Strange sixth inning sends O’s to defeat
ASTROS 8, ORIOLES 4
baltimore — Camden Yards fell quiet Saturday night as Houston Astros third baseman Colin Moran was carted off the field after getting hit in the face by a foul ball in the sixth inning. The crowd then dropped into disbelief when the pinch hitter who replaced him, Marwin González, hit the eventual game-winning three-run homer off Darren O’Day to send the Orioles to a 8-4 loss.
In a bizarre sixth inning, the Astros scored five runs immediately after the Orioles scored four in the fifth on two-run homers by Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop off starter Collin McHugh.
Chris Tillman went into the sixth with a 4-1 lead, then allowed a one-out, ground-rule double to Josh Reddick before Yuli Gurriel lofted a ball that hit the railing above the top of the scoreboard in right field. The ball was initially ruled an RBI double, but after a crew chief review, Gurriel was given a two-run homer to cut the Orioles’ lead to one.
That chased Tillman from the game, and O’Day allowed back-to-back singles just two pitches into his outing. He struck out Alex Bregman before Moran swung out in front of a first-pitch inside fastball, fouling it directly into his face.
Trainers attended to Moran, who struggled to get back on his feet and needed help walking to the cart that drove him off the field. After a delay, González stepped to the plate and hit a towering three-run homer to right field, completing the Orioles’ collapse.