Sports Mullins' bizarre triple helps O's beat Red Sox 4-1
Mullins hits 2 HRs, leading Harvey, Orioles over Yankees 4-2
BALTIMORE — Cedric Mullins hit two home runs and a double, Matt Harvey pitched six impressive innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 4-2 Monday night. Baltimore moved one game ahead of the last-place Yankees in the AL East. “I've had some early success,” said Mullins, who is batting .365 this season. “It's just a matter of continuing to put the work in that I've been putting in. Again, I'm putting my best swing out on the field. It's just a matter of staying consistent.” Harvey (2-1) won consecutive starts for the first time since winning four in a row with Cincinnati from June 21-July 13, 2018.
BALTIMORE — Cedric Mullins raced around the bases for a bizarre bloop triple, Trey Mancini hit a go-ahead solo homer and the Baltimore Orioles four-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 4-1 victory Monday night.
The Orioles had dropped their first six games at Camden Yards this season against the Red Sox and avoided a four-game sweep. It was the first time the home team won in 10 games between the teams this season.
“To salvage a series like this, it’s not exactly easy to do when you’re down 3-0 in a series,” Mancini said. “They’ve been playing great baseball over there. That’s a fantastic team they have. To win the fourth one and go into a two-game series tomorrow feels good and shows the resolve this team has.”
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Boston still has the best record (22-14) and the best road record (12-5) in baseball.
Mullins' heads-up baserunning helped the O's add an insurance run in the eighth. He hit a high popup into shallow left field leading off, finding an open spot against Boston's shifted infield defence. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts raced over from near second base and deflected the ball twice before it fell.
Mullins alertly sprinted all the way to third, diving under catcher Christian Vázquez's tag.
“It was a fluke play,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “Everybody reacted the right way. … A good heads-up play by their guy.”
Two batters later, Mancini’s sharp single against Boston’s drawn-in infield made it 3-1, and Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice fly later in the inning supplied the Orioles’ final run.
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Baltimore’s bullpen combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring all 10 batters it faced. Tanner Scott (2-2) struck out his only hitter to complete the sixth, Travis Lakins Sr. and Paul Fry both completed perfect innings, and César Valdez worked the ninth for his eighth save.
“We pitched so well tonight,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Mancini put the Orioles ahead 2-1 with a blast to centre off reliever Matt Andriese (1-2) to lead off the sixth.
Orioles starter Jorge López went a season-high 5 2/3 innings, scattering four hits while striking out five and maintaining control except for a brief sequence in the fourth after yielding J.D. Martinez’s one-out single. Over the course of three pitches, Martinez moved up a base on a hit batsman, a wild pitch and Rafael Devers’ sacrifice fly to tie it at 1.
López gave up a leadoff double in the fifth, but with Scott warming, he retired the next three batters and then pitched into the sixth for the first time this season.
Orioles use pair of late homers to rally past Mariners 5-3
SEATTLE — Cedric Mullins and Freddy Galvis each hit a two-run homer in Baltimore’s five-run eighth inning as the Orioles rallied for a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. Shut down by Seattle’s bullpen for seven innings, the Orioles broke loose in the eighth. Mullins got it started with a shot off Anthony Misiewicz (2-1) to right-centre field that was nearly stolen at the wall by right fielder Mitch Haniger. The ball appeared to graze the top of Haniger’s glove as he crashed into the fence. “I knew it had a chance and at the same time I knew it had a chance to stay in as well,” Mullins said. “When he jumped, I had no visual of what had happened.
“I’ve been battling the last couple games,” López said. “Getting out of that inning gives me a little more confidence to keep pushing."
Ryan Mountcastle lined his third homer down the left-field line off Boston’s Martin Pérez, who otherwise navigated five innings with little difficulty. He allowed four hits and one run and struck out four.
Mountcastle added a single, giving him consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He has five multi-hit games in his last 10 outings after recording two in his first 25 games in 2021.
Red Sox: RHP Ryan Brasier (left calf strain) threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen Saturday, but Cora said he is not close to joining a minor league team for a rehabilitation assignment.
Orioles: Hyde said OF DJ Stewart (left hamstring strain) reported reduced soreness Monday. Stewart left in the sixth inning Sunday. ... Baltimore recalled LHP Keegan Akin from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned LHP Zac Lowther to Norfolk. Lowther is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA in two games with the Orioles.
SEE YOU (MUCH) LATER
After playing each other 10 times in less than six weeks, the AL East rivals won’t meet again until Aug. 13-15 in Boston. The Red Sox’s last trip to Camden Yards isn’t until Sept. 28-30, the final week of the season.
Baltimore LHP John Means was named the American League’s player of the week after no-hitting Seattle on Wednesday. Means is the first Orioles pitcher to earn the honour since Arthur Rhodes in August 1994.
Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.62 ERA), whose 52 consecutive homerless innings is the longest active streak in the majors, draws the start as Boston begins a three-game series at Fenway Park against Oakland.
Orioles: Means (4-0, 1.37) makes his first since his no-hitter as Baltimore begins a two-game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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Yanks turn triple play, edge White Sox 2-1 behind Torres .
NEW YORK (AP) — Only three weeks into May, this one was a classic worthy of October. Gleyber Torres homered late and singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees — moments after turning a clutch triple play — beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Friday night following one of the most dominant displays of starting pitching in major league history. White Sox lefty Carlos Rodón and counterpart Jordan Montgomery combined for 24 strikeouts during the first game since 1900 in which both starters had at least 10 punchouts while permitting no runs or walks, according to Stats. “It was a heck of a game," Rodón said.