Zac Lowther pitched the game of his career Thursday night. Despite coming into the game with an ERA above seven, Lowther was able to keep the Ranger hitters guessing all night, Lowther allowed just three hits and two walks over five innings. Three runs on seven hits are all the Oriole offense put out but it’s all the pitching staff needed.
Richie Martin drove home Ryan Mckenna on a sacrifice in the bottom of the 4th inning to put the Orioles on the board. Ryan Mountcastle continued his historic rookie campaign by hitting his 31st home run of the year to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead. Austin Hays hit his 22nd home run in the 8th inning to give the Orioles some insurance and a 3-0 lead. The Orioles would win by that score shutting out the Rangers.
Zac Lowther gets the win, improving his record to 1-2 for his first win of the year and Glenn Otto takes the loss for the Rangers as he drops to 0-3 on the season. Tyler Wells picks up the save, his 4th.
With the Orioles win and Diamondbacks win, both teams sit at 49-104 and are tied for the first pick in the 2022 MLB draft. Arizona and Baltimore are the only two teams left fighting for the number one pick in the draft.
Friday night, Baltimore and Texas square off again in Baltimore for game two of a four-game set.