The Baltimore Orioles have been on a bit of a roll lately, winning 7 of their last 10 games, and that has made it tough for the rest of the AL East to gain any ground. With the O’s winning once again on Monday, the teams that were playing in the East were simply fighting to hold their ground while the teams that were off automatically dropped a half game in the standings.
Baltimore Orioles 7, Washington Nationals 3
Kevin Gausman was solid for the Orioles, going 6.0 innings and allowing 3 runs. The relief corps was even better, with Brad Brach and Darren O’Day combining to shutout the Nats over the last 3 innings. O’Day has been phenomenal for the Orioles this season, throwing to a 1.08 ERA and a 51-11 K-BB ratio in 50.0 innings this year. As a whole the Orioles bullpen sits at 10th in the big leagues in ERA at 3.31, but the acquisition of Andrew Miller might make it even better.
On offense, Caleb Joseph led the way, going 2 for 3 with a homer, 3 RBIs, and a run scored. Joseph has been hot as of late, hitting safely in 7 of his last 9 games and batting .351 over that span. J.J. Hardy was also outstanding, going 4 for 4 with a pair of runs scored. It was a great day for the O’s, but that meant that the rest of the AL East was simply trying to hold their place in the standings.
New York Yankees 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Brandon McCarthy had a nice start for the Yanks, giving up just 1 unearned run over 5.2 innings while striking out 8. In wake of starter David Phelps hitting the DL with elbow inflamation, McCarthy’s importance to the Yankees only increases. The bullpen was even better, as a contingent of Matt Thornton, Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and David Robertson allowed just 1 hit over the next 3.1 innings.
The offense wasn’t great for the Yanks, but thanks to the pitching staff they didn’t need to be. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 3 with a sac fly and an RBI. Brett Gardner also had a nice night, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. In the end the Yankees managed to stay put in the standings.
Oakland Athletics 3, Tampa Bay Rays 2 (10 innings)
Grant Balfour took the loss in the 10th inning as the Rays lost to an A’s team that featured quite a few of their former teammates. Here is our full recap.
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays were off
After the day’s action here are the updated standings along with the schedule for today.
1. Baltimore (63-48) —
2. Toronto (60-53) 4.0 GB
3. New York Yankees (58-53) 5.0 GB
4. Tampa Bay (54-58) 9.5 GB
5. Boston (49-62) 14.0 GB
7:05 PM- Detroit Tigers (David Price) at New York Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda)
7:07 PM- Baltimore Orioles (Bud Norris) at Toronto Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle
8:15 PM- Boston Red Sox (Rubby De La Rosa) at St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn)
10:05 PM- Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly) at Oakland Athletics (Jason Hammel)