The Orioles will try for back-to-back series sweeps this afternoon as they play their final game against the Pirates at Camden Yards.
They’ve won five games in a row, are five above .500 and are one back in the wild card race. They also trail the third-place Rays by one game.
Austin Hays is out of the lineup again with tightness in his side, though he’s avoided the injured list.
Terrin Vavra, who’s 7-for-15 during a five-game hitting streak, moves up to third in the order and starts at second base. Rougned Odor has moved to third base as an extra left-handed bat.
Anthony Santander extended his hitting streak to 16 games last night, batting .354/.408/.646 (23-for-65) with seven doubles, four home runs, 13 RBIs and 10 runs.
Adley Rutschman is the designated hitter. He’s drawn seven walks in his last three games, the most by an Orioles player in a single-season, three-game span since Manny Machado from May 24-26, 2016.
Brett Phillips has an extra-base hit in back-to-back games after tallying one in his last 45 with the Rays. He’s in left field.
The Orioles have won 14 of their last 17 games at home. They’ve allowed three runs or fewer in six straight games, tied for their longest streak of the season.
They have at least nine hits in five consecutive games, their longest streak since April 2019.
Spenser Watkins has a 3.80 ERA in 14 starts. He’s allowed one run or fewer in five of his six since rejoining the club.
Pirates right-hander Bryse Wilson, the Braves’ fourth-round draft pick in 2016, is 1-6 with a 6.20 ERA and 1.574 ERA in 14 games (11 starts). He’s allowed 78 hits in 61 innings.
Wilson has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, though he lasted only 3 1/3 innings in Colorado. His ERA was 8.29 after his only June appearance.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman DH
Terrin Vavra 2B
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Rougned Odor 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Brett Phillips LF
Robinson Chirinos C
Spenser Watkins RHP