BALTIMORE (AP) — Cedric Mullins raced across the bases for a weird bloop triple, Trey Mancini hit a go-ahead solo homer and the Baltimore Orioles four-hit the Boston Crimson Sox for a 4-1 victory Monday evening.
The Orioles had dropped their first six video games at Camden Yards this season in opposition to the Crimson Sox and prevented a four-game sweep. It was the primary time the house staff gained in 10 video games between the groups this season.
“To salvage a sequence like this, it’s not precisely simple to do whenever you’re down 3-0 in a sequence,” Mancini mentioned. “They’ve been taking part in nice baseball over there. That’s a unbelievable staff they’ve. To win the fourth one and go right into a two-game sequence tomorrow feels good and exhibits the resolve this staff has.”
Boston nonetheless has the most effective file (22-14) and the most effective street file (12-5) in baseball.
Mullins’ heads-up baserunning helped the O’s add an insurance coverage run within the eighth. He hit a excessive popup into shallow left area main off, discovering an open spot in opposition to Boston’s shifted infield protection. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts raced over from close to second base and deflected the ball twice earlier than it fell.
Mullins alertly sprinted all the way in which to 3rd, diving underneath catcher Christian Vázquez’s tag.
“It was a fluke play,” Boston supervisor Alex Cora mentioned. “All people reacted the proper manner. … A very good heads-up play by their man.”
Two batters later, Mancini’s sharp single in opposition to Boston’s drawn-in infield made it 3-1, and Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice fly later within the inning equipped the Orioles’ last run.
Baltimore’s bullpen mixed for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring all 10 batters it confronted. Tanner Scott (2-2) struck out his solely hitter to finish the sixth, Travis Lakins Sr. and Paul Fry each accomplished excellent innings, and César Valdez labored the ninth for his eighth save.
“We pitched so properly tonight,” supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned.
Mancini put the Orioles forward 2-1 with a blast to middle off reliever Matt Andriese (1-2) to steer off the sixth.
Orioles starter Jorge López went a season-high 5 2/3 innings, scattering 4 hits whereas putting out 5 and sustaining management aside from a quick sequence within the fourth after yielding J.D. Martinez’s one-out single. Over the course of three pitches, Martinez moved up a base on successful batsman, a wild pitch and Rafael Devers’ sacrifice fly to tie it at 1.
López gave up a leadoff double within the fifth, however with Scott warming, he retired the following three batters after which pitched into the sixth for the primary time this season.
“I’ve been battling the final couple video games,” López mentioned. “Getting out of that inning offers me a bit of extra confidence to maintain pushing.”
Ryan Mountcastle lined his third homer down the left-field line off Boston’s Martin Pérez, who in any other case navigated 5 innings with little issue. He allowed 4 hits and one run and struck out 4.
Mountcastle added a single, giving him consecutive multi-hit video games for the primary time this season. He has 5 multi-hit video games in his final 10 outings after recording two in his first 25 video games in 2021.
Crimson Sox: RHP Ryan Brasier (left calf pressure) threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen Saturday, however Cora mentioned he’s not near becoming a member of a minor league staff for a rehabilitation project.
Orioles: Hyde mentioned OF DJ Stewart (left hamstring pressure) reported decreased soreness Monday. Stewart left within the sixth inning Sunday. … Baltimore recalled LHP Keegan Akin from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned LHP Zac Lowther to Norfolk. Lowther is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA in two video games with the Orioles.
SEE YOU (MUCH) LATER
After taking part in one another 10 instances in lower than six weeks, the AL East rivals gained’t meet once more till Aug. 13-15 in Boston. The Crimson Sox’s final journey to Camden Yards isn’t till Sept. 28-30, the ultimate week of the season.
Baltimore LHP John Means was named the American League’s participant of the week after no-hitting Seattle on Wednesday. Means is the primary Orioles pitcher to earn the dignity since Arthur Rhodes in August 1994.
Crimson Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.62 ERA), whose 52 consecutive homerless innings is the longest energetic streak within the majors, attracts the beginning as Boston begins a three-game sequence at Fenway Park in opposition to Oakland.
Orioles: Means (4-0, 1.37) makes his first since his no-hitter as Baltimore begins a two-game set in opposition to the New York Mets at Citi Area.
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