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Pirates Rally, Beat Orioles 3-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a wildly entertaining three-game series at PNC Park with a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

With the win, the Bucs clinched the series victory, taking two out of three games from the American League East favorites to improve to 8-2 on the season.

Marco Gonzalez started for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings.  Roansy Contreras was perfect today, notching five outs without giving up a hit or a walk.  Jose Hernandez earned the victory, giving up just one hit in 1.1 innings on the bump.

Pittsburgh couldn’t solve Baltimore starter Dean Kremer, who was masterful on the mound.  The O’s right-hander gave up one run (unearned) on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Yennier Cano was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in the ninth inning.

Baltimore took the lead in the fourth inning on a RBI double by Ryan Mountcastle, scoring Adley RutschmanAnthony Santander’s single later in the inning scored Mountcastle to make it 2-0.  Unfortunately for the Orioles, it would be the last run they would score on the day.

The Pirates cut the Orioles’ lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Henry Davis’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Edward Olivares from third to make it a 2-1 score.

It remained a 2-1 score until the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Orioles costly mistake cost them a win.  Gunnar Henderson’s wild throw on potential game-ending double play gave the Pirates a victory.  Oliveras ended up grounding into a force out, but the miscue by the O’s shortstop allowed Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe to score to end the game.

This was a wildly entertaining series from start to finish.  The Orioles are clearly a team that is expected to be at the top of their division and league at season’s end, and what a confidence-builder this was for the Pirates to take two out of three from such a talented club.

The Bucs will continue their season-opening home stand with a two-game series against the Detroit Tigers beginning Monday night at PNC Park.  Reese Olson will be on the mound for Detroit against Mitch Keller for Pittsburgh.  First pitch is slated for 6:40pm.

Record vs. Orioles: 2-1

Record vs. American League: 2-1

Record at Home: 2-1

Overall Record: 8-2

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor