The Washington Post

O’s move above .500 thanks to Urías blast

- BY HAYES GARDNER

baltimore — Adley Rutschman pumped his fist and a crowd of soggy but satisfied Baltimore Orioles fans leaped to their feet in the eighth inning Tuesday night.

Ramón Urías had blasted a two-run, no-doubt home run to left-center field, and though it was just the Orioles’ fourth hit of the game, it gave them a 4-3 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in a game they had trailed throughout.

Four batters later, Trey Mancini drove home Jorge Mateo with a deep sacrifice fly, and all-star closer Jorge López registered his 19th save to secure a 5-3 victory that lifted the Orioles (49-48) above .500.

The Rays led for the bulk of the game and outhit the Orioles 12 to five, but Baltimore’s hits were more timely and damaging.

The game was never delayed, but it rained lightly at Camden Yards as an announced crowd of 11,307 saw the Orioles win their second straight against Tampa Bay.

For much of the game, though, the Orioles were vexed by American League ERA leader (1.71 entering Tuesday) and Cy Young favorite Shane Mcclanahan. The Baltimore-born ace spun an impressive performanc­e, allowing just two hits — both solo home runs — while striking out seven in seven innings.

Once he exited after just 81 pitches, though, the Orioles scored three runs against Rays reliever Colin Poche.

Baltimore starter Spenser Watkins gave up a career-high 10 hits through 51/ innings, but Tampa

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Bay managed to score only three runs against him.

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