The Orioles won a crucial road series to gain ground in the wild card race.
After a good win on Wednesday, the Orioles rode that momentum with a shutout win against the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday. They win the series and finish with a winning road trip against two potential playoff teams.
Orioles starting lineup:
- C. Mullins CF, 2. A. Rutschman C, 3. A. Santander RF, 4. R. Urias 3B, 5. G. Henderson SS, 6. J. Aguilar DH, 7. R. Mountcastle 1B, 8. R. Odor 2B, 9. T. Vavra LF
The O’s starting pitcher was Kyle Bradish (2-5, 5.63 ERA, 79 K).
The Guardians starting lineup:
- S. Kwan LF, 2. A. Rosario SS, 3. J. Ramirez 3B, 4. J. Naylor 1B, 5. O. Gonzalez RF, 6. A. Gimenez 2B, 7. O. Miller DH, 8. A. Hedges C, 9. M. Straw CF
The starter for The Land was Shane Bieber (8-7, 3.02 ERA, 153 K).
Cedric Mullins led the game off with a 377-foot solo home run (12) to give the O’s an early lead. Anthony Santander would extend that lead a few pitches later with a 398-foot home run (24) to bring the Birds to a 2-0 lead.
A couple of quiet frames happened until the 4th when Ryan Mountcastle smacked a 379-foot home run (19) to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.
Enyel De Los Santos (2.79 ERA) came in for Shane Bieber who threw 104 pitches in 7 innings and had 11 strikeouts. The three home runs masked what was an otherwise fantastic start.
Cionel Perez (1.59 ERA) relieved Kyle Bradish who pitched 7 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. He only allowed two hits.
Bryan Shaw (5.01 ERA) came in to pitch the 9th for Cleveland.
Gunnar Henderson got his first Major League stolen base in the 9th inning following a single
Felix Bautista (1.55 ERA) came in for Baltimore in the 9th inning to finish out the game. He walked the leadoff hitter but allowed nothing else.
After winning the 3-game series against Cleveland, the O’s go back home to have 3-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards starting on Friday, September 2nd at 7:05 PM EST.