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Fourth straight win for the Orioles behind eight innings from Bundy

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Fourth straight win for the Orioles behind eight innings from Bundy

BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy allowed three hits over a career-high eight innings, newcomer Tim Beckham had two hits and scored twice and the resurgent Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

Seth Smith drove in three runs to help the Orioles move within two games of .500 (52-54) for the first time since July 3.

Kansas City will seek to avoid a three-game sweep on Wednesday. The Royals came to town having won 10 of 11, but they've only scored three runs in these two games at Camden Yards.

Bundy (10-8) struck out five and walked one. The right-hander had not pitched more than seven innings in any of his previous 34 major league starts.

All three hits Bundy allowed were singles -- none after the third inning -- and he retired the final 13 batters he faced. The only run he allowed was unearned.

Brad Brach gave up a run in the ninth.

Baltimore's winning streak began over the weekend and gained momentum late Monday after the front office decided to be buyers at the non-waiver trade deadline, obtaining Beckham from Tampa Bay for a minor league pitcher.

Making his debut with Baltimore on Tuesday after playing his first 238 major league games with the Rays, the shortstop singled and scored in the fifth inning and doubled in the seventh before coming home on a single by Smith.

The victory pulled Baltimore within 3 games of Kansas City for the final AL wild-card spot.

Baltimore took a 2-0 lead against Ian Kennedy (4-7) in the first inning, bunching together four straight hits -- including an RBI single by Jonathan Schoop and a run-scoring double by rookie Trey Mancini.

After Kansas City scored in the third, Adam Jones made it 3-1 in the fourth with a two-out RBI single.

Kennedy gave up four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. He was 4-0 in nine starts since June 5.

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.

MORE ORIOLES: GAUSMAN CHANGES HIS NUMBER TO HONOR ROY HALLADAY

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.