Mullins 2-run single in 4-run 9th lifts O’s over Reds 6-2

Jul 29, 2022, 7:52 AM | Updated: 8:52 pm
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez (48) celebrates with catcher Adley Rutschman after the...

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez (48) celebrates with catcher Adley Rutschman after the team's win over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game Friday, July 29, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cedric Mullins hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in a four-run ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the payroll-cutting Cincinnati Reds 6-2 Friday night to move two games over .500 for the first time since April 2021.

Baltimore had not been two games over since it was 4-2 last year. The Orioles, 37-25 following a 14-24 start, are two games over after the All-Star break for the first time since September 2017. Baltimore is 16-7 in July, assured of consecutive winning months for the first times since May and June 2016.

“Minor gave us fits. We didn’t have good at bats the first six innings,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It starts with a walk. We’re down 2-0. Kyle goes five and they don’t score the rest of the game. Our bullpen has been great a keeping the score where it is.”

Ramón Urías walked against Buck Farmer (0-1) leading off the ninth, Rougned Oder doubled and Mullins grounded a first-pitch changeup up the middle and into center field for a 4-2 lead.

Trey Mancini followed with a potential double-play grounder only for the ball to hit second base and bound over the glove of second baseman Jonathan India for an RBI single. Ryan Mountcastle followed with a sacrifice fly.

Dauri Moreta hit Anthony Santander, who had three hits, with a pitch in the ninth. Santander took a few steps toward the moind and stared as benches and bullpens cleared. But order was quickly restored.

Santander thought Moreta was upset Santander called time late.

“I wasn’t really taking a step forward,” Santander said through an interpreter. “I just wanted to let him know it was unintentional and let him know how I felt. Sometimes pitchers take offense to calling time so close to the pitch being thrown. I get it. They might get hurt, but at the same time you can’t be throwing a pitch so inside.”

Dillon Tate (2-3) kept the score tied in the seventh. With two on and two outs, a first-pitch slider to Brandon Drury skipped away from Adley Rutschman as Michael Papierski scooted from second to third, where umpire Dan Bellino said he beat the throw from the rookie catcher and got around the tag from Urías. However, the Orioles challenged the call and Papierski was called out on a video review.

Joey Votto hit two-run homer in the first off Kyle Bradish, who made his first start since June 18 after a stint on the injured list caused by right shoulder inflammation. Bradish struck out seven in five innings, allowing five hits.

“It felt great. I was just waiting to get activated,” Bradish said. “I was pretty pleased with it. I didn’t give up a lot of hard contact. Even the home run wasn’t really a barrel. It was an executed pitch but he just got some wood on it.”

Santander hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his 18th this season and the 15th allowed by Mike Minor in 10 starts. Minor gave up four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Baltimore has 23 comeback wins.

“We really support each other,” Santander said. “This is a team that never really gives up.”


After the game, Cincinnati traded All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo to Seattle for four prospects: infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore. A day earlier, the rebuilding Reds dealt outfielder Tyler Naquin and lefty reliever Phillip Diehl to the New York Mets for two teenage minor leaguers.


Orioles: Bradish made two starts with Double-A Bowie and one for Triple-A Norfolk. He had been scheduled to make another for Norfolk, but was activated because of an injury to RHP Tyler Wells (lower back discomfort). Wells was placed on the 15-day IL.

Reds: OF Jake Fraley was reinstated from the 15-day IL. He had been out since May 1 with right knee inflamation and a left big toe bone bruise. … LHP Ross Detwiler (lower back pain) was reinstated from the injured list. … RHP Hunter Strickland was placed on the bereavement list.


RHP Dean Kremer (3-2, 3.06) is scheduled to start for the Orioles on Saturday. He lost his last start against the Yankees. Kremer has never faced the Reds. RHP Tyler Mahle (4-7, 4.48) is slated to start for the Reds.


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