Baltimore Orioles finally able to outlast Houston

Houston’s a team that’s given the Baltimore Orioles fits over several years. Keep in mind that coming into yesterday’s game, the Birds had lost eight straight to Houston, meaning that Zach Britton rarely saw the field when the team would play. They’re a pesky team, and they simply don’t take no for an answer.

Dylan Bundy came within a few pitches of having a good outing yesterday, but he was done in by two three-run homers. Bundy’s line: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Luckily the Orioles gave him a lead yesterday as opposed to the team having to play catch-up. The O’s loaded the bases with nobody out in the second, and Kim was subsequently hit by a pitch. Tejada would later ground into a double-play which scored another run, and the Birds led 2-0. A Jones RBI-single would run it to 3-0.

So you felt that the O’s were looking strong on this Sunday afternoon, and in fact they were. However again, Houston simply doesn’t take no for an answer. They refuse to accept that you scored three runs and that they’re now three down. Altuve smacked a three-run homer in the third which immediately tied the game.

However it wasn’t tied for long. Mancini’s RBI-single in the bottom of that third inning gave the Orioles the lead back at 4-3. One inning later Davis’ sac fly-RBI and an RBI-double again by Mancini gave the O’s their three-run lead back at 6-3. Houston wasn’t capable of coming back again though – were they?

Of course they were. Because they don’t take no for an answer. Aoki smacked a three-run homer in the sixth to tie the game up, eventually helping to chase Bundy – who was two outs from a quality start. Instead he gave up seven runs, the seventh of which crossed after he left the game. That run crossed on Reddick’s sac fly-RBI, as Houston took the lead at 7-6.

The Orioles felt that they had put the death blow on Houston twice over. Yet they came back. However trailing briefly by that one run felt insurmountable. Where as the Orioles were hoping something good was going to happen, Houston somehow was finding a way to go out and make it happen. But for once, that sort of spunk wasn’t going to cut it.

Mark Trumbo sent a ball high and deep to left field in the last of the seventh. It was really a matter of whether or not it would stay fair – and it did! His solo homer tied the game back up at seven, and put the wind back in the Orioles’ sails. One inning later, they had the lead back for good on a Machado sac fly-RBI. Schoop would add an RBI-single, and the O’s ended up with a 9-7 victory.

The Orioles were at their wits end with this team. Luckily Britton shut them down in the ninth, knotching his 55th consecutive save converted. But Houston’s a good team, and from top to bottom there’s very little give in their lineup. The O’s dropped the series, however that was a big team win yesterday and one from which they hope they can bring the momentum forward.

The O’s now hit the road and travel to Tampa for a three-game set. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Blake Snell. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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