Baltimore Orioles: Tyler Wells pitches the Birds to another series win

The Baltimore Orioles got a great outing from starter Tyler Wells this afternoon in the series finale against Boston at Camden Yards. You pitch well and you hit well, and odds are you’re going to win. Or you’ll win more than you lose at least. Wells’ line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

The O’s took the lead early, as Anthony Santander sent a sac fly-RBI to center. However Boston tied the score up shortly thereafter. In the top of the second Yoshida’s solo homer evened things out at 1-1.

Ramon Urias’ RBI-single in the last of the fourth out the Birds back in the lead. And they didn’t look back. In fact, Cedric Mullins drove in a third run as his infield grounder to led off the glove of the Boston second baseman. Luckily for Boston, it went straight into the shortstop’s glove – the shortstop, who was backing up the play. By the time he came set to throw, Mullins was safe at first base. And a third run had crossed the plate, giving the O’s a 3-1 lead.

And that illustrates part of what this Orioles team is about. Mullins is far from the fastest guy on the field. But he’s not slow either. He hustled to first base, and circumstances willed him to be safe, scoring a run. Those are intangibles in ballgames that add up. And they add up to wins.

The O’s would close out that fourth inning with Adley Rutschman’s sac fly-RBI. So the Birds put a three-run fourth on the board, which always helps the cause. Boston would get one back in the fifth on an RBI-single by Turner. However the O’s would put a run on the board in the sixth on a sac fly-RBI in the sixth, and an RBI-double by McKenna in the eighth.

Make no mistake, this 6-2 win is huge. It’s another series victory, and it’s a series victory over a division opponent. Just keep winning series’. That’s the name of the game in a 162-game season.

The O’s now head to Detroit for a four/game set. Kyle Gibson gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Joey Wentz. Game time is set for just after 6:30 PM.

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