BALTIMORE (AP) — Anthony Santander homered, DL Corridor labored out of a sixth-inning jam and the Baltimore Orioles clinched the AL East title with a 2-0 victory over the Boston Pink Sox on Thursday evening.
Dean Kremer (13-5) allowed two hits and a stroll in 5 1/3 innings, placing out eight, and the Orioles reached 100 wins for the sixth time in workforce historical past and first since 1980. Baltimore prevailed in a brutally robust division that relegated the Pink Sox and New York Yankees to afterthoughts.
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Now the Orioles — two years after shedding 110 video games — will enter the postseason as the highest seed within the American League.
It was an evening of celebration at Camden Yards. The workforce introduced on the scoreboard after the third inning that it had reached an settlement with the state holding the Orioles in Baltimore for at the very least the following 30 years. The workforce’s lease at Camden Yards was set to run out on the finish of 2023.
Through the seventh-inning stretch, the scoreboard had one other deal with for Baltimore followers — the sight of Orioles nice Cal Ripken in attendance.
Baltimore received the AL East 5 occasions in six years after divisional play started in 1969, however that is solely the fifth division title for the Orioles since then — and first since 2014. Baltimore’s most up-to-date pennant and World Collection title had been in 1983.
The Orioles needed to work for this AL East crown. Tampa Bay started the season with 13 consecutive victories and led Baltimore by 6 1/2 video games after a victory at Camden Yards on Might 8. However the Orioles took the final two video games of that sequence, stayed near the Rays and handed them shortly after the All-Star break.
Baltimore has gone 91 consecutive sequence of at the very least two selections with out being swept.
Santander’s homer off Chris Sale (6-5) gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead within the first. After the Pink Sox put males on first and third with one out within the sixth, Corridor relieved Kremer and retired pinch-hitter Adam Duvall and Alex Verdugo on a strikeout and a groundout.
Corridor labored the seventh as properly. Yennier Cano acquired two outs within the eighth, and Cionel Pérez retired Rafael Devers on a groundout with a person on second for the third out of that inning.
The Orioles added a run within the eighth on an RBI double by pinch-hitter Heston Kjerstad. Then Tyler Wells pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season — and the social gathering started in earnest.
Pink Sox: Boston put RHP Chris Martin on the 15-day injured record with a viral an infection.
Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle, activated Wednesday from the IL, was within the beginning lineup. He drew a stroll and was hit by a pitch.
Orioles LHP John Means (1-1) begins towards Boston’s Nick Pivetta (9-9) on Friday evening.
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