Adley Rutschman pumped his fist and soaked the crowd, but satisfied Orioles fans jumped to their feet in the eighth inning Tuesday night.
Ramón Urías blasted a two-run, no-doubt home run to left-center field, and although it was only the Orioles’ fourth hit of the game, it gave them a 4-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. Gave a lead of 3. They were behind throughout.
Trey Mancini then drove home Jorge Mateo with a deep sacrifice fly, and All-Star closer Jorge Lopez registered his 19th save in a 5-3 victory that put the Orioles (49-48) . 500 above.
The Rays led most of the game and outscored the Orioles 12 to five, but Baltimore’s hits were more timely and more damaging, as more than half had left the park.
Never a game delay, but a light rain fell at Camden Yards Tuesday night as an announced crowd of 11,307 watched the Orioles pick up their second win against the Rays.
For most of the game, though, the Orioles were troubled by American League ERA leader (1.71 entering Tuesday) and Cy Young favorite Shane McClenahan. gave Baltimore-born ace Turned in an impressive performance, allowing just two hits — both solo home runs — while striking out seven in seven innings.
Cedric Mullins hit McClanahan’s first pitch out of the park, but the All-Star left-hander sat until Anthony Santander added a solo shot of his own with two outs in the fourth. McClanahan sat the next 10 Orioles hitters and faced just 23 over seven innings, two more than the minimum.
Once he exited after just 81 pitches, though, the Orioles scored three runs against reliever Colin Poche.
Orioles starter Spencer Watkins gave up a career-high 10 hits through 5 1/3 innings, but the Rays managed just three runs against him.
Orioles infield prospect Jordan Westberg suffered a foot injury during Triple-A Norfolk’s game in Memphis on Tuesday. The Orioles said he was removed for further testing.
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