Urías stars as Orioles beat Cubs 4-2 for 9th straight win

Orioles_Cubs_Baseball_77429 Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez, right, celebrates with catcher Adley Rutschman the team's 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs after a baseball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Chicago. The Orioles won their ninth game in a row.
Orioles_Cubs_Baseball_45653 Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jorge Lopez delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Chicago. The Orioles won their ninth game in a row 4-2.
Orioles_Cubs_Baseball_26609 Chicago Cubs' Seiya Suzuki swings into a single off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jordan Lyles during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Chicago.
Orioles_Cubs_Baseball_36317 Baltimore Orioles' Ramon Urias (29) hugs Jorge Mateo in the dugout after Mateo's home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Chicago.
Orioles_Cubs_Baseball_87160 Baltimore Orioles' Ramon Urias celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adrian Sampson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Chicago.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Ramón Urías hit a two-run homer and made a big defensive play, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.

Jorge Mateo also homered as Baltimore (44-44) reached .500 for the first time this season. It’s the longest win streak for the Orioles since the franchise won 13 straight in September 1999.

“The last couple of seasons didn’t go well; a lot of losses,” Urías said. “And, of course we’re enjoying this time.”

Baltimore right-hander Jordan Lyles (6-7) pitched seven innings of two-run ball in his second straight win. Jorge López, the Orioles’ lone All-Star selection, worked the ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances.

“We’re playing baseball all around,” Lyles said. “Some games we’re throwing it lights out; some days we’re mashing it, getting extra-base hits one after the other. That’s the sign of a good team.”

All-Star Ian Happ homered for Chicago, which dropped its fifth in a row. Adrian Sampson (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Baltimore trailed 2-1 in the fourth before Urías almost cleared the left-field bleachers with a two-run drive for his seventh homer.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 in the sixth and had Seiya Suzuki at third with one out. But Urías gloved Nico Hoerner’s liner inches off the ground and trotted to third to complete the double play.

Mateo went deep in the seventh against Brandon Hughes. It was his seventh homer of the season.

“They’re probably the most aggressive team in baseball,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “They’re going to come out swinging and they did. A couple of early-count fastball homers was the difference in the game.”

WORTH NOTING

The Orioles went 52-110 last season. According to STATS, they are the second big league team in history to lose 110-plus games one season and then have at least a nine-game win streak the following year. The Louisville Colonels went 27-111 in 1889 before posting win streaks of 12, 11 and 10 games in 1890.

MAKING MOVES

Baltimore claimed right-hander Louis Head off waivers from Miami earlier in the day and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Kirk McCarty was designated for assignment.

OH BABY

Cubs left-hander Justin Steele came off the paternity list a day after he and his wife welcomed a son. He is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Right-hander Anderson Espinoza was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Austin Hays was back in right field after missing Sunday’s 9-5 win against the Angels with a sore right wrist. Manager Brandon Hyde said the injury hasn’t fully resolved itself but Hays will play through it.

UP NEXT

RHP Spenser Watkins (2-1, 4.15 ERA) faces Steele (3-5, 4.13 ERA) in Wednesday’s finale of the two-game series.

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