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Orioles hit 4 HRs off Wheeler, beat the Phillies 8-3 to take 2 of 3 in the series
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Orioles hit 4 HRs off Wheeler, beat the Phillies 8-3 to take 2 of 3 in the series

2024-06-17 10:39 Last Updated At:10:40

BALTIMORE (AP) — Gunnar Henderson hit his eighth leadoff homer of the season, and three more Orioles also went deep off Zack Wheeler to help Baltimore beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Sunday.

The pitching matchup between Wheeler (8-4) and Corbin Burnes (8-2) didn't live up to expectations, but it was still an eventful series finale before a third straight sellout crowd at Camden Yards. Phillies manager Rob Thomson was ejected in the top of the sixth, and soon after that, play paused for a few seconds on multiple occasions because of loud plane flyovers related to Baltimore's Fleet Week celebration.

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A fighter jet, as part of Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover festivities, flies by Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Gunnar Henderson hit his eighth leadoff homer of the season, and three more Orioles also went deep off Zack Wheeler to help Baltimore beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Sunday.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser, left, drinks from the "homer hydration station" as he celebrates his two-run home run with Jordan Westburg, right, during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser, left, drinks from the "homer hydration station" as he celebrates his two-run home run with Jordan Westburg, right, during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser celebrates his two-run home run as he rounds the bases during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser celebrates his two-run home run as he rounds the bases during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson, back, argues with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, front, after he was ejected from the baseball game in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Third base umpire Laz Diaz watches at right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson, back, argues with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, front, after he was ejected from the baseball game in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Third base umpire Laz Diaz watches at right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Jordan Westburg, second from left, celebrates his three-run home run with Anthony Santander (25) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Jordan Westburg, second from left, celebrates his three-run home run with Anthony Santander (25) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson (2) celebrates his home run in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook looks on at left. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson (2) celebrates his home run in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook looks on at left. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Orioles took two of three against Philadelphia and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the AL East-leading New York Yankees. The Yankees host a three-game series with Baltimore starting Tuesday night.

Wheeler had never allowed more than three homers in a game, but the Orioles hit one in four of his five innings on the mound. In the bottom of the first, Henderson broke a tie with Philadelphia's Kyle Schwarber — who went deep to start Friday night's game — for the major league lead in leadoff homers. Then Colton Cowser hit a 443-foot shot with a man on in the second to make it 3-0.

“I think that Gunnar's (nine-pitch) leadoff AB honestly kind of gave everyone else the blueprint,” Cowser said. “He was in zone. Gunnar was fouling off pitches and then got one in the heart and hit it out."

Adley Rutschman added a solo homer in the third, and after the Phillies scored twice in the fifth to make it 4-2, Jordan Westburg's three-run shot capped a four-run rally for Baltimore in the bottom of the inning.

Two errors by Baltimore's infield allowed the Phillies to load the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Yennier Cano came on and struck out Edmundo Sosa for his third save.

Wheeler lasted just 4 1/3 innings and matched a career high with eight earned runs allowed. He hadn't permitted that many since 2018.

“Just command really. All four of those (home run) pitches were right down the middle of the plate,” Thomson said. “And up a little bit. It's just one of those days.”

Burnes, who edged Wheeler in a tight race for the 2021 National League Cy Young Award, faced plenty of traffic but made it through six innings for his 10th consecutive quality start. That's the longest active streak in the majors. Burnes wasn't available to talk to reporters after the game because of a personal matter.

Philadelphia’s Garrett Stubbs squared to bunt in the sixth, and when Burnes’ pitch bounced near the batter’s foot, Stubbs went to first. Umpires conferred and had Stubbs come back to continue his plate appearance. Thomson was then ejected during an animated argument with plate umpire Mike Estabrook.

The ballpark had a good view of Fleet Week air shows all weekend, but there was a brief period when the planes were particularly loud and players on the field stopped for a few seconds at a time.

Phillies: Thomson said before the game Philadelphia expects to have star SS Trea Turner back Monday from a hamstring injury.

Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (triceps) pitched 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk.

Phillies: Philadelphia's Christopher Sánchez (3-3) starts at home Monday night against San Diego's Randy Vásquez (1-3).

Orioles: Burnes' start Sunday means the Yankees don't have to face him in this next series. Albert Suárez (3-0) takes the mound for Baltimore against Nestor Cortes (3-5) on Tuesday night.

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A fighter jet, as part of Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover festivities, flies by Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

A fighter jet, as part of Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover festivities, flies by Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser, left, drinks from the "homer hydration station" as he celebrates his two-run home run with Jordan Westburg, right, during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser, left, drinks from the "homer hydration station" as he celebrates his two-run home run with Jordan Westburg, right, during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser celebrates his two-run home run as he rounds the bases during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Colton Cowser celebrates his two-run home run as he rounds the bases during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson, back, argues with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, front, after he was ejected from the baseball game in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Third base umpire Laz Diaz watches at right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson, back, argues with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, front, after he was ejected from the baseball game in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Third base umpire Laz Diaz watches at right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Jordan Westburg, second from left, celebrates his three-run home run with Anthony Santander (25) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Jordan Westburg, second from left, celebrates his three-run home run with Anthony Santander (25) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson (2) celebrates his home run in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook looks on at left. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baltimore Orioles' Gunnar Henderson (2) celebrates his home run in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Baltimore. Home plate umpire Mike Estabrook looks on at left. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign chiefs designed the Republican convention opening this week to feature a softer and more optimistic message, focusing on themes that would help a divisive leader expand his appeal among moderate voters and people of color.

Then came the shooting that rattled the foundation of American politics.

