Beckham, Schoop fuel O's; Brach stifles rally

Britton trade to Yankees unfolds during Orioles' rain-delayed win

July 25th, 2018

BALTIMORE -- and each homered and drove in three runs as the Orioles hung on for a 7-6 win over the Red Sox to even the series Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
As rumors swirled about closer Zach Britton's expected trade to the Yankees, the lefty was noticeably absent from the victory, which snaps a four-game skid to mark the Orioles' first win of the second half.
"If and when it happens, someone is going to get a special pitcher and a special young man," manager Buck Showalter said before the trade of Britton, who was the longest-tenured active Oriole, was made official just before midnight.
"You do what's best for the organization."
Schoop, who has now homered in four of five games, put the Orioles on the board with a two-run blast in the third inning off Red Sox starter . Since taking over the locker of best friend -- and ex-teammate -- Manny Machado at Camden Yards, Schoop has his first two multi-run homers.

After Boston took the lead in the top of the fifth -- when Yefry Ramirez surrendered back-to-back homers to and -- Beckham came through. The O's shortstop, back to his original position in Machado's stead, sent the seventh pitch he saw into left-center field to make it 4-3. He also added a sacrifice fly off reliever Joe Kelly with the bases loaded as part of a three-run sixth. Schoop also had an RBI single off Kelly, and added one of his own off .
Boston's J.D. Martinez homered twice, a two-run shot off in the eighth and a solo blast in the first off Ramirez. Still, the O's rookie held his own, facing Boston for a second time and recording his first big league win.

"Every time I go out there, I feel more and more comfortable," Ramirez said through an interpreter. "The experience really helps, the environment, my teammates. I'm really thankful for that."
Without Britton, Orioles righty was tasked to protect the lead in the ninth. Boston threatened with runners on first and second and one out, but Brach got a double play to secure his 11th save.

The Orioles dealt Britton to the Yankees for a trio of prospects -- pitchers , Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers.
"I'm definitely sad to be leaving," Britton said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to win some games again, but it's never going to be easy coming back here and playing against these guys especially." More >>

"I wasn't here for 2012 and 2013 when it first started, but 2014-16 there, and just these last five years I've been here, it's been a winning tradition. Unfortunately this year it didn't work the way we all had envisioned, but it definitely seems like the end of an era and seems like it's going to continue here for this next week. When all the cards fall, we'll see where we are at Tuesday next week and just go from there." -- Brach, on the Orioles' roster leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline
Orioles righty will get the ball opposite Red Sox lefty in Wednesday night's rubber match of this three-game series. Bundy struggled in his three previous starts, allowing 15 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings and raising his ERA from 3.75 to 4.57. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. ET.