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Orioles give second-biggest crowd of season a reason to roar, defeating Pirates, 6-3, for fifth straight win – The Denver Post

The wave that rolled around Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Round 7 on Saturday had real power. There were no gaps in the flow like there were so often at Orioles games, only the rise and fall of one of Baltimore’s best crowds this season enjoying what would be the fifth straight win. of their club.

That wave finally broke as outfielder Cedric Mullins sent a ball deep enough to score the Orioles’ sixth and final point in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 41,086 fans – the second-largest crowd this season next to Opening Day.

Excluding the opening day crowds, the one that rose throughout Saturday afternoon was the largest at Camden Yards since September 23, 2017. It came in part to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the stadium, but also because the Orioles haven’t been this enticing since those pre-Reconstruction days.

As shortstop Jorge Mateo sprawled to his left to catch a potential hit – flipping him to Rougned Odor in the second to start a double play in the eighth – that crowd rose in unison, arms lifted. Moments later, the roar resumed when southpaw Nick Vespi knocked out Pirates phenom Oneil Cruz to leave a runner stuck in third.

Those moments have been more consistent this year than in previous seasons, with the Orioles hitting a five-game high above .500 and closer and closer to a wildcard spot. But reactions in the stands almost never reached the decibel levels they so frequently encountered on Saturday.

For as lean as the offense was in Friday’s 1-0 win, this group wasted no time on Saturday putting points on the board against right-hander JT Brubaker. It also came from a myriad of sources.

Terrin Vavra, a rookie who can’t help but get on base, threw an RBI single in the first inning. Shortstop Jorge Mateo and left fielder Brett Phillips drove in the second. And while right-hander Austin Voth gave up a two-run homer to Cruz in the fourth, pinch hitter Ryan McKenna immediately restored a cushion in the fifth.

With double McKenna’s two outs and two runs in the left corner of the field, the Orioles’ 10 batters recorded a hit — a formation that drove up and down, including three ninth-place RBIs.

That more than covered for Voth’s three races in five rounds. And despite a reshuffle following the trade of Jorge López closer to the Twins on Tuesday, the bullpen has held Pittsburgh scoreless without allowing a hit in the last four innings.

It all gave one of the biggest crowds in years a reason to stand up and shout again and again, appreciating a baseball team that gripped Baltimore with fervor once again.

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