For the second time in three games, the Baltimore Orioles had an uplifting victory marred by an injury to a key player.
J.J. Hardy homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, and the host Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 Tuesday night to move into a tie with the New York Yankees for the A.L. East lead.
But starting pitcher Jason Hammel left in the fourth inning because of an injured right knee. The right-hander underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same knee in mid-July and was making his second start since returning from the disabled list.
Hammel will be examined Wednesday by the team surgeon. He said he felt the same sharp pain in the knee that he experienced in a July 13 game against Detroit, his last start before going on the D.L.
"I'm hoping it is just scar tissue," Hammel said. "I've been told scar tissue can react like that."
On Saturday, Baltimore lost right fielder Nick Markakis with a broken left thumb while defeating the Yankees. Markakis also was on the D.L. earlier this year.
"We've been down this road many times this year with a lot of different challenges," manager Buck Showalter said. "It's not the kind of experience you want to have."
Hammel had no problem with the knee Thursday night against the Yankees, and retired 11 of 13 Tampa Bay batters before exiting.
"Against the Yankees, I felt great," Hammel said. "I felt like I was back on track, and I know I can help this team
Reds: Closer Aroldis Chapman will be given a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder.
The left-hander struggled with his control and hit only 96 mph on the radar gun Monday against Pittsburgh. Normally, his fastball is in the range of 98 mph to 101 mph.
Chapman walked three of the five batters he faced and had to be taken out during an inning for the first time this season. He was diagnosed with a tired shoulder.
Chapman has made a career-high 64 appearances, converting 35 of 40 saves with a 1.60 ERA. His club-record streak of 27 consecutive saves ended Friday when he gave up three runs in a 5-3 loss to Houston.
White Sox: Adam Dunn was out of the lineup a fifth straight game because of a strained right oblique. Dunn, who has 38 homers, was hoping to do some light swinging with a bat this week as he continues treatment. He missed two games earlier with the injury and then tried to hurry his return, playing in three games. He told reporters Tuesday that he came back too soon and that was a mistake.
Rangers: Right-hander Roy Oswalt has been diagnosed with a right forearm strain and won't throw for several days.