Hess (3-10) wound up without a decision in Friday's loss to the Astros. He lasted seven innings and only allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four.
Hess ended his up and down season on a high note as Friday's start lowered his ERA under five for the first time since June 19. He's only allowed more than three earned runs in one of his last eight starts and he'll enter next season looking to compete for a spot in the rotation.
Hess will start Friday against the Astros, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Hess was the scheduled starter for Thursday's series opener, but the game was postponed due to weather. He'll make his last appearance of the 2018 season against a tough Houston starting nine.
Hess did not factor into the decision Saturday, allowing two runs in five innings. He gave up two runs on four hits (including two home runs) and four walks while striking out five during the Orioles' eventual extra-innings loss to the Yankees.
The right-hander gave up big flies to Aaron Hicks and Luke Voit during an underwhelming day on the mound, but at least he limited the damage on the scoreboard as the Orioles play out the string. Hess carries an unsightly 5.14 ERA and 6.5 K/9 with a 3.3 BB/9 in 96.1 innings this year and must next navigate the imposing Astros lineup Thursday at home.
Hess allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out seven over 4.1 innings Sunday against the White Sox. He didn't factor into the decision.
Hess was handed a five-run lead in the first inning, and he'd surrender a run in the second and three more in the fifth prior to exiting a 6-4 ballgame. He threw 68 of 104 pitches for strikes. The 25-year-old right-hander has looked decent in his previous six starts, despite a 1-4 record to show for it. Hess owns a 3.36 ERA through 32.1 innings over that span.
Hess will lose his spot in the rotation, with Luis Ortiz starting in his place Friday against the White Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Hess allowed 11 runs (six earned) in nine innings over his last two starts. His season ERA sits at 5.17 after 16 starts and a pair of relief appearances. He'll be a long-relief option for the Orioles down the stretch.
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