Baltimore Orioles propelled to victory by six-run fifth inning

The Baltimore Orioles ended up having a very successful, albeit disjointed, weekend series with the Kansas City Royals. It culminated this afternoon in a makeup of Saturday’s game that was rained out. Tyler Wells got the start, and became the third Oriole starter to have a successful outing against Kansas City. Wells’ line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

The game started well for Kansas City, with O’Hearn’s RBI-single giving them a 1-0 lead in the first inning. But that moment was the pinnacle of the day for the visiting Kansas City Royals. Wells, the bullpen, and the defense behind them shut down Kansas City bats for the rest of the game. But Oriole bats were quiet as well…

…until the fifth inning, that is. Jorge Mateo tied the game at one with an RBI-single early in the inning. Mateo would later steal second base, causing an errant throw from the Kansas City catcher, Melendez. This allowed Anthony Bemboom to score from third, giving the Orioles the lead at 2-1.

And the inning snowballed from there. Trey Mancini scored on a wild pitch, running it to 3-1. And Ryan Mountcastle’s two-RBI single ran it to 6-1. Which stood up as the final score of the game. For once it was an opposing pitcher who fell apart against the Orioles, prompting a big inning. While you’d prefer to spread out your run output in a game, you take runs however you can take them. Especially in a victory.

The Birds took two-of-three from Kansas City this weekend, which bodes well for them as they hit the road for St. Louis and then Detroit. And if not for a few errors, they were in line to win the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader as well. And the starting pitching was strong all weekend. All of these aspects combined work in the Orioles’ favor moving forward.

The O’s now head to St. Louis for three games, starting tomorrow night. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the Orioles, and St. Louis is yet to name a starter. Game time is set for 7:45 PM tomorrow night.

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