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The Orioles snap three-game losing streak with 1-0 win over the Rangers

July 14, 2018 - 11:26 pm

 

By Logan Levy

The Baltimore Orioles have won their 27th game of the season, while also shutting out their opponent for the fifth time this year. Baltimore defeated the Texas Rangers 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel. Offensively, neither club was efficient, but Baltimore’s defense was impressive. They recorded one double play, and Adam Jones had an impressive diving catch in the seventh inning.

Yefry Ramirez took the mound for the Orioles, and it was a dominant performance. Ramirez went 5 innings as he allowed only two hits and recorded seven strikeouts on 94 pitches.

Brad Brach, who was awarded the win, started the sixth inning, and he also showcased great command. Brach faced four batters as he recorded two strikeouts to retire the side.

The Orioles only picked up six hits, yet they were still able to pick up the win. Their lone run came in the sixth inning off of a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Schoop as Caleb Joseph scored.

Following the sixth inning, the Orioles’ bullpen continued to dominate. Donnie Hart made a brief appearance in the seventh inning. He went 2/3 picking up one strikeout. Mychal Givens relieved Hart and went 1 1/3. Givens only allowed one hit to set up Zach Britton for a save opportunity in the ninth inning.

Britton entered the ninth inning, and again, he was spectacular. He faced four batters in ninth. Britton walked one, but picked up two strikeouts and one groundout.

The Orioles are 27-69 overall with one more game to play until the All-Star break. If they win on Sunday, this will mark the first time they won a series against an AL West team.

Quick Hits

The Orioles announced that Brooks Robinson has been hired as a “Special Advisor to the Orioles.”

Zach Britton continues to improve his trade value with another dominant performance tonight. Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Orioles would prefer to trade Britton and Machado separately.

The Orioles are reportedly “making progress” towards trading Manny Machado, per Buster Olney. The Yankees have reportedly been “less involved” in trade talks for Machado, per Ken Rosenthal.