Orioles top Roy­als, com­plete three-game sweep

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -


BAL­TI­MORE — Jeremy Hel­lick­son threw seven out­stand­ing in­nings in his Orioles de­but, Caleb Joseph home­red and Bal­ti­more beat the Kansas City Roy­als 6-0 Wed­nes­day night to com­plete a three-game sweep.

Play­ing in his sec­ond game with Bal­ti­more, Tim Beck­ham dou­bled, tripled and drove in two runs.

The Orioles' five-game win­ning streak is their long­est since early May, and they now stand just 2½ games be­hind Kansas City for the sec­ond AL wild-card slot.

The Roy­als had won 10 of 11 be­fore com­ing up flat at Cam­den Yards, scor­ing only three runs in 27 in­nings. They showed their frus­tra­tion in the ninth in­ning, when Mike Mous­takas was tossed af­ter com­plain­ing about a third-strike call and man­ager Ned Yost was ejected for join­ing the ar­gu­ment.

Hel­lick­son (1-0) was ob­tained Satur­day from Philadel­phia, the first of two sig­nif­i­cant trades by the Orioles to for­tify the ros­ter for a po­ten­tial play­off run. The righthander paid im­me­di­ate re­turns, lim­it­ing Kansas City to five hits, is­su­ing one walk and al­low­ing only one run­ner to reach third base.

Af­ter go­ing 6-5 with the Phillies,

Hel­lick­son turned in his best per­for­mance of the sea­son to earn his sec­ond win in 12 starts since May 19.

He re­ceived of­fen­sive back­ing from Beck­ham, ac­quired in a trade with Tampa Bay on Mon­day just be­fore the non-waiver trade dead­line ex­pired.

My­chal Givens worked a per­fect eighth and Dar­ren O'Day com­pleted Bal­ti­more's sev­enth shutout.

Bal­ti­more went up 3-0 in the sec­ond in­ning against Ja­son Var­gas (13-5) when Beck­ham dou­bled in a run and Joseph fol­lowed with a two-out drive into the left-field seats.

Af­ter Hel­lick­son re­tired the first two bat­ters in the third, a sud­den rain shower forced a 35-minute de­lay. When play re­sumed, Hel­lick­son gave up a sin­gle and hit a bat­ter be­fore retiring Eric Hos­mer on a fly ball.

It would be the only time un­til the sixth in­ning that Kansas City got a run­ner to sec­ond base.

RANGERS 5, MARINERS 1 Joey Gallo hit an­other im­pres­sively long home run, An­drew Cash­ner won his third straight start and the Texas Rangers beat the Seat­tle Mariners to snap a four-game los­ing streak. Delino DeShields and Elvis An­drus also home­red for the Rangers, who wrapped up a 3-6 home­s­tand dur­ing which Adrian Bel­tre joined the 3,000-hit club and ace pitcher Yu Darvish was traded away.

RAYS 3, ASTROS 0 Rookie Austin Pruitt and three re­liev­ers com­bined on a five-hit­ter and the Tampa Bay Rays handed Dal­las Keuchel his first loss of the sea­son, beat­ing the Hous­ton Astros. Lo­gan Mor­ri­son hit a two-run homer. He also con­nected Tues­day night, snap­ping his sea­son-long 12-game home­r­less streak.


CAR­DI­NALS 5, BREW­ERS 4 Yadier Molina hit two solo home runs, Kolten Wong added a two-run dou­ble, Luke Weaver pitched into the sev­enth in­ning and the St. Louis Car­di­nals held on for a vic­tory over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers. Weaver (1-1) made one mis­take in the first and Eric Thames hit it for his 25th home run of the sea­son. Weaver re­grouped and held the Brew­ers score­less un­til Her­nan Perez’s one-out RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth.


Kansas City’s Mike Mous­takas (right) ar­gues a called strike with home plate um­pire John Tumpane on Wed­nes­day in Bal­ti­more.

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