Suddenly, the Democrats’ turmoil after the debate, the GOP’s potential governing agenda and even Trump’s criminal convictions became secondary to concerns about political violence and the country's stability. The presumptive Republican nominee and his allies will face the nation during their four-day convention in Milwaukee unquestionably united and ready to “fight,” as the bloodied Trump cried out Saturday while Secret Service agents at his Pennsylvania rally rushed him to safety.

Anger and anxiety are coursing through the party, even as many top Republicans call for calm and a lowering of tensions.

Vivek Ramaswamy, who ran in the GOP presidential primary, has distinguished himself as one of the more aggressive voices on the right, saying often that the country is already at war with itself. So it was notable that in remarks at an event run by the conservative Heritage Institute at the RNC on Monday he was toning down his rhetoric and urging the country to come together.

“The enemy is not the Democrats, it is an ideology,” Ramaswamy told the crowd at Heritage’s “Policy Fest” event.

GOP Sen. Steve Daines, the chair of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, said at a Politico event at the RNC on Monday that the party needs to focus on policy and not divisive politics in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting.

“This is a moment, as we say, that the temperature needs to be brought down,” the Montana lawmaker said. “What needs to be litigated for the American people in the next three and a half months should be more policy and not personalities.”

On Monday, hours before the first convention session, some well-timed good news for Trump got the day off to a positive start for him and his party. The federal judge presiding over Trump's classified documents case dismissed the prosecution because of concerns over the appointment of the prosecutor who brought the case, handing the former president a major court victory.

Trump posted on his Truth Social platform to call for the dismissal of his other legal cases.

“As we move forward in Uniting our Nation after the horrific events on Saturday, this dismissal of the Lawless Indictment in Florida should be just the first step, followed quickly by the dismissal of ALL the Witch Hunts,” he wrote, listing several cases.

Meanwhile, Trump is expected to announce his vice presidential pick on the first day of the Republican National Convention, he said in an interview.

It remains unclear whether the shooting Saturday at his Pennsylvania rally has changed the former president’s thinking about his potential second-in-command. But he told Fox News Channel host Bret Baier in a call that he planned to make his pick Monday.

In an interview Sunday, Republican Party chairman Michael Whatley said the convention’s programming wouldn't be changed after the shooting. The agenda, he said, will feature more than 100 speakers overwhelmingly focused on kitchen table issues and Trump’s plans to lift everyday working Americans.

“We have to be able to lay out a vision for where we want to take this country," he said.

Whatley said the central message would have little to do with President Joe Biden’s political struggles, Trump’s grievances about the 2020 election or the ex-president’s promises to exact retribution against political enemies.

“We are going to have the convention that we have been planning for the last 18 months," he said. "We are a combination of relieved and grateful that the president is going to be here and is going to accept the nomination.”

Beyond voting to formally give Trump the nomination, elected delegates from across the nation will update the GOP’s policy platform for the first time since 2016. The scaled-down platform proposal — just 16 pages with limited specifics on key issues, including abortion — reflects a desire by the Trump campaign to avoid giving Democrats more material on a key campaign issue.

The platform approved by a committee last week doesn't include an explicit call for a national abortion ban, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended a federally guaranteed right to abortion.

“More divisiveness would not be healthy,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

As Trump prepares to announce his choice for vice president, his top three contenders are North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Ohio Sen. JD Vance and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, all expected to speak this week.

Despite a contentious primary season, any lingering tensions appear to have been set aside.

Former rivals Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador, are expected to speak at the convention on Trump’s behalf.

There will be reminders of Trump’s record in a speaking program that includes a handful of Republicans charged with crimes related to other political violence — the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who's in jail on contempt of Congress charges, is expected to speak at the convention just hours after his release. He was found guilty in September after refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Capitol attack.

Nevada GOP Chair Michael McDonald, who was indicted of criminal charges related to his involvement in a scheme to present fake electors who would overturn Biden's victory over Trump, plans to present the former president with the party nomination at the convention. A judge dismissed the case against McDonald last month over a venue dispute.

Trump has repeatedly cast the people involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election, including his many supporters who stormed the Capitol, as political prisoners.

For now, Democrats have scaled back their plans to offer a competing message during the Republican convention.

The Biden campaign over the weekend pulled down its campaign ads. Vice President Kamala Harris postponed a Tuesday appearance in Florida set to focus on Trump’s opposition to abortion rights. And the pro-Democratic group American Bridge is delaying the scheduled Monday release of faux trading cards designed to highlight controversial policy positions of Trump and other leading Republicans.

The convention, coming less than four months before Election Day, is taking place in heavily Democratic Milwaukee, the largest city in a pivotal swing state Trump lost by less than 1 percentage point four years ago.

Even before the assassination attempt, major protests were expected, although movement will be severely restricted as part of enhanced security precautions established by the Secret Service.

Still, the risk of violent confrontation exists.

Security officials previously announced that people just outside the Secret Service perimeter would be allowed to carry guns openly or concealed as permitted by state law. Wisconsin statutes outlaw only machine guns, short-barreled shotguns and silencers.

Associated Press writer Christine Fernando reported from Chicago. AP writers Thomas Beaumont in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and Ali Swenson in Minneapolis contributed.

A worker carries a chair during perperations for the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

A worker carries a chair during perperations for the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Law enforcement officers stand in an aisle at the 2024 Republican National Convention inside the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Law enforcement officers stand in an aisle at the 2024 Republican National Convention inside the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

An exterior general view at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

An exterior general view at the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala. is seen during the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala. is seen during the Republican National Convention Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A color guard comprised of veterans rehearses ahead of the 2024 Republican National Convention, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A color guard comprised of veterans rehearses ahead of the 2024 Republican National Convention, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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