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Orioles storm back, erase pair of 6-run deficits to beat Red Sox, 12-8

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Orioles storm back, erase pair of 6-run deficits to beat Red Sox, 12-8

For all the platitudes the Orioles give about their mentality — how they never give up — Friday night at Fenway Park was real, tangible evidence to support those statements.

The Orioles trailed 6-0 after the second inning and 8-2 after the sixth inning. The Red Sox had jumped all over right-hander Kyle Bradish, scoring four runs before he had recorded an out. But as the evening grew later and Baltimore continued to hang around, simply hanging around turned into a whole lot more.

There was Anthony Santander’s blast to right field, the first breakthrough. Then came Jorge Mateo’s three-run shot, and Austin Hays’ two-run blast, and a Rafael Devers throwing error that scored Rougned Odor. In those fits and spurts, the Orioles turned a potential blowout into a barnburner, with the go-ahead run — and then some — crossing in the ninth.

It looked so improbable earlier. But if there’s anything the Orioles (19-27) have made a habit of, it’s this: Every game is an adventure, be it good or bad, and Friday it took the form of the former. The 12-8 win came in large part because of the bullpen’s ability to cover for Bradish, allowing just two runs after his departure.

But it also featured the steady rise of an offense chipping away at a deficit before it blew the gates down in the ninth with four runs. The first four batters reached safely, and Santander’s single into right scored the first of those runs.

A wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and Odor’s RBI single — part of a career-high 11-game hitting streak — did the rest of the damage.

It was a case study in what the Orioles have so often stated shortly into the 2022 season. The win-loss record shows a losing ballclub. At times, the play reinforces that. But at other turns, there’s a hint of something else — an aversion to quitting that came out in force at Fenway Park.

An early exit

Bradish was an out away from righting the ship, escaping the second inning without any further damage. But then came a single, and a walk, and a hit batter, and it all unraveled in a heartbeat.

Alex Verdugo plated two of those runners with a ground-rule double, and Bradish made the slow walk to the visitor’s dugout with his head low and his ERA high. There have been speed bumps along the path thus far — that’s the reality for a starting pitcher in his first season in the majors — but none have been more jarring than this.

The right-hander wound up conceding more runs than he managed outs, with Boston scoring six in 1 2/3 innings, taxing a bullpen at the beginning of a five-game, four-day series.

The need for six relievers to cover the final 6 1/3 innings could have repercussions later in the weekend, especially when a bullpen game could be in order Saturday during a doubleheader. In the short term, however, it was a reminder that the process for top prospects adapting to the big leagues isn’t always smooth.

Bradish has largely impressed across six starts. He lasted six innings in his debut, allowing three runs. He struck out 11 batters earlier this month against St. Louis. But in Bradish’s three most recent outings, the outcomes have been rockier, with a combined 15 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.

A much-needed hit

In the games since Mateo took a full-on hit from Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson and exited the game early May 15, the shortstop hasn’t looked like himself.

Once he returned from the shoulder and chest contusion he suffered in the collision from a linebacker-sized baseball player, he embarked on a stretch that featured two hits in 30 at-bats, including his first two attempts Friday. Hyde said there were no lingering side-effects from that hit. Instead, he might have been pressing.

“I just see him trying a little bit too hard at the plate,” Hyde said pregame. “He’s come up in some big spots and wants to come through so badly. The work has been awesome, his preparation is great, the process is good. He’s just trying a little bit too hard in the game right now.”

So in Mateo strode with two runners on in the seventh inning, another big spot as the Orioles looked to climb back into the game. And on a slider from left-hander Jake Diekman left over the outer third of the plate, Mateo crushed a three-run homer over the Green Monster.

It’s just one knock, bringing him to an overall 3-for-35 mark since May 13. But perhaps seeing one of those at-bats in a big moment go his way can turn the tide.

