BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - APRIL 11: Starting pitcher Jorge Lopez #48 of the Baltimore Orioles throws to a Boston Red Sox batter in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles lost 3-1 Tuesday night to the Houston Astros and starter Jorge Lopez deserved better for his effort.

The right-hander allowed 2 runs on 5 hits over 6.1 innings. He walked 2, struck out 6 and allowed a second inning homerun to Houston centerfielder Myles Straw. It took a few minutes for video review to declare a homerun; the ball avoided the gloves both of Austin Hays (0 for 4) and a fan in the front row, hit the top of the wall and caromed off the fan’s chest, ironically enough a fan in Astros gear.

The only scoring the Orioles did in support of Lopez’s quality start was on a Cedric Mullins (0 for 3, 1 RBI) sacrifice fly that scored Pedro Severino (0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB) in the third inning.

The team scattered just 4 more hits following that score and had another scoring opportunity when Trey Mancini (1 for 4) doubled to lead off the seventh inning. Unfortunately he remained there as the inning ended.

Ryan Mountcastle (2 for 4) was the lone Oriole hitter with some semblance of success against Houston pitching.

Box Score

2021 Record: 23-50

Next Game: Wed. June 23 @ 7:05pm

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