On Tuesday night in Baltimore, the Orioles took the second game of a four-game series against the rival Washington Nationals.
In the win, O’s starter Kevin Gausman picked up his fifth win of the season tossing six shutout innings allowing six hits while striking out two and lowering his ERA to 3.92.
Gausman is now 5-1 at home and has been remarkable infant of the Camden Yard faithful.
“It was good. I got away with some pitches early and had some balls go foul,” Gausman said. That was pretty big. I didn’t necessarily pitch great, but it’s just one of those days where you try to keep grinding and look up and somehow, I didn’t give up a run.”
“We’ll take the finished product, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He gave us six shutout innings and Kevin wanted to go another inning. I feel good, knock on wood, about the way he and Dylan (Bundy) feel right now this time of year.”
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones matched a career high four hits for the third time this season going 4-for-5.
“I mean, it’s the game,” Jones said about beating the rival Nationals. Just take what you can get, man. Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield. Who said that? Jim Thome. You got to go with the punches.”
Outfielder Mark Trumbo was 2-for-5 with an RBI and first baseman Chris Davis hit his 30 home run of the season, the fourth time he’s reached the 3o mark in his last five seasons.
The Orioles also won three challenges in the game keeping the Nationals from gaining momentum.
“It certainly helped, Showalter said. “We needed each one of them. It kept any momentum from getting going. That’s a really good offensive team over there. When the tag is behind, you’ve got to look at the hand touching the base and you can’t really see back there. Just another way you try to make the game better with some of the changes. Glad we had them in place tonight.”
“That’s huge,” Jones said of the three replay challenges. “You’ve got to tip your cap to Schoop and Wieters. Obviously, Schoop on the back end of it with the tag. Him and J.J. and (Bobby) Dickerson are out there tirelessly putting on these tags. That guy, Trea Turner, he’s a burner, an absolute burner, and to have him off the bases is a huge thing because any ball put in play that results in a hit, he’s going to score because he’s got speed, so that’s a run that we eliminated, possibly two runs, that we eliminated from the base paths.”
The Beltway series heads to Washington D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday with Wade Miley taking on Tanner Roark.