The Orioles kick August off with game one of the three-game series against the Texas Rangers.
The Orioles starting lineup:
C. Mullins CF, 2. A. Rutschman C, 3. A. Santander DH, 4. R. Mountcastle 1B, 5. R. Odor 2B, 6. R. Urias 3B, 7. T. Vavra LF, 8. R. McKenna RF, 9. J. Mateo SS
The starting pitcher was Spenser Watkins (3-1, 4.03 ERA, 35K)
The Reds starting lineup:
M. Semien SS, 2. C. Seager DH, 3 J. Heim C, 4. N. Lowe 1B, 5. A. Garcia RF, 6. L. Taveras CF, 7. K. Calhoun LF, 8. E. Duran 2B, 9. J. Smith 3B
The starting pitcher was Jon Gray (7-5, 3.62 ERA, 113K)
On the 3rd pitch of the game, Cedric Mullins hit a 336-foot opposite-field home run (9) to give the O’s a 1-0 lead.
In the 2nd inning, Terrin Vavra got his first big league hit on a single. Mullins didn’t stay quiet as he hit an RBI single to extend the lead 2-0.
Jon Gray suffered an injury and was replaced by Jose Leclerc (4.42 ERA).
Anthony Santander was able to bring Jorge Mateo in for a run as the Ranger’s defense dropped a fly ball to extend the lead to 3-0. Ryan Mountcastle, the next batter, hit an RBI single into left field to pad the O’s lead again.
Garrett Richards (5.35 ERA) relieved Leclerc in the 4th inning.
Adley Rutschman hit an RBI double to bring the lead to 5-0. Ryan Mountcastle hit Rutschman home in his first extra-base hit in 12 games. 6-0 O’s.
In the bottom of the 6th, Corey Seager hit a 402-foot home run (24) to shorten the O’s lead to 6-1.
Jorge Mateo hit an RBI double to score Ryan McKenna, 7-1.
After 88 pitches, and 5 strikeouts over 6 innings, Watkins was replaced by Keegan Akin (2.40 ERA).
Brett Martin (4.24 ERA) came in for the Rangers in the 7th.
Pinch hitter Nick Solak changed the score to 7-2 as he hit a 395-foot home run (3) in the 8th.
Dennis Santana (4.89 ERA) came in for the Rangers in the 9th.
The Orioles were able to close out the Rangers, with Akin going three innings in relief. Adley Rustchman hit two doubles in the game and went 3-4.