The Washington Post

O’s break tie in ninth to remain above .500

- BY ANDY KOSTKA

cincinnati — For just a moment, as the benches emptied and the bullpens began the long race to the infield, there seemed to be a more literal definition to the word “fight” when it comes to the Baltimore Orioles.

Anthony Santander took a pitch from Cincinnati Reds right-hander Dauri Moreta off the upper thigh, then dropped his bat and took several steps toward the mound. Then came both teams, rushing to the defense of their teammates, before cooler heads prevailed.

But the looser definition of “fight” has been with Baltimore all season. Given the situation — and given the way the Orioles have played this season — a tie game heading into the ninth inning was nothing but an invitation to complete yet another comeback.

And by the end of it, Baltimore had posted four runs to break the game open for a 6-2 win. The Orioles (51-49) secured their 23rd comeback victory of the campaign, pushing them to an above-.500 record at the 100-game mark of a season for the first time since 2016.

A Rougned Odor double into the right field corner pushed the second baseman and pinch runner Ryan Mckenna into scoring position, and Cedric Mullins broke the tie game one pitch later. He golfed a change-up below the zone into center field to score both runners, then Baltimore added on with an RBI single from Trey Mancini and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Mountcastl­e.

Before that single from Mullins, the Orioles had been 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. It took them a while, but they got it done once more.

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