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Diamondbacks’ Marte homers in loss to Orioles, Thomas injury update

May 10, 2024, 7:08 PM

Ketel Marte...

Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #12 after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 10, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore starter Cole Irvin pitched into the sixth inning in another effective start, and a reshuffled bullpen held on for the Orioles in a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Arizona’s four-game winning streak was halted. The AL East-leading Orioles have won six of seven.

Struggling reliever Craig Kimbrel was taken out of the closer’s role for this game, but he worked a perfect seventh inning. Jacob Webb retired two batters in the eighth, but then walked a batter. Cionel Pérez came on and hit pinch-hitter Joc Pederson with a pitch before Eugenio Suárez hit a routine grounder to end the threat.

Yennier Cano then pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth for his second save.

Irvin (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 5.2 innings. That snapped a streak of three straight scoreless starts for him, but it was another solid outing for a left-hander who struggled last year after the Orioles acquired him from Oakland. He struck out six with one walk.

Ketel Marte snapped Irvin’s scoreless stretch with a solo homer in the third inning for Arizona, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

D-backs starter Brandon Pfaadt (1-3) allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in six innings. It was the longest outing by a pitcher this season with no strikeouts — nobody else has thrown more than five.

The Orioles opened the scoring with two runs in the second, shortly after new owner David Rubenstein took over the role of spraying fans in left field in the “Splash Zone” at Camden Yards. Jordan Westburg doubled home a run and Cedric Mullins added an RBI grounder.

Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI single made it 3-1 in the fifth, but the Diamondbacks answered when Suárez hit an RBI single in the sixth.

The Orioles went back ahead by two when Gunnar Henderson doubled in a run in the seventh.

Kimbrel had allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings in his previous five outings. In that span, he blew two saves and twice was removed while still trying to complete a save. He allowed a sharp lineout Friday, then retired the next two hitters on a strikeout and a flyout.

Diamondbacks’ Alek Thomas injury update

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said outfielder Alek Thomas (left hamstring) is getting a second and third opinion on his latest MRI. Thomas was pulled from his rehab for further medical examination.

Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (left shoulder strain) began a throwing program out to 45 feet Friday.

Pederson left the game holding his right arm after being hit by the pitch in the eighth.

Diamondbacks’ next game

The Orioles send southpaw John Means (1-0) to the mound Saturday against Arizona’s Ryne Nelson (2-2). Means went seven scoreless innings against Cincinnati last week in his season debut, returning from a forearm injury.

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. on 98.7 and the Arizona Sports app. 

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