Baltimore Orioles snap a two-game losing streak.
The Baltimore Orioles took the first game of their two-game series against the Washington Nationals Tuesday night. Dean Kremer got the win after pitching five innings. Felix Bautista picked up the save as the Orioles won 4-3.
The scoring pace started out high with all the runs coming in the first five innings. The Baltimore Orioles entered the top of the fifth down 3-2 when Ryan Mountcastle hit a solo home run off his former teammate (and roommate) Hunter Harvey. After Mountcastle tied the game, Gunnar Henderson doubled. Ramon Urias singled in the next at bat which moved Henderson to third. Austin Hays singled and picked up the game winning RBI as Henderson scored.
Kremer’s start was a bit shaky, but the relievers pulled the game out. Strong outings for Dillon Tate and Cionel Perez, who combined for three scoreless innings without allowing a baserunner. Bautista struggled to start the ninth inning after six days of rest, but he quickly gained his composure to get his 13 save of the season.
Ryan Mountcastle takes ex-roommate deep!
Former Oriole Hunter Harvey took the loss in the game. The 2013 first round pick of the Orioles has pitched well for the Nationals this season but struggled against his former team.
“I talk to him about every night,” Harvey said referring to Mountcastle. “So, when he got in the box, I was like, ‘Oh, here we go.’ I just couldn’t calm down.”
The two friends shared a bit of a laugh on the field after the home run. It was one of those great moments in sports shared between a couple of friends competing against each other. Thankfully, this time the Orioles came out on top.
The Orioles finish the series against the Nationals Wednesday night looking to win the season series. Baltimore leads the series 2-1 currently. Tyler Wells take the mound for Baltimore making his second start following his return from injury.