BALTIMORE — The Royals came into Baltimore having won 10 of 11 games, but the Orioles put a halt to that momentum. Baltimore swept Kansas City to tie the season series 3-3. The O’s only allowed three runs to a Royals team that currently owns the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
Along with their weekend series win over Texas, the Orioles find themselves winners of five straight. Baltimore now finds themselves one game below .500 (53-54) and 2.5 games back in the Wild Card Race.
Game One: 2-1 Orioles
Despite the rough start, Jimenez settled down and went seven innings. He recorded six strikeouts while allowing five hits and two walks.
In his last two starts, Jimenez let up three runs on eight hits and four walks. He racked up 15 strikeouts in 13 combined innings. His nine-strike out total from his July 16 start agains the Rays marks his season-high.
Craig Gentry became the unlikely hero in the ninth inning of Monday’s contest. Caleb Joseph singled early in the inning. With two outs following a single by Ruben Tejada, Gentry smacked the ball up the middle to Cain. Joseph scored on the play, walking it off for Baltimore.
Game Two: 7-2 Orioles
The dominant starting pitching displayed another brilliant performance on Tuesday. Dylan Bundy’s eight inning, one-run performance earned him his 10th win of the season. In his gem, Bundy struck out five, allowing three hits and a walk. The run allowed was unearned.
Eight innings now represents the longest outing of Bundy’s career.
The Orioles started slow on offense in game one. Tuesday was different. Baltimore scored two runs in the first inning on a single by Schoop and a double by Trey Mancini.
In the fifth inning, the O’s doubled their lead again with some two-out production. Following strikeouts by Chris Davis and Mancini, Tim Beckham, making his Orioles debut, collected his first hit and RBI as an Oriole. With Schoop also on base, Smith doubled to left field top bring home both Schoop and Beckham. Welington Castillo capped it off with and RBI single.
The Orioles scored their seventh and final run of the game an two innings later when Smith singled to score Beckham, giving Smith three RBI on the night.
Brad Brach ran into some trouble in relief of Bundy in the ninth inning. He allowed two doubles that resulted in Kansas City’s second run, but got the outs without making it interesting.
Game Three: 6-0 Orioles
Before making his Orioles debut, Jeremy Hellickson talked about how he used to not like pitching at Camden Yards. Hellickson’s first start with the Birds went about as good as it could go. He pitched seven shutout frames, picking up three strikeouts while allowing three hits and a walk.
Beckham made an impact again in his second game in Baltimore. He finished with two RBI on a double in the second inning and a triple in the eighth.
Joseph smacked a two-run home run to left-center, and David hit a two-run double. The pitching was outstanding in this series, but the offense dazzled too.
Trumbo to DL: The Orioles did not put Mark Trumbo in Monday’s lineup, and afterwards the team placed Trumbo on the 10-day disabled list with a right rib cage strain. On Tuesday, Trumbo had an MRI, and the results seemed positive. If Trumbo does not suffer any setbacks, he could return early next week.
Up Next: The Birds remain in Baltimore for a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers. In May, the Tigers took two of three from the O’s in Detroit. Both teams currently sit in fourth place in their respective divisions.
Following this series, the Orioles embark on their annual west coast trip.
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