An early hit parade helped the Orioles build a massive early lead Saturday night in Kansas City, one they used to secure an 8-4 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Ramón Urías led the way with a pair of run-scoring singles, while Cedric Mullins doubled twice as one of four Orioles with a multi-hit game to help end a five-game losing streak and give the Orioles (29-62) their second win in July.
“It’s nice the way we strung some hits together,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I love the way we ran the bases — that was our best base-running game by far, going first to third multiple times, putting pressure on the defense, running the bases hard. But really good at-bats off [Royals starter Brady] Singer, top-to-bottom. It was nice to see us keep the line moving and taking competitive at-bat after competitive at-bat, scoring those eight runs early. That was really nice.”
Urías, one of the Orioles’ hottest hitters of late, began the scoring with a single in their two-run second inning before the bats exploded off Singer in the third.
Ryan Mountcastle, DJ Stewart, Anthony Santander, Urías and Pedro Severino all had singles to drive in runs in the five-run third inning, and Trey Mancini hit a rare triple to begin the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mountcastle.
Right-hander Jorge López returned from the bereavement list for Saturday’s start and began his second half similarly to how he spent the first. He said his son, Mikael, had undergone a two-week regimen of chemotherapy before a bone marrow transplant and he had to be with his family.
“He’s such a strong kid,” López said. “I just keep learning every day. I feel I have to be there on that strong part of his life where he’s going to hopefully, we hope he can have a new life in the next couple months and just be a normal kid. He loves baseball and he loves to come to the ballpark, come here and watch. That’s his big thing. He watches every day, us playing. You’ve got to see it to believe it. I had to be there, no matter what.”
Facing his former club in Kansas City for the first time since the Orioles claimed him on waivers last summer, López allowed one run in the first four innings before he quickly loaded the bases in the fifth and allowed all three of those runners to score without finishing the inning.
Paul Fry finished the fifth without any further damage and pitched a clean sixth before Dillon Tate, Tanner Scott and Tyler Wells kept the Royals scoreless the rest of the way.
With Matt Harvey starting the series finale Sunday, manager Brandon Hyde said Spenser Watkins will start Monday’s series-opener at the Tampa Bay Rays and John Means will start Tuesday. Means, the All-Star left-hander who is 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA, has been on the injured list since June 6 recovering from a shoulder injury.
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