Around the horn

>> Hyde said right-hander Jordan Lyles will start one of the two games Saturday — likely the first one — and a spot starter will appear for the other game. Whether that spot starter comes from the taxi squad is possible, Hyde said.

>> The Orioles added right-handers Denyi Reyes and Cody Sedlock and catcher Cody Roberts to the taxi squad in Boston. Either Reyes or Sedlock could feature Saturday, giving some length in what will likely be a bullpen game.

>> Triple-A Norfolk infielder Jahmai Jones underwent successful Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery Monday in Cincinnati. Hyde ruled Jones out for the remainder of the 2022 season and presumed the prospect could miss part of 2023, too, although the recovery process for a position player compared with a pitcher is less rigorous.

>> Former Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday and introduced to the crowd Friday, commemorating Duquette for eight years as Boston’s general manager. He assembled much of the team that went on to win the 2004 World Series after his departure.

This article will be updated.

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Minnesota United gives away late lead in Miami

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For so much of the second half, Minnesota looked comfortable and ready to take a much-needed victory.

Shockingly, Inter Miami, the second-worst goal-scoring team in MLS notched two goals in the final three minutes to flip the script and take a 2-1 victory in the first MLS meeting between the two teams.

“[We] put ourselves in a great spot,” manager Adrian Heath said. “Put ourselves in a really good position. We’re not doing enough, it doesn’t look as though it’s enough to concede goals and lose games.”

Inter Miami forward Indiana Vassilev only made it into the game as a late-game bench substitution, but he made the most of his opportunity scoring in the 87th and 90th minute to give his team a victory, surpassing Minnesota’s one-goal lead it held since the 65th minute.

The Loons’ defense had kept Minnesota in the game for each chance Inter Miami had for the first 86 minutes, but the team couldn’t get the stops near the end to come up with the victory.

“At those times of the game, you need to do whatever you can to just beat your man,” Loons defender Michael Boxall said.

Minnesota’s victory looked nearly locked up as the Loons held the 1-0 difference into the final five minutes of the game. That goal followed a resilient start to the second half after many chances weren’t finished.

The Minnesota goal scorer was Luis Amarilla, who put the ball past the Inter Miami goalkeeper in tight in the 65th minute. It was his first goal in MLS play since March 19.

Amarilla was in such a position to score the goal so close to the keeper because of an acrobatic one-touch centering pass from Franco Fragapane. The play all began from Emmanuel Reynoso getting the ball on the right side of the attacking zone. He cut towards the middle and sent a lofting kick that found the airborne Fragapane for his assist.

While Minnesota finally found the back of the net in the back half of the game, there was no shortage of missed opportunities earlier in the contest.

“We’re not good enough at one end, and we’re not good enough at the other, and that’s not a good recipe,” Heath said. “We’ve got to get more and more determination to get on the things in the box and we’ve certainly got to defend the goal better.”

By the end of the game, Inter Miami had eight shots on target, while Minnesota had just one, the Amarilla goal.

The loss marks the first since Minnesota announced Heath’s two-year contract extension through 2024 on Thursday. The defeat also adds to a 1-6-1 stretch over the Loons’ last eight games, including Saturday night.

Heath said on Wednesday that the goal was to come away with four points in this road trip at Inter Miami on Saturday and on Wednesday at L.A. Galaxy. With the loss to Inter Miami, that goal is no longer possible.

The Loons must keep looking forward to get back on track and into playoff contention. After the loss on Saturday, Minnesota sits 11th in the Western Conference Standings, five points outside of the seventh spot, the cutoff for the playoffs.

“The good thing is that it’s a quick turnaround,” Boxall said. “Not quite looking ahead to L.A. just yet, we still need to process this game and figure out what we need to address, because that should be three points we’re taking home tonight.”

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Twins record second shutout in three days in win over Rockies

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Twins record second shutout in three days in win over Rockies

Puffy white clouds filled the blue skies above Target Field and sunlight bounced off buildings that make up the Minneapolis skyline. It was the kind of summer night at the ballpark that Minnesotans dream about throughout the long winter months.

