Jordan Lyles pitches complete game, rookies shine to help Orioles avoid sweep with 8-1 win over Tigers

For a brief moment during the eighth inning, left-hander Cionel Pérez stood up in the Orioles’ bullpen and began warming. He was an insurance policy, an option to turn to if right-hander Jordan Lyles ever wavered.

But as Lyles continued chewing through innings, Pérez soon sat back down, making the ninth inning Lyles’ responsibility. This is how Lyles envisions every start going, picking up his teammates by offering the bullpen a night off. It hasn’t happened as frequently as he’s wanted, though, with Lyles becoming just the second pitcher to throw a complete game during manager Brandon Hyde’s tenure, with the other left-hander John Means’ no-hitter in Seattle last year.

On the mound, it was the veteran who helped the Orioles avoid being swept by the Detroit Tigers. And at the plate, it was the Orioles’ crop of rookies who provided the run support in an 8-1 win Wednesday night.

Lyles mowed through the Tigers, throwing 72 of his 94 pitches for strikes, a 76.6% rate. The 31-year-old allowed just one run, a solo homer from right fielder Kerry Carpenter in the seventh inning, and gave up three hits with six strikeouts.

As Lyles neared his first complete game since he was a 21-year-old with the Houston Astros — and the first by an Orioles pitcher at Camden Yards since 2017 — the crowd got to its feet. He had impressive defense behind him, with right fielder Kyle Stowers making two diving plays in the ninth inning alone. But it was Lyles’ gem that gave a platform for the Orioles’ rookies to take the stage on offense.

The four rookies in Baltimore’s lineup provided the lion’s share of the runs, with a laser of a homer into the bullpen off the bat of Stowers the major blow. Stowers added an RBI single in the eighth, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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