BALTIMORE ( Associated Press) — Ryan McKenna doubled in the fifth inning as the Baltimore Orioles thrashed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday for five straight wins.
The Orioles celebrated the 30th anniversary of Camden Yards with a pregame ceremony, which included the participation of two Hall of Famers, Eddie Murray and Mike Musina. Brooks Robinson also spoke to the team members before the game.
Then the current Orioles, which have been in the news for the past few weeks, brought some current excitement to a franchise that has been living up to the years in full nostalgia.
O’Neill Cruz cut Baltimore’s opening lead by one run as he beat homer for Pittsburgh by two runs in the fourth inning. However, McKenna pinch-hit the previous inning, put the Orioles up 5-2 on a big drive and went into left field with two outs.
Baltimore, who entered the day just 1 1/2 games down from a final wild-card spot in the American League playoffs, have won 21 of their last 28 meetings. The Orioles (56-51) have already registered their most wins in the last five years.
Austin Voth (2-1) conceded three runs for six hits in just five innings for Baltimore, and Bullen got the final 12 outs.
JT Brubaker (2-10) conceded three runs and eight hits in four innings.
For the Pirates, Dominican Cruz scored a run and 4-1 with an RBI. Tucupita Marcano of Venezuela 4-0.
For the Orioles, Anthony Santander of Venezuela 5-1, Rogned Odor was dismissed 2-1 by two runs. Mexican Ramon Ureas scored 5-1 with one run. Dominican Jorge Mateo went 2-1 on two runs and scored one.