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Orioles avoid sweep by beating Rangers, 3-2, behind Kyle Bradish’s strong start and Austin Hays’ two RBIs – The Denver Post

They say don’t mess with Texas. But state teams have to learn not to mess with Kyle Bradish.

The Orioles sophomore right-hander continued his dominance against Lone Star State teams in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers as Baltimore avoided being on the wrong side of a sweep for the first time this season.

Bradish pitched the seventh inning, allowing baseball’s best offense a run, but Corey Seager’s brace on Yennier Cano tied the game in the eighth before Austin Hays’ third hit in front of a reported crowd of 25,124 in the afternoon. in the lower half of the frame. The result pushed the Orioles (34-19) past Texas (33-19) for the second-best record among the majors, behind only the Tampa Bay Rays. He also secured Baltimore a winning record in a May slate that featured 22 straight games against teams above .500.

In five career starts against the Rangers and Houston Astros, Bradish has a .60 ERA, limiting them to two earned runs in 30 innings. When not facing American League Eastern opponents, Bradish is 6-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 16 starts.

He lasted just 1 2/3 innings against Rangers early in the season, with a line drive to his right foot sending him to the disabled list. He went five frames beyond that Sunday, tying his season high of 6 2/3 innings.

Bradish hit the side high first before the Orioles provided all the offense they would muster with him in the game. Rangers shortstop Seager lost a pop-up from Cedric Mullins in the sun, and Adley Rutschman and Hays followed with singles, the latter scoring Mullins. After Anthony Santander – who did not appear in Saturday’s game while nursing what manager Brandon Hyde said was left elbow pain – walked to load the bases, Ryan Mountcastle hit a fly sacrificial to the warning track on the right.

Starting with Ramón Urías afterwards in a double play, the Baltimore bats went quiet, going 2 for 21 in the seventh inning. Bradish did his best to make the lack of offense irrelevant. A single and a walk opened up second, but a ground fly to Mountcastle early on became two outs when he threw to shortstop Jorge Mateo at second before Mateo fired back at Bradish at first base for a double play. The pair of outs started an 11-game Rangers retirement streak for Bradish.

Robbie Grossman opened Bradish’s sixth inning with a single, and a batter later Marcus Semien sent a hanging slider to left center, but rather than a tying homer, Camden Yards’ deep left-field wall kept the ball in play for a double RBI; Hays also lost a third-sized home run, tripling the wall but getting stuck at third base.

With the tying run in second for Texas, Seager lined up with Mateo, who doubled Semien to finish sixth. Bradish got the first two outs of the sixth before a single, his fourth hit allowed, ended his afternoon after 85 pitches. Hyde turned to Cano, who allowed a brace to put the tie and go-ahead in scoring position before a strikeout sent the game into a stretch.

Returning for the eighth, Cano gave up a single to Grossman before a pair of groundouts lifted him to third. With left-handed hitter Seager coming up and left-hander Danny Coulombe warming up, Hyde stayed with Cano, with Seager’s double tackle against the right-hander for the third time in five outings after his first 17 the appearances were aimless.

Coulombe recorded the final out of the inning before the Orioles quickly regained the lead. With Mullins and Rutschman back on base for Hays after a walk and a single respectively, Hays scored a single down the middle to give Baltimore a 3-2 lead, although he was unable to add beyond despite having three chances to do so.

Closer, Félix Bautista maintained that one-point lead, drawing the team out in the ninth for his 13th save.

This story will be updated.

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