Cedric Mullins homered for the third game in a row, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Tuesday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) -Cedric Mullins homered for the third game in a row, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Tuesday night.
DJ Stewart and Austin Hays also joined Baltimore, leveling the four-game series in one piece.
“I liked how we swung bats early,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “Good job scoring first and getting the lead for our young pitcher team.”
Oriole’s right-hander Mike Baumann, judging the team’s No. 10 prospect, was promoted from Triple-A Norfolk ahead of the match and made his Major League debut in the fifth inning. Baumann (1-0) retired 11 of the 14 strokes he faced.
“I did not really know what the moment would be like,” Baumann said. “There was a lot of adrenaline, everything was just a little blurry. Looking back on it, I do not even know if I remember much of what happened on the mound. Just the feeling of going off the field after, hearing the fans, it was a cool moment. It was definitely something to remember. ”
Carlos Santana hit his 19th home run for the Royals, who are 9-4 in their last 13 road games after going 19-37 in their first 46. Kansas City left nine runners at the base, the most since Aug. 27 in Seattle (also nine).
The Orioles took a 4-0 lead against rookie Jackson Kowar (0-3) on an RBI single by Anthony Santander, a field pick by the Hays and a two-run homer by Stewart who was just out of reach of center fielders Michael A . Taylor crashing into the wall.
Kowar allowed six runs and five strokes with seven strikeouts and four walks over six innings.
“He did a good job of staying in the game by putting up a very uncharacteristic game for him,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “He used the slider more than he has ever used in his life. He could not perform the fastball as he wanted. ”
A two-out bloop single by Nicky Lopez reduced the lead to 4-1 in the third against Orioles rookie Alexander Wells, who made his fourth start of the season. Wells gave up two runs and five hits with two strikeouts and two trips over four innings.
Hays responded in the bottom half with a two-run shot that extended his streak-streak to a career-high 14 games. The Orioles did not manage another hit until the Mullins led seventh with their 27th homer.
The Royals scored their third run on a foul by third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez on a grounder by Taylor in the eighth.
Orioles: RHP Manny Barreda had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk. RHP Zack Burdi was elected to the tide.
Orioles: Jorge López’s sprained right ankle is a potentially season-ending injury, according to Hyde. López was injured in an attempt to cover first base during Monday’s match. … 1B / DH Trey Mancini missed his second game in a row with general soreness. … SS Ramón Urías was also held off the pitch with tenderness in the upper right leg. … LHP Bruce Zimmermann (sprained right ankle) is scheduled to throw the bullpen for the next few days.
Royals: LHP Mike Minor (8-12, 5.25 ERA) is winless in his last six starts and goes 0-4 with a 4.98 ERA over that stretch.
Orioles: Matt Harvey (6-14, 6.28 ERA) gets his 28th start of the season. “We’ve been going start-to-start with Harvey here for the last four or five starts,” Hyde said. “Everything he has given us in this second half has been a bonus.”
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