Baltimore Orioles stage late comeback but fall short

The Baltimore Orioles got a rare “clunker” of a start this evening out of a starting pitcher. That being Kyle Bradish. Poor outings are going to happen here and there, especially in division games. The American League East is the best division in baseball (possibly in sports). Bradish’s line: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 1 K.

Boston took a 1-0 lead on an RBI-single by Arroyo in the top of the second. By the time the inning ended, they led 3-0. Duran would later smack a grand slam in the third. And the Birds had spotted Boston a 7-0 lead.

The Orioles also lost Austin Hays in this game. He left the game with a bruised right hand. X-Rays were negative for a fracture. He’s listed as day-to-day – for now.

The O’s would get on the board in the last of the fifth on Jorge Mateo’s solo homer. Boston would tack on an additional run in the eighth, but the O’s would get it back in the ninth. Gunnar Henderson smacked a solo homer, to bring the Birds to within 8-2.

The Orioles ended up loading the bases after that home run, due in part to a Boston error. Cedric Mullins strode to the plate with the bags juiced, and snuck one over the scoreboard in right field, cutting the Boston lead to 8-6.

But the O’s couldn’t quite make it all the way back, and they fell by that 8-6 score. Even in snapping a seven-game losing streak, the O’s fought until the end. And that’s a great quality in a team.

Mike Bauman played a huge role in this game for the Orioles, keeping the game at 7-0 after coming in during the third inning. Bauman pitched 2.2 innings, giving up one hit. And again, that was key in saving more bullpen relievers.

The series concludes tomorrow at Camden Yards. Tyler Wells gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Tanner Houck, game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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