Orioles walk off Rays for series win


Seven games into this young season, the Orioles have already matched up against Nathan Eovaldi, Gerrit Cole, Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. It is a collection of some of the American League’s most electric starting pitchers — maybe a month’s worth of challenges for any offense, never mind one without some of its best players from a year ago.

And yet here the O’s are, not entirely unscathed but a game over .500 nonetheless after Saturday’s 5-4 win over the Rays in 11 innings at Oriole Park to put themselves in line to capture their first sweep of 2020. Baltimore’s win came courtesy of a team effort, with a Renato Núñez homer and RBI hits from Pedro Severino and Rio Ruiz backing a strong start from Wade LeBlanc — all before Pat Valaika scored Bryan Holaday with a walk-off single to right off Chaz Roe. Call it a triumph in the club’s first taste of the new extra-innings rule.

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Making his second start in an Orioles uniform, LeBlanc allowed little more than Mike Brosseau’s sixth-inning solo homer over 5 1/3 frames, striking out three against one walk. He won in part because the O’s grinded against Glasnow, chasing the right-hander after 4 2/3 innings. Baltimore battled back after its bullpen blew a three-run lead in the eighth, and Tanner Scott wiggled out of a two-on, two-out 10th-inning situation of his own making to set up Valaika's heroics.

Source: mlb.com

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