It was the perfect night at Target Field and the hometown team, well, they were nearly perfect, too. Twins pitchers gave up just one hit (and five walks), and the team captured a first-inning lead on its way to a 6-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night at Target Field.

A day after getting shut out for the 10th time this season, tying the league lead, Luis Arraez and Byron Buxton made sure early on that the Twins wouldn’t suffer the same fate. Arraez snapped an 0-for-11 stretch to begin the game and Buxton, back in the lineup for the first time since Tuesday, followed that up with his first triple since 2019.

After missing time this week after his knee flared up, Buxton turned on the burners, with a sprint speed of 29.3 feet/second (30 ft/sec is elite) on the triple, losing his helmet along the way. When he reached the base, he pounded his chest a couple times, smacked his hands together and let out a roar.

While the Twins left Buxton on third, they added on throughout the game, tacking on a run in the second on Arraez’s second hit of the game, two more in the fifth and two more in the seventh.

Alex Kirilloff drove in three of those runs, one on a sacrifice fly and the other on a double off the right field wall, bringing home Max Kepler — who walked three times in the game — and Kyle Garlick. The double was his fourth in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A.

All that offense came in support of Chris Archer, who worked five innings and allowed just one hit — a single to former Twin C.J. Cron in the second inning — and a walk in his outing.  Archer pitched out of that second-inning jam, retiring the next three batters in a row, the first of 12 straight that he sent down to conclude his start.

His start was followed by a scoreless inning each from Jharel Cotton and Griffin Jax and two from Tyler Thornburg. Twins pitchers have now thrown two shutouts in their past three games, and in Friday’s loss, they gave up just one run.

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A Pride timeline: Gay rights in Minnesota from 1858-2022

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A Pride timeline: Gay rights in Minnesota from 1858-2022

1858: Joseph Israel Lobdell, born Lucy Lobdell, is arrested for “impersonating a man.” A judge in the rural camp community of Forest City, Minn., sided with Lobdell, ruling that he did not act unlawfully.

1877: Minneapolis rules crossdressing as illegal, putting gender-nonconforming Minnesotans at risk for imprisonment.

1969: The Stonewall riots begin in New York City after police raids occur in the gay-friendly bars and community spaces of Lower Manhattan. These riots serve as a public turning point in American LGBTQ+ history.

May 18, 1969: University of Minnesota alumni found Fight Repression of Erotic Expression, or FREE, the first LGBTQ+ rights organization in the state. Founders Jack Baker and Michael McConnell become the first same-sex couple in the nation to apply for a marriage license, an application that is rejected by Hennepin County. Their legal case is dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court in one sentence.

1972: The first Twin Cities Pride celebration is held in Minneapolis’ Loring Park.

Dec. 9, 1972: Minnesota state Sen. Allan Henry Spear indicates he is gay in an interview with the Minneapolis Star, making him the first openly gay state legislator in the United States.

June 1982: Bruce Brockway becomes the first documented recipient of an HIV diagnosis in Minnesota. After his diagnosis, he founded the Minnesota AIDS Project to provide resources to HIV-positive Minnesotans.

1993: Gender- and sexuality-based discrimination is outlawed in Minnesota, making it the first state in the nation to adopt the policy.

1997: Sicaŋgu Lakota man Nicholas Metcalf and his partner, Korean-American Edd Lee, found the Minnesota Men of Color, an organization that focuses on the well-being of men, women and gender-nonconforming people of color.

2012: Amendment 1, which limits marriage rights to only heterosexual couples, is rejected by the majority of Minnesota voters. Same-sex marriage is legalized in the state.

June 2015: The U.S. Supreme Court releases a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges finding that same-sex marriage cannot be banned in any state and must be recognized nationally. Gay marriage is legalized.

June 25-26, 2022: After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, the Twin Cities Pride parade and festival returns to Minneapolis.

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