O’s win series against A’s

The Baltimore Orioles opened a 10-game home stand by welcoming the Oakland Athletics to town.

A crucial stretch that will see the Birds face the Blue Jays for four games and the Red Sox for three, the Oakland series would be a tune-up for a tough stretch.

With some strong pitching and power from the big guns, the Orioles would take the first two games of the series, before falling in the last game, ending a four-game winning streak.

Game one saw Dean Kremer put together his fourth quality start (all since August) by pitching six innings of two-run ball.

Before Oakland scored in the fifth inning, Orioles pitching had held their opponents scoreless for the previous 25 innings.

Gunnar Henderson made his Camden Yards debut, becoming the first Orioles player to play his first three games at three different positions (third base, shortstop and second base). For the game, he would go 2-for-4, hitting two doubles.

It was a pinch hit, six-pitch walk with the bases loaded by rookie Adley Rutschman that turned the game around. Jorge Mateo followed with a two-run single and Dillon Tate (3-3) pitched 1.1 innings to secure the win.

Game two was Ryan Mountcastle’s wake-up party, as he hit two two-run home runs, his third in three games, to pace the Orioles’ power surge.

Home runs from Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and Adley Rutschman helped pace the Orioles to an 8-1 victory.

Alongside Gunnar making his home debut, this game featured Rutschman, Henderson and Kyle Stowers sharing the same lineup for the first time. Besides those rookies, D.L. Hall and Nick Vespi would play a roll in helping close out the victory, one that showed part of the future the Orioles are building.

Game three was Spenser Watkins (4-6) trying to turn his luck around, as the Birds went for the sweep. Unfortunately, Watkins would lose his fifth straight decision (six starts) en route to the Orioles being shut out.

Watkins pitched six innings, giving up four runs, but the O’s offense was shut down, as five Oakland pitchers held the lineup to six hits (two hits from Ramón Urías).

The Orioles lost a game in the Wild Card standings with Toronto winning, but they still remain 2.5 games out of the third spot.

The Orioles won their fifth consecutive series for the first time since July-August of 2014, when they won eight straight.

The Baltimore Battery ❌-FACTOR heading into the series was Ryan Mountcastle.

Coming into this set, Mounty was in a prolonged slump, and his turn-around would be a crucial part to the series victory.

For the series, Mountcastle batted .363, hitting two home runs, scoring three times and collecting five RBIs. Both his defense and his offense played a big factor in the two victories, as he now has 21 home runs and 72 RBIs for the season.

Though he didn’t collect a hit Sunday, Mountcastle has started September off slashing .333/.375/.933, something the O’s need in their postseason push.

The Orioles will have no time for rest, as they play a doubleheader Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays, a critical series in the division, but bigger in the AL Wild Card race.

Game one is set for 1:05 p.m. EST, as one of the biggest series gets under way from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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