for the A’s, who took two out of three in the series and improved to a major league-best 22-12 on the road. Jaso though Machado was out of line with his reaction.

“It got pretty intense there for a while,” Jaso said. “There is a certain respect you have to have for this game.

“When I feel somebody doesn’t see that and doesn’t respect the game as such, it doesn’t sit well with me,” he added. “I think guys like that need to be taught a lesson because there’s millions of other people that would love to have the spot that he has.”

Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7), who signed a four-year, $50 million deal in the offseason, continued to struggle with his command. He allowed a season-high six runs on two hits with two strikeouts and five walks over just 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing since April 16, 2013, against Cleveland.

He has not earned a victory since May 8 and has an ERA of 5.01 ERA over 70 innings with Baltimore.

“Mentally and physically, I’m good,” Jimenez said. “I’m never going to give up. I know I disappointed the team today and the bullpen had to come into the game early throwing so many innings, but I never give up. I’m going to forgot about a tough game like this one and try to get better for the team.”

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