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O’s Beat Royals 6-1, to Make it Four in a Row

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Tyler Wells produced six good innings to get his first win of the season, as the Baltimore Orioles mauled the Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Monday afternoon.

Baltimore is on a four-game winning streak for the first time this season and is now 6-4 at home. Kansas City is now eight games under .500 for the season.

This was a make-up of Saturday’s postponed game, and it was the last game of a rain-shortened series. Friday’s game was rained out and rescheduled on Sunday as part of a doubleheader that the teams shared.

In the first inning, Wells (1-2) gave up a two-out RBI single to Ryan O’Hearn but then sailed through the remainder of his start. In the longest outing of his major-league career, he retired 16 of the final 19 hitters he faced while striking out three.

After having Tommy John surgery in 2019 and missing the whole 2019 and 2020 seasons, the 27-year-old right-hander worked out of the Orioles’ bullpen last season as a Rule 5 pick. On Monday, he made his sixth start and threw 54 strikes in 75 pitches, a career-best.

Kansas City Royals have lost seven of its last nine games while scoring just 22 runs. On Monday, the Royals went 1 for 6 with runners in good scoring position.

“We have to figure out how to put crooked numbers together by just stacking hits on top of each other,” said Kansas City manager Mike Matheny. “They’re just hard to come by right now.”

In their fifth-inning rally against Royals starter Carlos Hernández, the strategic player according to Vwin’s report, the Orioles had only four hits. With one out, a walk, Anthony Bemboom’s double, and Jorge Mateo’s RBI single leveled it. When catcher MJ Melendez’s botched throw on Mateo’s steal of second base soared into center field, Bemboom came around.

When Hernández struck out Cedric Mullins, he was on the edge of avoiding further damage. However, Trey Mancini singled in Mateo, then Hernández walked and hit a batter before scoring Mancini on a wild pitch. Ryan Mountcastle then added two more runs with a single.

In 4 2/3 innings, Hernández gave up six runs on seven hits while striking out two.

Outfielder Edward Olivares was put on the 10-day injured list by Kansas City, while Sebastian Rivero was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. During Sunday’s doubleheader, Rivero served as the 27th man.

In the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, Mountcastle, who injured his ankle while swiping second base, was in the lineup as the designated hitter.

Since 2015, Baltimore is Kansas City 16-6 against at Camden Yards. In that time, the Orioles have won six of their seven home series against the Royals and split a four-game series last season.

Next up…

The Royals’ three-city road trip begins on Tuesday in Texas. In three career appearances against the Rangers, RHP Brad Keller is 0-1 with an 8.71 ERA.

As Baltimore opens a three-game series in St. Louis, Kyle Bradish will make his third career start and first on the road.

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