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The Orioles complete comeback with 6-4 win over the Rangers

July 15, 2018 - 6:13 pm


The Baltimore Orioles will head into the All-Star break on a high note. Baltimore won two consecutive games to win the series against the Texas Rangers. This was their first series win against an AL West team. This win was impressive due to the Orioles’ resiliency.

Miguel Castro started off poorly. In the first inning, he walked the first three batters he faced, and two batters later, Ronald Guzman hit a grand slam.

Baltimore’s response was a solo homer by Manny Machado in the bottom of the first inning.

The Rangers had a 4-1 lead as Castro struggled early. He went 2 2/3 picking up two strikeouts and allowing four earned runs. Tanner Scott, who was credited with the win, entered the game in the third inning. Scott was magnificent in 2/3. He allowed two hits but picked up two strikeouts.

In the third inning, Baltimore rallied back. Caleb Joseph picked up an RBI double, while Adam Jones’ three-RBI double gave the Orioles the lead. Later in the inning, Jones scored off of a throwing error by the Rangers to extend their lead to two.

After a 26-minute rain delay, play resumed in the fourth inning. Mike Wright Jr. pitched three innings and allowed five hits, but only one earned run. He also recorded three strikeouts on 64 pitches. Paul Fry continues to impress. Fry went 1 2/3, and he did not allow a single hit. Since his first appearance with the Orioles this season, Fry has only allowed one earned run and seven hits in 9 innings.

For the second straight night, Zach Britton entered the ninth inning with a save opportunity. This was not nearly as “flashy” of a performance as his outing on Saturday, but he got the job done. Britton walked one, while he only allowed one hit. However, the Orioles picked up the final out at the plate. Jonathan Schoop delivered a strike to Joseph to tag out Carlos Tocci to end the game.

The Baltimore Orioles are now 28-69 as the All-Star break is here. Only one Oriole, Manny Machado, will be playing in the All-Star game, but he could be moved sooner rather than later. When the team returns from the break, they could have a new shortstop. This could have been Manny Machado’s last game at Camden Yards in an Orioles uniform.

Quick Hits

The Orioles finished 4-4 in their eight-game homestand. Their last four games (2-2) were all one score contests.

This marked Tanner Scott's first major league win.

Manny Machado was pulled out of the lineup after the rain delay. This was not because he was already traded, but to exercise caution in poor field conditions.

Tim Beckham continues to struggle since returning to the lineup. He was 0-for-4 on Sunday, while he was 2-for-13 in the series versus the Rangers.

Caleb Joseph's bat was hot during this series. He had three hits, two walks, and four RBIs. Joseph also picked up his first stolen base.