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With gem, Lyles gives bullpen the night off

- BY ANDY KOSTKA — Baltimore Sun

baltimore — For a brief moment during the eighth inning, left-hander Cionel Pérez stood up in the Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen and began warming. He was an insurance policy, an option to turn to if right-hander Jordan Lyles ever wavered.

But as Lyles continued chewing through innings, Pérez soon sat back down, making the ninth inning Lyles’s responsibi­lity. This is how Lyles envisions every start going, picking up his teammates by offering the bullpen a night off. It hasn’t happened as frequently as he has wanted, though, with Lyles becoming just the second pitcher to throw a complete game during Manager Brandon Hyde’s tenure, with the other being left-hander John Means’s no-hitter in Seattle last year.

On the mound, it was the veteran who helped the Orioles avoid being swept by the Detroit Tigers. And at the plate, it was the Orioles’ crop of rookies who provided the run support in an 8-1 win Wednesday night.

Lyles mowed through the Tigers, throwing 72 of his 94 pitches for strikes, a 76.6 percent rate. The 31-yearold allowed just one run, a solo homer by right fielder Kerry Carpenter in the seventh inning, and gave up three hits with six strikeouts.

The four rookies in Baltimore’s lineup provided the lion’s share of the runs, with a laser of a homer into the bullpen off the bat of Kyle Stowers the major blow. Stowers added an RBI single in the eighth, Terrin Vavra reached base three times on two walks and a single, Gunnar Henderson recorded an RBI on two singles, and Adley Rutschman had an RBI of his own.

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