The Baltimore Orioles used a two run home run from Chris Davis as part of a three run fourth inning and used a solid outing from Kevin Gausman and mother nature to secure a 3-1 victory in a rain shortened five inning affair and a series win over the New York Yankees.
With Nelson Cruz on first after a good at bat to draw a walk to leadoff the bottom of the fourth, Davis looked like the Crush of last season as he took a low fastball to the opposite field with relatively ease and deposited it into the left field seats for a two run home run to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead.
JJ Hardy followed with a double and two batter later, Jonathan Schoop delivered a clutch two out RBI single to increase the Orioles lead to 3-1.
Then the weather reports became increasingly more correct as someone seemed to flip a switch as all of the sudden the temperature dropped about 10 degrees and the wind picked up drastically as a storm was approaching. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (4-2) did exactly what you want your pitcher to do after your offense has given you a lead, which is throw up a zero.
Gausman served his team well in tossing a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fifth because it also made the game an "official" game since the Orioles were leading, and wouldn't you know it, it ended up being the final full half inning of the game as the rain ultimately forced the decision to end the game, thus granting the Orioles a 3-1 victory.
Gausman allowed a solo home run to Brett Garnder to leadoff the game, but did not allow another run after that as he ended the game retiring the final seven batters he faced. He earned his fourth victory of the season while allowing one run on four hits, zero walks and striking out two. He threw 78 pitches, 47 of which were for strikes in his five inning complete game.
The game marked the first rain shortened game for the Orioles since May 6, 2009 against the Minnesota Twins, and the win put them at 52-42 with a four game lead in the AL East, which marks the first time since 1997 that Baltimore has been in first place in the AL East at the All Star Break.
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