Pirates get rare 8-1 win at Camden Yards over Orioles

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BALTIMORE – Bryse Wilson pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Ke'Bryan Hayes homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped Baltimore’s five-game winning streak Sunday with an 8-1 victory over the Orioles.

The Pirates also ended their own nine-game skid at Camden Yards, improving to 2-11 at the ballpark. Wilson (2-6) allowed a run and four hits in five-plus innings, and Pittsburgh broke the game open in the seventh after a replay review changed a call at the plate.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was ejected after that review. Pittsburgh’s Greg Allen initially was called out, but upon review, catcher Robinson Chirinos was ruled to have violated the home plate collision rule, and Allen was called safe.

“The catcher’s initial setup completely in foul territory was illegal and he maintained that position without possession of the ball,” Major League Baseball said in a statement.

That run gave Pittsburgh a 5-1 lead. The ruling also kept the Pirates’ rally going after what would have been the third out of the inning. Bryan Reynolds followed with an RBI single, and Hayes hit a two-run homer.

Baltimore’s Spenser Watkins (4-2) retired his first 13 hitters before allowing four straight singles in the fifth. Pittsburgh scored three runs that inning, taking the lead after Jorge Mateo of the Orioles homered in the third.

The Orioles entered the day just a game out of the final wild card in the American League. Now they begin a big stretch in which 16 of their next 17 games are against the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays and White Sox – teams also in postseason contention in the AL.

Michael Chavis had an infield single for the Pirates for their first baserunner against Watkins. Bligh Madris singled and Allen drove home Chavis with a single. An RBI single by Cal Mitchell made it 2-1, and Jose Godoy drove in a run with a groundball.

Chavis added an RBI single in the sixth. Watkins allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Godoy, the catcher, left in the sixth because of cramping and heat-related issues.

Orioles: OF Austin Hays (side) missed his fourth straight game.

UP NEXT

Baltimore opens a three-game series against Toronto, sending Jordan Lyles (8-8) to the mound against Yusei Kikuchi (4-5) on Monday night.

The Pirates had not announced a starter for the opener of their four-game set at Arizona.

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Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.