Baltimore Orioles defeat New York on heels of Jorge Mateo’s speed

Jordan Lyles struggled this evening for the Baltimore Orioles against New York. But as I said after last night’s game, their lineup has humbled many a pitching staff. But needless to say, Lyles did keep the O’s in the game, despite giving up three runs. Lyles’ line: 5.0 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K.

Lopez allowed New York onto the board early by surrendering an RBI-double in the first to Judge. Carpenter smacked a two-run homer in the second, and Judge an RBI-single in the fourth. And the Birds fell behind by three runs.

Three runs is far from an insurmountable lead. But against New York it’s a bit harder. So the Birds chipped away. Jorge Mateo for on in the fifth, and promptly stole second base. Cedric Mullins’ subsequent sac fly-RBI got the O’s on the board.

Mullins would later score on a run-scoring double by Adley Rutschman. Two innings later Mateo’s RBI-single scored Urias and tied the ballgame. Later in that seventh inning Mateo would reach third base on a throwing error and a steal, and he would score on an RBI-single by Mullins.

For good measure, Ramon Urias would give the Orioles two insurance runs with a two-run homer in the eighth. And the O’s went into win, 6-3. The O’s won it with six unanswered runs in the later innings.

Make no mistake that Jorge Mateo’s speed got the O’s the win this evening. His stolen base helped attest for the first run, and his base running caused ab errrant throw, and he ended up getting him to third base in the eighth. Speed can make a huge difference – in any sport. And we saw it with the O’s tonight.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at Camden Yards. Dean Kremer gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Nestor Cortes. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.

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