Coming into Friday night’s game the O’s had won three of their last four games and Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez was leading the league in earned run average. Baltimore won by a score of 2-1 in 10 innings on a solo go-ahead homer by Chris Davis, and Hernandez earned his third no decision in his last four starts. Despite earning a no decision King Felix did become the first pitcher since 1971 to pitch 13 straight seven plus innings starts with two or less runs. The last pitcher to do that back in 1971 was Tom Seaver for the New York Mets.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman who usually either gives up one run or five runs in a start also earned a no decision pitching six and one-third innings giving up seven hits, one earned run, three walks (all to the same batter) and three strikeouts. After this win Baltimore goes to 10-3 this season in extra inning games, 5-3 on there West Coast road trip and 14-6 in the month of July. Darren O’Day earned the win for the O’s and Zach Britton earned his 19th save of the year. The Birds pitching staff these last five games has been outstanding with a starter earned run average of 1.29 and a team earned run average of 1.40.
On offense O’s slugger Nelson Cruz broke a 39 at-bat drought without a homer in the second inning of this game, which may not have been possible if Adam Jones hadn’t got caught stealing and allowed him to start over next inning. Cruz has now officially recorded his sixth straight season with 20 plus homers and 75 plus RBI’s. Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano went 2 for 4 with a triple and third baseman Kyle Seager also went 2 for 4 with two doubles.
The O’s will try to go for three straight wins against the Mariners Saturday afternoon at 4:10pm/ET. Probables for the game will be: Miguel Gonzalez (BAL 5-5 3.91) vs. Roenis Elias (SEA 8-8 4.41).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)