of Baltimore Orioles They have won 11 of their last 14 games to rise to the top of the American League East.
of Orioles They will aim to give themselves a little breathing room when they play the final four-game away game on Sunday. Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida
Baltimore bounced back from Friday’s 3-0 setback to take a 5-0 lead on Saturday before going 6-5 to record their second win in the series. Victory brought Orioles 1-game lead in division beyond reeling light raysdropped 13 of 17 games in July
On July 1st, light rays It was 6 1/2 games behind Orioles And 1st place in the AL East
But on Saturday, James McCann hit a two-run double alongside Jorge Mateo, and Austin Hayes added an RBI double in the fourth inning with five runs. Tampa Bay gave up two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh, and two more in the eighth.
“This is baseball with a playoff feel. No free at-bats, no free innings,” McCann told MASN. “You have to work for all you get.”
That said, McCann has high hopes when asked if Baltimore can win the World Series this season.
“I think this team has what it takes,” McCann said. “It’s a really good mix of young guys with a lot of energy and veterans who have been in that situation before. A team that never quits, players who do their job in a professional manner. Put it all together and in the end you’ll have a lot of success on the field and that’s what we’re seeing right now.”
Not happy with the final result on Saturday, light rays Manager Kevin Cash admits he’s been encouraged by the quality of his team’s at-bats in recent days
“Maybe a little,” Cash said. “I didn’t think it was going to be an overnight switch deal, so we’ve got to see some progress, but I feel it’s fair that I’m getting better at bat.”
Baltimore will field Tyler Wells (7-5, 3.54 ERA) against Tampa Bay rookie Taj Bradley (5-6, 5.29 ERA) as a right-hander in Sunday’s series finale.
The 28-year-old Wells is looking to make amends for a dismal 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Tuesday, giving up six hits and five runs in a season-low two innings. Wells hit 22 homers in 19 games (18 starts) this season, including a three-run run by Dodgers Jason Hayward.
“Whenever a home run starts to turn into a two-run, three-run home run, it becomes a problem,” Wells said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I definitely consider it personal.”
Wells went 0-3 in nine career appearances (five starts) after allowing four hits and four runs (two earned runs) in five innings in a 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla., on June 21.
The 22-year-old Bradley last tasted a win on June 21 in a 7-2 victory over Baltimore, allowing three hits and one run while striking out eight.
In Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, he went 0-3 in his last four starts despite having nine hits and allowing just two runs on five hits.
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