Belmont pitcher Alex Wells has produced from the MLB starting mound to help hosts the Baltimore Orioles defeat heavyweights the Boston Red Sox.
The 24-year-old, who debuted in June, experienced his longest major league outing with six innings as the Orioles triumphed 6-2.
Wells was hit for a homer with the first throw of the game at Camden Yards on Friday morning (AEST), but the left hander recovered to record 52 strikes from 80 pitches.
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"I knew they were in the hunt, and I wanted to go out there and compete to the best of my ability," Wells told MLB media.
"Obviously getting hit for a home run is never good, but (I just needed) to get back into the zone. Go compete. It was only the first pitch, so plenty of game left just to go out there and compete with all my stuff."
Wells had two strike outs. It was the second win of his career. Baltimore, who now finish the year away against Toronto, claimed the series 2-1 over the Red Sox.
"It's a big deal," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.
"We're really inexperienced on the mound (too). We don't have a ton of veterans in the lineup either. (The young guys) are playing hard and I'm happy with how we played the series."
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