BALTIMORE — The ending of the Baltimore Orioles’ latest victory saw similarities to many of the other victories that have come immediately before it, as well as one big difference that, eventually, could lead to more promising results at the ends of Orioles victories going forward.
Ramón Urías hit a two-run single in the fourth inning as part of a three-run rally to tie the game, and Austin Hays’ go-ahead RBI single one inning later was the game-winning hit in the Orioles’ 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore’s seventh consecutive victory. Dean Kremer pitched into the sixth inning to earn his second consecutive victory, and Yenniel Cano closed out the ninth by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.
The Orioles, a season best eight games over .500 at 15-7, have won nine of their last 11 games. Four of the Orioles’ seven victories during this winning streak have come by one run.
Baltimore’s bullpen pitched 3 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings after Kremer left with two outs in the sixth, with Keegan Akin coming in to retire Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas, who had homered off of Kramer in the second inning for the first run of the game, on a ground out to second to end the threat and strand a runner at second base.
Brian Baker and Danny Coulombe pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth respectively, before Coulombe started the ninth by walking Masataka Yoshida. Cano was summoned from the bullpen, and after balking Yoshida to second, struck out both Enrique Hernández and Casas to bring the Orioles to within an out from victory. After a short delay that saw Boston manager Alex Cora get thrown out of the game, Cano got Jarren Duran to line out to third to end the game.
Cano, who gave regular closer Félix Bautista a rest tonight, has now retired each of the first 20 batters he has faced this season., four shy of the club record for most consecutive batters retired to start a season.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Monday evening’s contest, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Elliott Brown. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 32 pictures in total.