Dean Kremer pitches shutout vs. Astros

BALTIMORE — Pick your poison. You can have the loud (Adley Rutschman’s stalemate-breaking home run in the fourth as part of a huge night), the quiet (the Orioles’ small-ball five-run rally in the seventh creating a cushion for good) or the silently lethal. (a shutout from Dean Kremer against the paragon of the American League).

Take your pick. And then consider what each helped fuel.

The Orioles’ flawless handling of the Astros, 6-0, at Camden Yards was yet another in a season full of them against the AL’s top seed. Each win has injected life into Baltimore’s postseason hopes, with the club now 3 1/2 games back of the third and final AL Wild Card spot with 12 games left to play. The O’s have momentum swinging back into their favor after what was a trying start to September.

And one man has been at the center of it all. Rutschman, on top of breaking a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with his 12th homer of the year, reached base four times, took part in the five-run rally in the seventh with an RBI double, and caught Dean Kremer en route to the first shutout of the right-hander’s career.

It was the Orioles’ 15th shutout on the season — and their second in as many nights against a potent Houston lineup — behind yet another commanding performance from one of their starters.

And it begs the question: As temperatures fall, is Baltimore getting hot at the right time?

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