SAN FRANCISCO - The Orioles and Giants have exchanged victories in the first two games of this weekend series. The Orioles won 3-2 Friday and were held to five hits in last night's 4-0 loss.
Former O's right-hander Alex Cobb went 7 2/3 innings, allowing five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts on 103 pitches. He is now 5-2 with a 2.71 ERA.
This was the second-longest outing of the year for Cobb, who has a 1.43 ERA at Oracle Park, the fourth-lowest home ERA in the major leagues. In his last four starts versus the Orioles he is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA.
The Orioles have scored just three runs, going 9-for-61 in this series with three doubles and one home run. They have scored three runs or fewer in seven of the past nine games.
A loss today would give the Orioles three consecutive series losses for the first time this year. They are 3-5 the last eight games and 10-9 over their past 19. They are 19-10 on the road and 11-5 in their past 16 away from Oriole Park.
Losing pitcher Kyle Bradish gave up seven hits and three runs over four innings. The loss Saturday was his first outside of the American League East. He now has a 2.28 ERA in non-division games.
San Francisco (29-29) snapped a three-game losing skid in returning to the .500 mark. The Giants have won 12 of 18 games since May 15, outscoring their opposition 90-57 in that span.
San Francisco improved to 15-8 at home since April 22, the fifth-best home record in the majors in that stretch. The win was the Giants' fifth shutout of the year and the O's fifth time being blanked, all since May 3.
Right-hander Tyler Wells (5-2, 3.29 ERA) gets the start for Baltimore today. He has thrown 63 innings on the year, allowing 40 hits and 0.825 WHIP. Wells is more likely to give up a homer - yielding 13 on the year - than a walk, as he has issued just 12. His walk rate is 1.7 and his home run rate is 1.9 per nine innings.
The team is 6-4 in his starts and he gave up just four hits and one run in six innings Monday against Cleveland.
Wells is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two interleague starts this year, versus the Braves and Pirates. For his career, he is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 10 career interleague games with four starts.
Righty Anthony DeSclafani (4-4, 3.48 ERA) takes the ball for the home team. Over 67 1/3 innings for the season he has allowed 1.054 WHIP and posted a strong 1.2 walk rate and 6.5 strikeout rate. Eight times in 11 starts he has walked one or fewer, and three times he has walked a season-high two batters. In six home starts he is 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA.
He has a big split difference, allowing lefty batters a .319 batting average and .789 OPS while right-handers hit just .184/.549 against him.