Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 3 8132
Baltimore0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 x 9111
  W: M. Barreda (1-0)   L: J. Staumont (3-3)   S: T. Wells (2)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, September 8, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 4,965

Orioles turn to Matt Harvey vs. Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Seven years ago, Kansas City and Baltimore both led their divisions through Sept. 5. On the morning of Sept. 6, 2014, the Orioles led the AL East by 9.5 games (82--58); the Royals led the AL Central by a game-and-a-half (78--62). Kansas City swept Baltimore in the 2014 ALCS en route to a World Series loss to the Giants.
  2. The Royals haven't won a series at Camden Yards since 2014. Kansas City has been out-scored 99--60 while posting a 3--12 record at Baltimore since the 2015 season.
  3. For only the third time this season, the Orioles bullpen has earned victories in consecutive games. Baltimore had consecutive relief wins on June 2--4 and a three-game streak on June 28--30.
  4. Salvador Perez has driven in 20 runs in his last 10 games. The only other Royals players with at least 20 RBIs over a span of 10 games were Raul Ibanez in 2002 (23 RBIs) and George Brett in 1983 (20). Perez' previous best was 19 RBIs over 10 games last September.
  5. Cedric Mullins is the first Orioles player in 45 years with 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in the same season (25/26). The others to do so: Ken Williams with the St. Louis Browns in 1922 (39/37), Don Baylor in 1975 (25/32) and Reggie Jackson in 1976 (27/28).
  6. Zac Lowther has an 0--7 record with a 6.42 ERA pitching across five different classes this season (Rookie, A, AA, AAA and MLB). Most of his work was done at Norfolk (AAA), where he went 0--5 with a 6.53 ERA in eight starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2021 thru 9/9/2021

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Matt Harvey makes what could be his last start of the 2021 season when he faces the visiting Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Harvey (6-13, 6.28 ERA) is 0-4 in his last six outings, and the Orioles are 0-6 in his starts during that stretch. He allowed four runs on six hits in four innings in a no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays last Wednesday.

The veteran could remain in the rotation or the Orioles (44-93) could opt to look at some of their prospects over the final weeks of the season.

"We've gone start-to-start with Harvey here for the last four or five starts," Hyde said Tuesday. "Anything he's given us this second half has been a bonus. He's taken the ball every fifth day, and from the past couple years not pitching much to doing what he's done this year has been amazing. And so, he'll start (Wednesday) and we'll re-evaluate after that."

Harvey, 32, has made 27 starts this season. He last made 28 starts in 2018 and his career high is 29 in 2015. He's the only Orioles pitcher who has remained in the rotation the entire season.

"I couldn't be happier that I've ... taken the ball every fifth day," he said. "It's been a long time since I've done that."

Harvey is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in five career starts against the Royals, however his most well-known appearance against them came in the 2015 World Series.

Harvey came out to begin the ninth inning with Mets up 2-0 in Game 5, but he issued a walk and an RBI double before being lifted from the game. The Royals tied it and won the game in 12 innings to clinch the series.

Kansas City (62-76) counters with veteran left-hander Mike Minor (8-12, 5.25) on Wednesday.

Minor hasn't won since July 26, though he has pitched well enough to do so on several occasions.

He gave up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits in five innings in a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. An error and single followed by a three-run homer by Amed Rosario on an inside fastball led to Minor's undoing in the fifth.

"After throwing in all day to those guys, maybe he was looking for it or quick to it," Minor said. "But I still made quality pitches that whole inning. It just didn't look like it because there were a lot of hits."

Minor is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in seven games (four starts) against the Orioles.

The Orioles evened the four-game series at one win apiece following their 7-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Cedric Mullins homered for the third straight game, giving him 27 on the season. Austin Hays' two-run shot pushed his career-high hitting streak to 14 games and DJ Stewart homered as well.

Mike Baumann allowed one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings to earn a win in his major league debut.

The Royals got a home run from Carlos Santana and two hits from Nicky Lopez and Edward Olivares.

Kansas City rookie Jackson Kowar went six innings for the second time in a row, giving up six runs on five hits.

"He used the slider more than he has ever used in his life," manager Mike Matheny said. "He couldn't execute the fastball like he wanted to."

Baltimore's Trey Mancini missed his second game due to general soreness on his right side. He is day-to-day.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2021