After drizzle, Dan Kramer and bullpen beat Pirates 1-0 for Orioles’ fourth straight win – OlxPraca

Before the Orioles begin their latest homestand on Friday, manager Brandon Hyde said he expects a bounce-back outing from right-hander Dan Kramer.

It took a little longer than expected, but he got it.

After a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Orioles defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0, for their fourth straight win, with Kramer allowing no runs in 6 1/3 innings. Kramer had a 6.94 ERA in five July starts but pitched well to keep Baltimore unbeaten in August, retiring 14 straight Pirates before his night ended with a one-out double in the seventh. Kramer joined veteran Jordan Lyles as the only Baltimore starters to record multiple strikeouts in the seventh inning this year. Kramer’s out finally broke a night for the Orioles, who squandered scoring opportunities in four of the first five innings.

“Usually, when you throw away that early, you’re expecting something not good to happen,” Hyde said. “But fortunately for us, Dan Kramer, for me, had his best outing of the year. I thought he did a good job of mixing in his curveball and his changeup as well as a good fastball and cutter. . Prepared tonight with a ton of confidence. That’s what I take away from this game. It’s huge for us and for him.”

With the victory, the Orioles (55-51) kept pace with the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League wild-card race, two games out of a playoff spot. Hyde’s 55 wins in a season is the most in a four-season tenure.

With closer George Lopez traded to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Hyde asked what his primary pairing of setup men was for the final eight outings behind Kramer. Left-hander Cionel Pérez got the first five with a strikeout and flourish, before Félix Bautista recorded his first save after inheriting the closer role from Lopez.

“I did it a little bit differently than I’ve done in the past,” Hyde said. Have to pull out a little more, all the way down. Road [Joey] Karabeel, [Bryan Baker]all those guys kind of have to step up a little bit and play a little bit bigger role than what they’ve taken on.”

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Anthony Santander doubled to open the frame before Ryan Mountcastle grounded out, the Orioles’ 10th straight scoreless at-bat with a runner in scoring position. Rookie infielder Taryn Vavra continued his on-base streak with an infield single off Pirates starter Mitch Keller, then Ramon Urias sliced ​​a single to left to score Santander.

In the midst of his three-hit night, Vavra at one point had seven straight plate appearances on Monday, the first Orioles rookie with such a streak since Jerry Hairston Jr. in 1999.

The Orioles went 2-for-15 with runners on second or third, but Kramer, Perez and Bautista held Pittsburgh hitless in those situations for Baltimore’s 10th shutout, spanning 56 games. It was the club’s fourth in 30 years. Their four 1-0 wins are the franchise’s most since 1983, the last time it won the World Series.

A strange strike

Second base umpire Carlos Torres was ruled out of the game after dealing with an illness and left the club with a staff of three umpires. This situation created an awkward situation in the seventh inning.

After Kramer exited and gave way to Perez, the Orioles left-hander went 1-2 on Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz and then signaled a check swing on a slider in the dirt. Catcher Adele Ritchman pointed to third base to decide whether Cruz was swinging, but there was no umpire. Home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso then announced that Cruz had swung and thus struck out, prompting some objections from the Pirates bench.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton was ejected in the bottom of the eighth after Moscow ruled that Orioles outfielder Brett Phillips did not swing on a similar play.

Cruz’s strikeout was Perez’s first of five outings, with Hyde noting pregame that he will ask more of his remaining back-end relievers after the Lopez trade this week.

“The mentality remains the same,” Perez said via team spokesman Brandon Quines. “Nothing changes. We have to go out there and perform and help the team win and just do our best.

Bautista stranded two in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts For the close’s first save after inheriting the character. All 17 of Bautista’s fastballs in the outing were 100 mph or higher, per Baseball Savant, as he tied St. Louis’ Jordan Hicks as the only reliever with 100 mph pitches in a single outing this season. but joined

Baltimore enters 2021 with the fourth-lowest bullpen ERA in the majors after having the worst mark in the league in 2021.

“They have a little bit of everything,” Cramer said. “Everything you can think of, they get, except we don’t have any submarines.” But that’s about it.”

Heart of Hayes and honor of the hustle and bustle

Longtime Orioles minor league coach Alan Mills used to joke with Austin Hayes that he would “find a way to get dirty in the bathtub,” Hayes joked Friday, referring to his style of play in which he often used to slip or dive in the dirt of the field. Outfield grass

Hayes was unable to do either on Friday, out of the lineup for the third time in four games with what he called an “oblique strain.” But that didn’t dampen his excitement at being named the Orioles’ representative for the Major League Baseball Players’ Alumni Association’s Hart and Hustle Award. The honor recognizes players who, according to the MLBPAA, “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best exemplify the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” Hayes recently partnered with the Orioles to create a $20,000 scholarship for a Maryland student to pursue higher education.

“I just give my all to my teammates, the organization and the city, just give them everything I have every day,” Hayes said. “Just try to uphold the values ​​and character of the game, day in and day out, every year for 162, so I’m really honored to accept this award for the Orioles.”

Hayes said he was out of Friday’s lineup because he and the Orioles didn’t want to aggravate his injury by taking him back. In his absence, Phillips made his first start with Baltimore.

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