The Washington Post

Mullins, Hays shine, but Wells flames out

- BY NATHAN RUIZ — Baltimore Sun

baltimore — Cedric Mullins has spent this season establishi­ng himself as a fixture in the Baltimore Orioles’ future. Of late, Austin Hays has done the same.

But heroics from each of the dynamic outfielder­s were not enough to prevent a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

For much of the game, it seemed as if the Orioles’ highlight came in the second inning, when Mullins leaped and twisted in center to rob New York catcher Gary Sánchez of a home run. Then Hays, who perhaps had the best view of Mullins’s catch as the right fielder beside him, hit his second home run of the night, a two-out, two-run shot on an 0-2 count in the eighth inning to put Baltimore (46-99) ahead 3-2.

But rookie closer Tyler Wells could not hold a lead for his second straight outing. He opened the ninth with his second walk in as many appearance­s, matching his total from his previous 25. A subsequent single and double steal preceded Brett Gardner’s bloop into center to reverse the score amid a sudden downpour of rain — and chants of “Let’s go Yankees.”

It provided a disappoint­ing finish to a game in which two young outfielder­s continued to brighten their stars. Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde has clamored for Mullins as a Gold Glove candidate for much of the past two seasons, and Wednesday’s play alone made his case. With two outs in the top of the second inning, Mullins leaped at the wall to rob Sánchez, his back facing the field.

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