Orioles’ 2-out rally in 9th goes to waste in 9-8 walk-off loss to Guardians as bullpen is again asked for too much

An Orioles bullpen that was a power for a lot of the season is exhibiting the consequences of two straight weeks of video games.

Baltimore misplaced to the Cleveland Guardians, 9-8, on Friday night time, the crew’s third consecutive defeat that landed on a reliever. A brief begin from right-hander Dean Kremer tasked the bullpen with masking 5 innings within the crew’s fifteenth of 17 straight video games.

After the Orioles manifested a two-out rally to take the lead within the high of the ninth on Aaron Hicks’ two-run double, All-Star reliever Yennier Cano allowed a leadoff double within the backside half. Following an intentional stroll to place the potential profitable run on base and arrange a possible game-ending double play, David Fry drove in each runners on a walk-off double to deep left discipline.

The Orioles (95-59) benefited from the Toronto Blue Jays beating the Tampa Bay Rays to drop their magic quantity to win the American League East to 6, however Baltimore couldn’t decrease it additional by beating a Cleveland crew on the verge of being eradicated from playoff competition.

Cleveland’s ninth-inning rally marked the third lead the Orioles had been unable to retain. After Baltimore plated two first-inning runs, Kremer allowed Cleveland to do the identical. He gave up one other run within the second, and though he left the bases loaded, he wanted 56 pitches to get the primary six outs, spelling early hassle for Baltimore’s taxed bullpen.

Defensive errors from Anthony Santander and Gunnar Henderson, the Orioles’ offensive heroes on the night time, washed away a 5-3 lead within the fourth. After Kremer opened the body with a stroll, Santander slipped on a line drive to proper discipline for a two-base error, having made a diving catch earlier within the recreation and including a sliding one later. A one-out single obtained Cleveland (74-81) inside a run earlier than a hard-hit grounder ate up Henderson at shortstop for an error that tied the sport and ended Kremer’s outing.

Tyler Wells entered and allowed a go-ahead sacrifice fly, the primary of six straight batters he retired in his first main league look since late July. The three unearned runs within the body left Kremer with six runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings. In 4 September begins, Kremer has accomplished the fifth solely as soon as and has but to file an out past it, permitting 12 runs (9 earned) with a 1.788 WHIP over 17 1/3 innings.

Wells’ fast two innings, requiring solely 19 pitches, helped bridge the sport, however supervisor Brandon Hyde nonetheless wanted 4 extra relievers to get by the eighth. The Orioles tied the sport within the high of the seventh on Santander’s third RBI hit of the night time, having pushed in Henderson on a double within the first earlier than coming round to attain on a wild pitch and delivering a run-scoring single to cap a three-run third. Santander and Henderson mixed for 5 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBIs out of the leadoff and third spots in Baltimore’s order.

Pinch-hitting for Austin Hays with the bases loaded, Cedric Mullins struck out on three pitches to finish the highest of the seventh. In the inning’s backside half, Danny Coulombe, who took the loss in Wednesday’s finale with the Houston Astros, allowed two of the three batters he confronted to succeed in base, with Will Brennan offering a go-ahead single off Jorge López.

The Orioles had gained 24 of their previous 25 video games when scoring at the least 4 runs.

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