Orioles Big Inning Dooms Diamondbacks

Adley Rutschman and Anthony Santander of the Orioles celebrating the former's home run against the Diamondbacks
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Orioles 7, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX, Sep. 2 — The Baltimore Orioles used a six-run fourth inning to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7–2, Saturday night at Chase Field.

Diamondbacks rookie right-hander Slade Cecconi looked good for three innings and was given an early 2–0 lead. Kyle Bradish, who attended Millennium High School in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, started for the Orioles. Bradish shook off a rough start to settle in and let his offense carry him with a homer and aggressive baserunning on seven consecutive hits.

Top of the First

With first pitch right at 5:10 pm and outside temperature 93 degrees, Adley Rutschman popped out to second baseman Ketel Marte for the first out. Gunnar Henderson was out on strikes for the second out. Anthony Santander doubled, number 33 on the year, to right. Cecconi escaped the top of the first by getting Ryan O’Hearn on a grounder to second.

Diamondbacks Get some Runs

In the bottom of the third, Geraldo Perdomo walked. Corbin Carroll singled on a ground ball to third baseman Ramon Urias, deflected by Bradish. Perdomo immediately moved to third. Ketel Marte doubled, number 22 on the year, scoring Perdomo and Carroll moved to third.

After Tommy Pham was out on strikes, Christian Walker was hit by pitch to load the bases. Alek Thomas grounded into a force out, to shortstop and Carroll scored. The inning ended when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. grounded out to shortstop. Diamondbacks 2, Orioles 0.

Orioles Get the Lead

After Santander led off the fourth with a fly to left, O’Hearn singled on a sharp liner to center. Austin Hays singled on a ground ball to third, and Hearn took second. Cedric Mullins a deep fly ball to right field, clearing the fence for his 13th homer of the season as O’Hearn and Hays scored. Urias singled on a ground ball to second base, scoring when Adam Frazier followed with a double to center.

James McCann doubled on a liner to center, scoring Frazier. Rutschman brought McCann home on a sharp single to right. At this point, Joe Mantiply replaced Cecconi and got the final two outs. Orioles 6, Diamondbacks 2.

Orioles Add another Run

In the top of the seventh, Scott McGough replaced Miguel Castro and immediately gave up Adley Rutschman’s 17th homer of the year on a deep fly to right-center. For McGough, it was home run number 12 in 64 innings. Orioles 7, Diamondbacks 2.

Baltimore closes it out

The Orioles brought in the recently called-up Joey Krehbiel to finish off the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth. He gave up a solo home run to Gabriel Moreno before getting the last two outs.

Torey Lovullo Speaks

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo commented after the game. “From an offensive stand point, we never found the rhythm.” Of Cecconi, he said, “Slade was adequate early on but made some mistakes later on.” On Christian Walker being removed due to right hand discomfort — “He is doing fine. Just a contusion, but he will be sore.”

Diamondbacks Notes

The Diamondbacks have won 11 of their last 17. … Corbin Carroll’s .425 average (17-for-40) since Aug. 19 ranks fourth in the majors. … Christian Walker, over his last 19 games, is batting .319 (22-for-69)/1.018 OPS with 1 double, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 13 runs, 18 RBI, and nine walks. … Tommy Pham has hit safely in 19 of 21 games.

Orioles Notes

The Orioles went 18-9 in August, their most wins since April. They have won at least 16 games in four of the five full months this season. … Shortstop Gunnar Henderson leads the Orioles with 10 defensive runs saved. … The Orioles have scored 347 runs on the road, the fifth most in the majors.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, the Diamondbacks will send Zac Gallen (14–6, 3.32 ERA) to the mound against Orioles right-hander Jack Flaherty (8–8, 4.73 ERA). Game time is 1:10PM Arizona Time. After that, the Diamondbacks welcome the Colorado Rockies for three games, starting on Labor Day Monday.

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James Marshall

James Marshall

Jim Marshall has lived in Phoenix, AZ for 50 years. He is an avid baseball fan, but enjoys all of Arizona's local sports teams, including Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals and Coyotes. In addition to the four major sports, he closely follows the Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers and Arizona State Sun Devils. Jim's passion for baseball continues beyond the field as he is an avid collector of baseball memorabilia. His favorite athlete of all time is Baseball Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew. In addition to watching, reading and talking about sports, he takes time to travel and appreciate the great state of Arizona with his lovely wife, Patti.

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