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Orioles Win Tenth Straight in Defeat of Cubs

Anthony Santander hit a two-run double to spark Baltimore's three-run first inning, Spenser Watkins and four relievers scattered six hits and the Orioles extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

 

It's the Orioles' longest winning streak in a single season since they won 13 in a row from Sept. 7-22, 1999.

 

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the only team with a longer current drought without a double-digit win streak in a season is Miami, which has never had one.

 

With the victory, the Orioles (45-44) also went over the .500 mark for the first time since April 8, 2021, when they were 4-3. Baltimore finished off the game to chants of ''Let's Go O's!'' at Wrigley Field, where the Orioles were laying their first series since 2014.

 

The Cubs lost their sixth consecutive game, their longest skid since dropping 10 straight games June 4-16.

 

Watkins (3-1) limited the Cubs to four hits in five-plus innings. Watkins is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his last four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on June 25. He allowed a single to Ian Happ to start the sixth and was lifted in favor of Dillion Tate.

 

Tate, Cionel Perez, Joey Krehbiel and Bryan Baker combined to allow two hits the rest of the way.

 

Meanwhile, Cubs starter Justin Steele (3-6) - pitching on eight days rest after his girlfriend gave birth Monday to the couple's first child - retired the final 11 batters he faced over six innings.

 

The Cubs scored their lone run off Watkins in the fifth when Christopher Morel tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Rafael Ortega.

 

The Cubs will start RHP Keegan Thompson in Thursday's series opener against the Mets. Thompson allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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