Orioles take series against Pirates, are 2 games back of AL Wild Card spot

The Baltimore Orioles welcomed the Pittsburgh Pirates to town for a three-game set, and the Birds would ultimately come out on top.

In their previous series against Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit and Oakland, the Orioles went a combined 3-9. These are the type of series that winning teams take advantage of and the kind the O’s need to win if they want to compete with the big dogs in the AL East.

Game one would not disappoint, as the Orioles would get one of the most dominant pitching performances from Dean Kremer (4-3) on the year.

Kremer would pitch into the seventh inning, giving up two hits and allowing no runs. The O’s used threes hits in the sixth inning to score the lone run of the game.

Félix Bautista would enter the ninth and lock the door in leading the Orioles to their 55th victory on the season, the most under manager Brandon Hyde.

Game two, which welcomed Brooks Robinson back for the first time since 2019, saw another strong starting pitching performance an O’s starter. This time, Austin Voth (2-1) would go five innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.

The Orioles would use five doubles (11 hits for the game), four from the bottom of the lineup, to put them in scoring opportunities throughout the game.

Rougned Odor, Jorge Mateo, Brett Phillips and Ryan McKenna would go a combined 4-for-7 with three doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored in helping lead the offense in the 6-3 victory. This extended the Orioles’ winning streak to five and placed them five games over .500.

Game three would start the Orioles’ way, as Mateo would hit his 11th home run of the year, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead in the third.

Spenser Watkins (4-2) coasted until the fifth, when the Pirates would score three runs on four singles and never looked back in winning, 8-1.

Though the O’s lost the game, they still remain four games above .500, while tied with the Guardians at two games back of the third AL Wild Card spot.

The Baltimore Battery ❌-FACTOR heading into this series was the one and only, Adley Rutschman. The young rookie phenom has been on a tear lately, and his performance was one that could dictate the series.

For the series, Rutschman would go 3-for-9 (.333), scoring one run and walking four times. He would raise his batting average to .256 on the year and his OBP to .363.

For August, Rutschman is hitting .400 in six games with four doubles, five runs, two RBIs and eight walks to just one strikeout.

The Orioles welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town starting Monday. This will be a big series to see where the Orioles stand against the stronger clubs in their race to a potential Wild Card birth.

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