ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cedric Mullins and Tyler Nevin each homered and Kyle Bradish struck out 11 over seven strong innings, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
“This atmosphere, playing against good team like that, wins like this are fun,” Nevin said. “I’m glad we came out with the ‘W.’ We’re playing well right now. The bats are starting to click. We’re feeding off each other, for sure.”
Mullins also added three singles and a stolen base in a 4-for-5 night and Anthony Santander had three hits, including a RBI double.
It was the Orioles’ first time playing at the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.
“I talked to my dad (former player Phil Nevin) and he said this was one of his favorite places to play,” Nevin said. “It was a game I was looking forward to.”
But the Cardinals were the ones to have a historic moment when Harrison Bader hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth — the first for St. Louis at the current Busch Stadium and first for the Cardinals at home since 1985. The ball hit the wall in center and caromed toward left field away Mullins. Bader raced around the bases behind Yadier Molina, who had doubled, and scored standing up without a throw.
Fernando Vina was the last Cardinal to hit an inside-the-park HR, Oct. 2, 2001, in Milwaukee. There’ve been two other inside-the-parkers in the current Busch Stadium by opposing teams. The last Cardinal to do it at home was Vince Coleman on May 21, 1985, at Busch Stadium II.
Bradish (1-1) pitched seven innings for his longest outing this season and his first career win.
He impressed his boss, Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde, who said Bradish “had a great slider tonight. He had a really good stuff against a great lineup. He showed some toughness.”