On Saturday night the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Texas Rangers by a score of 3-2. That one-run difference was the 12th time during the month of September that the Birds were involved in a game that was decided by one run.
This game wasn’t a one run game until the ninth inning when the Rangers gave Orioles fans a collective rapid heart-rate.
After striking out Adolis Garcia to end the 8th inning, Dillon Tate came on to pitch the 9th inning with a 3-1 lead. He immediately surrendered a homerun to Nate Lowe. Tate then induced two ground outs to short before putting the tying run on base via a walk. A pop-up to second base ended the game with the win intact. Tate earned his 3rd save of the season with his 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K effort.
The Orioles did all their run scoring in the 7th inning. Pat Valaika’s (1 for 3. 1 Run Scored, 1 RBI) one-out double scored Trey Mancini (1 for 2, 1 Run Scored, 1 BB), who reached base on a walk. Two batters later, a Kelvin Gutierrez (2 for 3, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI) homerun put the Orioles up 3-0.
Baltimore pitchers Chris Ellis (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K), the game’s starter, Marcos Diplan (2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K) and Joey Krehbiel (1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) kept the Rangers off of the scoreboard.
Brooks Kriske (1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 K) recorded the final out of the 7th inning and pitched into the 8th inning. Despite surrendering an eighth inning lead-off homerun to Jose Trevino, he was the pitcher of record.
Ryan McKenna went 2 for 4 with a double.
Austin Hays went 1 for 4 with a double, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games. He has gotten a hit in 29 of 31 games dating back to August 24th and is slashing .325/ .373/ .667 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 9 homeruns, 20 runs scored, 27 RBI and a 1.040 OPS over that time.
2021 Record: 50-105
Next Game: Sun. Sept. 26 @ 1:05pm