BALTIMORE (AP) — Dean Kremer took a shutout into the seventh inning before eventually giving way to the Baltimore bullpen.
This season, that must be a pretty comfortable feeling.
“It’s been fun to watch them all season,” Kremer said. “They’ve got a little bit of everything. Anything you can think of, they got it. Except we don’t have any submarine guys. That’s about it.”
Kremer pitched impressively into the seventh and Félix Bautista held on through a dicey ninth to lift the Orioles to a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Ramón Urias singled home the game’s only run in the sixth after the Orioles squandered several chances earlier in the game. That was enough for a Baltimore team that has emerged as a surprising postseason contender recently.
Kremer (4-3) allowed four hits and struck out two. He escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the second when Cal Mitchell bounced into a double play. Then Kremer didn’t allow a baserunner for the next four innings.
After Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a one-out double in the seventh, Kremer turned the game over to the bullpen, which again came through for the Orioles. Cionel Pérez got five outs and Bautista pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
The Orioles traded closer Jorge López to Minnesota shortly before the deadline, but Bautista has been excellent this season and seems capable of filling the role. He allowed a one-out single by Ben Gamel and a nine-pitch walk by Hayes. Then rookie Oneil Cruz struck out swinging and Kevin Newman went down looking.
Mitch Keller (3-8) allowed a run and eight hits in six innings. He has a 1.74 ERA in his last five starts.
Baltimore went 2 for 15 with men in scoring position. The Orioles put the leadoff man on in each of the first four innings, and in three of them had a runner on…