BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 06: Spenser Watkins #80 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 06, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles returned to Camden Yards and the heat (93 degrees at game time) and humidity on Tuesday. Serving as host to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles won by a score of 7-5.

Making his first Major League start, RHP Spenser Watkins looked the part of a seasoned veteran. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2 over 5.0 innings to earn his first win. It was the first game since June 25th, a span of 8 games, where a starter pitched 5 or more innings.

Watkins recorded his first MLB strikeout in the second inning when he punched out Orioles-nemesis, Randal Grichuk. His time on the mound ended after he induced a groundout from Bo Bichette leaving Lourdes Gurriel, Jr on base and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr in the on-deck circle.

The baseballs were flying out of the Yard in the heat and humidity. A total of 6 homeruns were hit, 3 by the Blue Jays (Grichuk, Guerrero Jr and Gurriel Jr) and 3 by the Orioles (all 2-run homers).

Pedro Severino (1 for 3, 1 run scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB) was the first Oriole to go yard in the 4th inning. Cedric Mullins (1 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB) hit his team-leading 16th homerun in the 5th inning and Anthony Santander (1 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 RBI) capped it off with a 431′ blast that landed on Eutaw Street.

Ramon Urias went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Pat Valaika went 2 for 4 to aid the offense.

Rule-5 pick Tyler Wells made it interesting in the ninth, however. He entered the inning with a 7-3 lead and allowed Gurriel Jr’s two-run homer to make the score 7-5 but recovered to strike out Reese McGuire and to get a Marcus Semien fly out to Ryan McKenna, securing the win for Watkins.

Box Score

2021 Record: 28-57

Next Game: Wed. July 7 @ 7:05pm


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