Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Guardians

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Baltimore Orioles
97-59, 52-29 Away
5 - 1
Cleveland Guardians
74-83, 41-38 Home

Gibson, Rutschman move Orioles closer to AL East title with 5-1 win over Guardians

Baltimore has a 2 1/2-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay in the division and reduced its magic number to three. Baltimore has six games remaining and holds the tiebreaker over the Rays.

Gibson (15-9) allowed one run and five hits while striking out four. The right-hander was pulled after a leadoff double in the eighth.

“Any time you inch closer you’re getting excited,” he said. “This is a team that’s really looking forward to it and if we take care of our business it will be a whole lot of fun here.”

The Orioles completed a stretch of playing a game in 17 straight days and went 4-3 on a trip to Houston and Cleveland.

“Just excited about how our club is playing,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re fun to watch. Everyone in the clubhouse is extremely loose."

Rutschman doubled twice, drove in a run and drew two walks for Baltimore. He lined out to left field in the eighth.

The Guardians' Triston McKenzie, activated from the 60-day injured list before the game, issued a career-high six walks in 1 2/3 innings.

The right-hander, making his third start of the season because of elbow and shoulder injuries, threw 19 strikes in his 52 pitches and was pulled with the bases loaded in the second. He allowed three runs and didn’t strike out a batter.

McKenzie didn't attribute the poor outing to his injuries.

“I felt good,” he said. “I still feel good now in terms of a health standpoint. I’m just really unhappy with how the outing itself went. I don’t think I commanded the zone with my off-speed as well as I should have, and the fastball just obviously wasn’t in the zone as much as I would like.”

McKenzie was 11-11 with a 2.96 ERA last season, but strained his shoulder in his last start of spring training and was sidelined until June 4. McKenzie returned to the injured list after two starts because of an elbow sprain.

“It was a challenge from the very beginning, whether it’s release point, his head getting a little bit off kilter,” manager Terry Francona said. “He just wasn’t commanding anything and paid for it.”

McKenzie (0-2) was examined by several doctors following the elbow injury and the decision was made that he undergo a process of rest and rehab instead of considering surgery.

Jordan Westburg started Baltimore’s scoring with an RBI double in the second. Jorge Mateo followed with a run-scoring groundout and Anthony Santander drew a bases-loaded walk, ending McKenzie’s outing.

McKenzie walked one in a scoreless first, but walked five of the eight batters he faced in the second, including the last three.

Rutschman had an RBI double in the fourth and Cedric Mullins added a run-scoring single in the fifth.

José Ramírez had three hits for the Guardians. Cleveland won the first two games of the series in its last at-bat, including a 9-8 walk-off victory Friday. John Means took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in Baltimore’s 2-1 win.


The Orioles have wrapped up their first postseason appearance since 2016 and will avoid a one-game playoff for the East title since they own the tiebreaker. Hyde was the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018 when they finished tied with Milwaukee in the NL Central.

“I’ve been in one 163 (game of the regular season) and it’s a nervous wreck,” he said. “It’s the Super Bowl. Because we’ve won tiebreakers, I like the rule this year.”

The Cubs lost to the Brewers and then dropped the wild-card game to Colorado.


The Guardians host Cincinnati on Tuesday and Wednesday in their last two games of the home season. It also will be Francona’s last series as Cleveland’s manager at Progressive Field.


Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle (left AC joint inflammation) worked out at first base before the game.

Guardians: Rookie C Bo Naylor (bruised right thumb) was out of the lineup for the second straight game. He was injured blocking a pitch in the dirt Friday. … SS Gabriel Arias (right wrist) was out after being hit by a pitch Saturday.


Orioles: Baltimore ends the regular season with a six-game homestand against Washington and Boston. RHP Kyle Bradish (11-7, 3.01 ERA) will start Tuesday night versus the Nationals.

Guardians: RHP Lucas Giolito (8-14, 4.60 ERA) will start Tuesday night against Cincinnati.

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Matchup Prediction

Guardians: 52.9%
Orioles: 47.1%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Scoring Summary

9th Inning Laureano struck out looking.
9th Inning Calhoun grounded out to first.
9th Inning J. Naylor popped out to shortstop.
9th Inning Hall relieved Coulombe
9th Inning McKenna in right field.
9th Inning Hicks struck out swinging.

1 Games Played 1
1 Team Games Played 1
0 Hit By Pitch 1
10 Ground Balls 12
8 Strikeouts 6
5 Runs Batted In 1
0 Sacrifice Hit 0
7 Hits 5
1 Stolen Bases 0
8 Walks 1
0 Catcher Interference 0
5 Runs 1
0 Ground Into Double Play 1
0 Sacrifice Flies 0
33 At Bats 30
0 Home Runs 0
0 Grand Slam Home Runs 0
18 Runners Left On Base 12
0 Triples 0
1 Game Winning RBIs 0
0 Intentional Walks 0
4 Doubles 2
15 Fly Balls 12
1 Caught Stealing 1
176 Pitches 125
0 Games Started 0
1 Pinch At Bats 1
1 Pinch Hits 0
0.0 Player Rating 0.0
1 Is Qualified 1
1 Is Qualified In Steals 1
11 Total Bases 7
41 Plate Appearances 32
0.0 Projected Home Runs 0.0
4 Extra Base Hits 2
4.7 Runs Created 0.6
.212 Batting Average .167
1.000 Pinch Hit Average .000
.333 Slugging Percentage .233
.364 Secondary Average .067
.366 On Base Percentage .219
.699 OBP Pct + SLG Pct .452
0.7 Ground To Fly Ball Ratio 1.0
4.7 Runs Created Per 27 Outs 0.6
36.0 Batter Rating 13.0
0.0 At Bats Per Home Run 0.0
0.50 Stolen Base Percentage 0.00
4.29 Pitches Per Plate Appearance 3.91
.121 Isolated Power .067
1.00 Walk To Strikeout Ratio 0.17
.195 Walks Per Plate Appearance .031
.152 Secondary Average Minus Batting Average -.100
10.0 Runs Produced 2.0
1.0 Runs Ratio 1.0
0.5 Patience Ratio 0.3
0.3 Balls In Play Average 0.2
80.5 MLB Rating 65.5
0.0 Offensive Wins Above Replacement 0.0
0.0 Wins Above Replacement 0.0

Game Information

Progressive Field

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,287 | Capacity: 34,788

2023 American League East Standings

Baltimore 101 61 .623 - L1
Tampa Bay 99 63 .611 2 W2
Toronto 89 73 .549 12 L2
New York 82 80 .506 19 L1
Boston 78 84 .481 23 W1

2023 American League Central Standings

Minnesota 87 75 .537 - L1
Detroit 78 84 .481 9 W2
Cleveland 76 86 .469 11 L2
Chicago 61 101 .377 26 L3
Kansas City 56 106 .346 31 W1
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