Orioles split on the road

Timothy Earl August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Orioles split on the road

The Baltimore Orioles went 3-3 on their latest road trip and are still in the hunt for a division crown or a Wild Card playoff berth as the 2017 baseball season enters the month of August.

At (50-54) they are in fourth place in the AL East six games behind the Yankees (55-47) and the Red Sox (55-49) who are tied for first.

They are also fifth in a wide open 10-team race which includes the Rangers, for two WC playoff slots with 58 games remaining in the regular season.

After dropping two of three from another AL rival the Tampa Bay Rays, the Birds rebounded to take two of three from the Texas Rangers at a sweltering Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

After splitting the first two games of the Rangers series, the Orioles won the series finale,10-6.

The offense was paced by a four-run fourth and a five-run fifth as the Birds jumped out to a 9-2 lead and then held on late to secure the win.

They were led at the plate by catcher Welington Castillo who was two for four with four RBIs including a three-run homer, his 10th of the season.

All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who is having his breakout season, finished the game two for four with three RBIs including a two-run homer, his team-leading 24th. He also now has  team-highs with 76 RBIs and .305 batting average.

Orioles starter Wade Miley (5-9, 5.60 ERA) struck out five, allowed four hits and two runs while walking one in five innings of work.

The usually reliable bullpen sputtered and allowed four runs but the large lead was enough to allow closer Zach Britton to earn his eighth save of the season and his AL-record 57th straight save.

The game also featured the 3,000th hit, a fourth inning double by the Ranger’s Adrian Beltre, who is the 31st player in ML history to reach that figure and the first Dominican Republic player to reach this historic milestone.



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