Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 am
Orioles shut Reds down again
CINCINNATI – Shutdown pitching and just enough hitting. The Baltimore Orioles found a way to squeeze out the close ones during an uplifting trip.
J.J. Hardy singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning on Thursday night, and the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 2-1 victory and an interleague series win over the Cincinnati Reds.
“That's kind of the way we expect to play,” Hardy said. “I don't think we're too surprised at how things are turning out.”
Hardy fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches before driving in Mark Trumbo from second base with his single off Blake Wood (0-2) that cleared the infield – exactly what the shortstop was trying to do.
“Don't strike out,” he said, summing up his approach. “Just try to put it in play and make something happen. Fortunately that ball fell in.”
Three Orioles pitchers limited the Reds to two hits. Brad Brach retired the side in the 10th for his second straight save while filling in for injured closer Zach Britton.
BREWERS 7, CARDINALS 5: In Milwaukee, Jett Bandy, Eric Thames and Travis Shaw each hit home runs to help Milwaukee beat St. Louis.
Bandy hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Thames put Milwaukee ahead with a two-run shot off Carlos Martinez (0-3) in the fifth. Shaw's three-run blast in the first made it 12 consecutive games going yard for the Brewers, who lead the majors with 32 home runs.
RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 1, 10 inn.: In Toronto, Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight shutout innings, Mookie Betts hit a three-run double in the 10th and Boston beat struggling Toronto.