Rylan Bannon became just the third Baltimore player since 2000 to hit a hit on the first pitch thrown at him in the majors, and the Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday.

Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom each had homers in Baltimore’s victory.

Bannon, 26, was called up from Triple-A Norfolk before the game and singled on a changeup from Steven Matz (3-3) with two outs in the second inning, one batter later. that Mateo hit a go-ahead home run for the Orioles.

Overall, Bannon went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and two fly balls. Previous Orioles players who had hit a career first-pitch hit were Rhyne Hughes, on April 24, 2010, at Boston, and Willie Morales, on April 9, 2000, against Detroit, according to the Sports Elias. Bureau.

Keegan Akin (1-0), the second of six Baltimore pitchers, earned just his fourth win in 16 major league decisions, allowing one hit over 2 2/3 innings. He dished out four strikeouts on a day the Orioles relied exclusively on pitchers who usually play relief.

For the Orioles, the Venezuelan Anthony Santander 4-0. The Dominican Mateo 4-1 with one scored and one produced.

For the Cardinals, the Venezuelan Juan Yepez 3-0. The Dominican Albert Pujols 1-0.

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