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Harvey picks up first win as Orioles hold on against Marlins; Mancini and Galvis homer

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Orioles starter Matt Harvey has been his own worst critic. He wants to go deeper into games and help preserve the bullpen.

Nonetheless, Harvey has put the Orioles in position to win in each of his four starts.

Harvey (1-0) had another workmanlike performance and allowed three runs in five innings in a 7-5 victory in the series opener against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. It was Harvey’s first win since July 13, 2019.

Trey Mancini and Freddy Galvis hit solo home runs, and Rio Ruiz had a two-run double in the first to lead the offense.

“It’s been a while, I can’t remember the last one I had,” Harvey said about the long-awaited victory. “With how last year went — obviously not pitching very well — and getting a chance to come here and play, it means a lot.

“To be honest, I didn’t know if it was ever going to happen again. I think with how I was throwing the ball in spring training and in the last couple of outings, there was some hope that it was coming back. It’s a good feeling. There’s been a lot of hard work put in and it means a lot to get the first one out of the way.”

Rightfielder Anthony Santander had to leave the game in the first inning after rolling his left ankle trying to get back to first base on a pickoff attempt. He had to be helped off the field by manager Brandon Hyde and athletic trainer Brian Ebel.

The Orioles said Santander sprained the ankle, and Hyde confirmed X-rays were negative for a fracture. Santander is expected to have an MRI, and his status is uncertain.

“It was terrible, especially seeing him have to be helped off the field,” Mancini said. “I hope he’s OK and back soon. We all love Anthony so much. He’s the best guy and he’s an amazing player, too, so for many reasons we want him out there every day.”

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Austin Hays, who returned from the injured list before the game, replaced Santander and made an impact in the bottom of the first. It came after the Orioles loaded the bases in the top of the inning and took a 3-0 lead on a fielder’s choice by Maikel Franco and a two-run double by Ruiz off Miami starter Nick Neidert.

In the bottom half, Hays fell against the wall on his first outfield play on a hard-hit ball by Miguel Rojas, who wound up on third base and scored on a two-out single by Adam Duvall. Hays then saved a run with a leaping catch against the wall that ended the inning.

Mancini and Galvis increased the margin to 5-1 with solo homers in the third.

The Oriole bats stayed hot, and an opposite-field double by DJ Stewart extended the lead to 6-1 in the fourth.

Harvey ran into a jam in the fifth, allowing a fielder’s choice and an RBI single to Brian Anderson that cut the margin to 6-3. Hyde allowed Harvey to finish the inning.

“It was a gutty performance,” Hyde said about Harvey. “Five innings. He hit traffic in four of them. He pitched out of innings well. I didn’t think his fastball command was as good as it had been. But he made pitches when he needed to.”

Shawn Armstrong took over for Harvey and allowed the first three batters to reach on a single and two walks, ending his night on 18 pitches.

Adam Plutko limited the damage by giving up an RBI single to Miguel Rojas, who had four hits, and a sacrifice fly to Jesús Aguilar that pulled the Marlins to within 6-5. Both runs were charged to Armstrong, whose ERA is 18.00.

Those were the first earned runs the Orioles’ bullpen allowed since the first game of a doubleheader against Seattle on April 15th — a span of five games.

Galvis gave the Orioles some breathing room with an RBI single in the eighth that scored Ruiz, who led off with his second double. Galvis went 2-for-3 and has nine hits in his last 17 at-bats, with three doubles, a triple, two homers and three RBIs.

Tanner Scott and Paul Fry blanked the Marlins in the seventh and eighth. César Valdez got the final four outs to earn his fourth save.

“It wasn’t our best game, but we won,” Hyde said.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    April 21, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Curious who the last bull pen runs were charged to, Armstrong is really struggling, hope Santander is ok, may help him to take a couple days off…go O’s…

  2. Orioles20

    April 21, 2021 at 8:06 am

    A shame what happened to tony as he seemed to be getting going.I would assume he’s going to go on the IL. Looked bad. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked. I would assume McKenna maybe back up if he has to go on the IL. Maybe we’ll get a look at Diaz. Stewart seems as if he is starting to figure it out. Have to see him do it against better pitching then what the rangers and marlins are running out there. Armstrong had some close pitches that he didn’t get the call on. I think part of the problem when the pitchers get squeezed on this team is how the catcher is catching it. Sisco and Severino are not the best at framing and stealing strikes.

    • CalsPals

      April 21, 2021 at 9:10 am

      Would agree on getting squeezed, McDonald said you won’t get those boarder line calls when you’re not throwing strikes, would tend to agree with him…Armstrong honestly looks like he’s never been there before, that’s what’s confusing…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      April 21, 2021 at 9:11 am

      Borderline, damn spellcheck, lol…go O’s…

    • Shamus

      April 21, 2021 at 9:15 am

      I agree with you about our catchers. I also thought Harvey looked pretty good considering he wasn’t getting a whole lot of support from our infield. The process continues.

  3. Hallbe62

    April 21, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Echoing others….. Armstrong should be on Hyde’s & Elias’s mind. A lot lately.

  4. Icterus fan

    April 21, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Ankle issues can really linger on. Taking a look at Yusniel is intriguing but where do Mountcastle and Stewart go?
    Constantly moving puzzle pieces around.

    I think Harvey is as advertised. He’s a competitor and has roughly kept us in games. Would be nice to get six (gasp) innings out of him, but his movement and velocity has been good.

  5. Triandos 11

    April 21, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Hoping Santander back soon. Hays is picking right up where he left off and Mancini getting back to form slowly but surely. Congrats to Harvey and hope he can keep it going albeit he is not mowing people down. He is however hitting his spots and keeping the ball down with good movement. I don’t hear anything on Plutko from anyone but he is pitching well and to me looks like starter material.An error and a groundball single blemished his performance last nite but if you are paying attention he is pitching great.Orioles seem to hit good against unstable or unproven arms on some of the weaker teams and that is how it should go against them.Hope they are getting in the groove and can continue to win. Galvis seems to drive in a run then give it back with his misfielding in some of the games so far. Should have gotten to that one ball that cost a run. My opinion anyway.

    • CalsPals

      April 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Tri11, totally agree on Galvis, even McDonald said he thought he should’ve gotten to that one, almost like to see Martin up getting a shot, but would it help, maybe trade off for “better” defense vs probably better (hotter) offense…go O’s…

  6. Orial

    April 21, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Armstrong was solid last year. New pitching coach(Holt) new results? I don’t know. Betwwen Santander,Hays,Stewart I have a feeling we’ll see lots of McKenna this year. Hyde is sure playing with fire putting this defense in the IF –so far no major damage done though. Message to O’s–keep racking up these wins because the much dreaded homestand is looming.

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