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Orioles get second straight win as Cedric Mullins’ 10th brace gives Baltimore 10-9 win over Rangers: ‘There’s no giving up’

As the Orioles headed to their final in a game in which they held three leads and each lost, a fan in the Camden Yards bowl shouted.

“It’s all your fault, Roogie!”

It’s unlikely Baltimore second baseman Rougned Odor heard that proclamation as he prepared to strike in the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday, but he surely felt some responsibility for the Orioles’ circumstances against his former club. Texas Rangers. He fielded an unhurried grounder in the top half of the inning, allowing the potential tying run to reach base. He scored when Corey Seager hit Felix Bautista, the Baltimore bullpen’s third straight inning to draw or go-ahead.

With the Orioles through to their final in the bottom of the ninth, Odor made up for his foul by hammering a game-tying home run into right field. He took his time to leave the box and head for first, admiring his shot and perhaps giving those who had shouted time to apologize before beginning his trot.

“He’s a warrior,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He’s inspiring, and he’s got energy, and he loves to play, and he’s a badass.

“It’s all about winning.”

Tuesday, the Orioles too. An innings later, they finally ended their home-and-away game with Rangers in a 10-9 victory, as Cedric Mullins reached for the fifth time with a brace past those who remained of an announced crowd of 7,371, Camden Yards’ second lowest of the season.

“There’s no giving up on any of us,” Mullins said. “We have the mindset to come and win every day, whatever it takes, whatever that means.”

The victory positioned Baltimore for its first sweep of the season as they became the first team in major league history to come out on top despite allowing home runs tied or go-ahead in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. In a series of seasons that have often featured blown leads, few have also resulted in clubhouse celebrations.

“Sometimes we seemed to give up on those games, but not this team in 2022,” first baseman Trey Mancini said. “That game was the epitome of who this team is.”

Odor’s clutch shot and Mullins’ Gatorade bath-inducing shot erased a frustrating game from the Baltimore bullpen, which was a surprising bright spot. The Orioles (38-44) took a 4-0 lead in the second inning as starter Austin Voth went through four frames, but he charged the bases while recording only in the fifth. Keegan Akin came in and allowed the three legacy runners to score on a sacrifice fly, a ground single that bounced off third base and a single to center. He threw a clear sixth before Mitch Garver hit him a game-tying home run in the seventh.

With both outs in the bottom half, Baltimore took the lead again. A Mullins walk preceded four other runners, with Ramón Urías hitting the key with a two-run single that made the Orioles lead 7-4.

It was short lived. With two outs in the eighth, Dillon Tate left two runners to Nick Vespi, who gave up a tying three-run home run to Nathaniel Lowe.

Ryan McKenna cleared Camden Yards’ new left-field wall for his first home run of the year, but the advantage was gone against Bautista in the ninth, the third time in five games the Orioles have entered the half of the ninth of their opponents and came out of it. dragging. But thanks to Odor, the game stretched into an extra frame. Right-hander Joey Krehbiel was pitching the Baltimore bullpen in case it was needed. As Odor approached the plate before the at-bat, Krehbiel sensed it would.

“You never know,” Krehbiel said, “but you may have an idea.”

Krehbiel left the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, and after two unproductive outs with the autorunner at second, Mullins laced a fly ball to left center, giving the Orioles straight wins for the second time this season.

“Honestly, we haven’t had a lot of punches in the bullpen like we’ve had here the last three or four days,” Hyde said. “Our bullpen was turned off and blocked legacy runners and got big outs in the big runs against [American League] East-type teams, and tonight that just didn’t happen.

“For our guys, we’re winning the game, we feel good in our bullpen and it’s not going to happen, but being able to hit with them, take the lead, says a lot about our character.”

As the team’s longest-serving player, Mancini saw the club trade several players to spark its rebuild in 2018, and he remains in Baltimore now as that process begins to bear fruit. He may not be here for very long. In the final guaranteed year of his contract before reaching free agency, Mancini is the Orioles’ most likely candidate to be traded at next month’s deadline. While this is his last full month with Baltimore, he’s happy with the growth he’s seen around him.

“I don’t know exactly what the next few weeks have in store for us, but I know I’m just having fun, just trying to enjoy every day with these guys,” Mancini said. “This year has been a breath of fresh air. No matter what, I’m really proud of this band and how we’ve grown and played this year. It was really, really fun and special to be a part of it.

Mullins heats up

A year ago on Monday, Mullins was named an All-Star. He’s unlikely to repeat when this season’s band is announced this weekend.

But a slow start after his breakout season has hidden improvements that have been bubbling for a month. After a loss on June 5, he was batting .236 with a .667 OPS. He finished Tuesday’s game hitting .333 with a .880 OPS in the month since.

After three singles from the bottom of the order gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Mullins hit a two-run double down the middle, his 11th extra hit in his last 25 games, then scored on a Mancini double. He sparked Baltimore’s seventh-inning rally with a two-out walk.

After Robinson Chirinos had a bunt and pinch hitter Ryan Mountcastle appeared, Mullins qualified at 10th in a game against left-hander Matt Moore, the same pitcher the Orioles faced on Monday. Mullins entered the game batting .229 at left-handed pitchers to .277 at bat, he had a field advantage.

“For me, the confidence is back,” Hyde said.

around the horn

>> Orioles outfielder Austin Hays is suffering from sore right wrist after a punt on Monday aggravated an injury he first felt after diving into foul territory in Chicago. Mountcastle was out of initial training with a sinus problem.

>> Right-hander Kyle Bradish, on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, will pitch to batters in the coming days.

>> MLB Pipeline updated its Top 100 prospect rankings with the graduation of Orioles wide receiver Adley Rutschman, officially the No. 1 prospect. Triple-A infielder Gunnar Henderson has skyrocketed from No. 41 in fifth, while Norfolk teammate Jordan Westburg entered the standings at No. 96.

RANGERS@ORIOLES

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