Sports Mountcastle, Hays HRs help Orioles beat skidding Rangers 3-0
Orioles score 9 runs in eighth inning, rally past Royals 9-8
BALTIMORE (AP) — Kelvin Gutierrez hit a game-tying two-run single, two Kansas City outfielders collided on a ball hit by Cedric Mullins, allowing two more runs to score, and Ryan Mountcastle followed with a two-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles scored all their runs in the eighth inning in a 9-8 win over the Royals on Wednesday night. “We haven't had too many of those types of innings in the last few years," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It took us eight innings to put some at-bats together. We were pretty flat offensively. We caught a break. We don't get too many of those usually.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A seemingly inconsequential game between two last-place teams provided rookie pitcher Zac Lowther an indelible memory and a morale-booster to carry with him into the offseason.
Lowther pitched five sparkling innings to earn his first major league victory and help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 Thursday night.
Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays homered for the Orioles, who for a change needed only a smattering of offensive punch to earn a victory.
After going winless with a 9.61 ERA in his first six appearances, Lowther (1-2) got into a rhythm against the light-hitting Rangers. He allowed three hits and notched a career-high seven strikeouts inas a big leaguer.
Brewers' Burnes, Hader combine to no-hit Indians in 3-0 win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Milwaukee ace Corbin Burnes combined with reliever Josh Hader to pitch baseball’s record ninth no-hitter this season, breaking a mark set when pitchers began throwing overhand in 1884 as the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Saturday night. Burnes (10-4) struck out 14 with 115 pitches over eight innings, taking a perfect game into the seventh while overpowering the Indians, who were no-hit for the third time in 2021. This time is was by Burnes — who has become a Cy Young contender as the Brewers run away with the NL Central — and Hader, one of the game’s top closers.
After getting beat up by Toronto and Boston in his previous two starts, Lowther got into a groove against a team vastly unlike those two AL East powerhouses.
“He’s had a couple of rough starts against teams in our division, but tonight he just had way more confidence,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “You hope he takes this into the offseason and understands he can pitch here.”
The thrill of earning his first big-league win just might resonate with Lowther deep into the winter.
“Every year you try to finish strong and end on a good note,” said the 25-year-old lefty. “Going forward, it’s a good learning moment to take into the offseason — and a confidence boost.”
Tyler Wells worked the ninth to complete the five-hitter and earn his fourth save.
Blue Jays hit five homers, pound Orioles 22-7
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernández each hit a grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 44th homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays overpowered the Baltimore Orioles 22-7 Sunday, finishing two runs shy of the franchise record. Guerrero's drive tied him with Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead. Jake Lamb also homered during a 10-run third inning for the Blue Jays, who took three of the four in the series. Toronto scored 44 runs in their three victories. “The last three days, I've been in the game for 35 years, and I've never seen anything like that,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.
Mountcastle hitin the fifth inning off Glenn Otto (0-3) for a 2-0 lead. Mountcastle earlier this month set the Orioles record for home runs by a rookie — eclipsing the 28 by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1982 — and leads the team with 31 homers and 84 RBIs.
in the eighth, his 22nd homer of the season and eighth in September.
The Orioles still own the worst record in the AL (49-104), but this was a nice start to the final homestand of a difficult season that featured a 19-game losing streak and an alarming inability to win at Camden Yards, where they're 24-51.
It's been a struggle for the Rangers, too. Texas (55-98) has lost five straight and eight of nine, and appears a good bet to finish with its first 100-loss season since 1973. This would be only the third time the Rangers reached triple-digit defeats since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.
Manager Chris Woodward lamented his team's shortcoming at the plate after watching Texas strand eight and go 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Defending champion Dodgers beat D-backs, clinch playoff spot
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a postseason berth, getting home runs by Max Muncy, Trea Turner and Will Smith to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in a row. Their eighth straight victory at home, combined with losses by Cincinnati and San Diego, secured the Dodgers’ ninth consecutive playoff appearance in pursuit of a second straight World Series championship. LA’s home record of 51-23 leads the majors. Tony Gonsolin (3-1) scattered two hits over five scoreless innings, struck out six and walked two. Luke Weaver (3-5) needed 72 pitches to get through three innings.
“I was a little bit frustrated. We should have done better than we did,” Woodward said. “We didn't constantly attack the pitcher, and it showed. That's why we had a zero on the board.”.
Otto gave up two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings. It was his fifth start since coming to Texas in the July 29 trade that sent Joey Gallo to the Yankees.
Lowther and Otto entered with no wins between them, and each had an ERA in excess of 9. Yet, both struck out the side in the first inning, and Lowther set a new career high with two more strikeouts in the second. Not to be outdone, Otto also fanned two batters in the bottom half.
Two of the leading candidates for AL Rookie of the Year honors are participating in this four-game series. Texas OF Adolis Garcia came in batting .243 with 30 HRs, 83 RBIs. In addition, his 14 assists were second-most among big league outfielders.
Mountcastle was at .258, and his homer put him ahead of Garcia in homers and RBIs.
Tampa Bay OF Randy Arozarena (.271, 19, 65) has the advantage of playing for a first-place club, but Woodward believes Garcia's defense is the difference-maker.
AL wild-card leading Red Sox rally past O's 8-6
BOSTON (AP) — Kiké Hernández’s game-tying RBI single caromed off the second-base bag and into shallow center field, sparking a three-run, seventh-inning rally that carried the AL wild-card leading Boston Red Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Sunday and a sweep of their three-game series. It was the fifth straight win for Boston, which leads Toronto by one game and the Yankees by 2 1/2 in the playoff chase. The Blue Jays beat Minnesota, 5-3, on Sunday and New York lost to Cleveland, 11-1. J.D. Martinez had a solo homer and Kevin Plawecki added a two-run single for the Red Sox.
“He’s made big-time plays time and time again in big moments,” Woodward said. “That should be worth a little bit more.”
Garcia is more interested in finishing strong than garnering votes from baseball writers.
“Those are things I can’t control,” he said through an interpreter. “I’m just trying to get things done on the field.”
Orioles: INF Ramón Urias is done for the season after being placed on the 10-day IL on Wednesday with a right adductor strain. ... OF Anthony Santander (hamstring) is a “day or two away” from returning and is “going to be sore probably for the rest of the year,” Hyde said.
Rangers: Right-hander Spencer Howard (0-4, 6.86 ERA) tries again to get into the win column on Friday night. It will be his 14th start and 18th appearance in 2021.
Orioles: Rookie left-hander Alexander Wells (1-3, 7.96) strives for his first victory since winning in relief on June 29 at Houston.
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Orioles endure 110-loss season, have 'lot of work to do' .
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles had enough of their own problems this year without getting too caught up in what the teams around them were doing. Still, a look at the rest of the AL East reveals the daunting path ahead. Four teams in the division won at least 91 games this year, and then the Orioles were in the cellar with a record of 52-110. Baltimore had separate losing streaks of 14 and 19 games and finished 39 games out of fourth place. Only one other team in baseball finished that far out of first. General manager Mike Elias is hoping the Orioles will be able to compete in this division again before too long.