O’s Beat Mets In Game 2, 6-4

Jim Johnson got his 3rd victory pitching in relief. George Sherrill recored his 13th save.

Koji Uehara started and had a pretty standard performance for him. He pitched well, but could only go 5 innings in the process. He gave 7 hits and 2 runs, striking out 5. Koji could be a really good option out of the bullpen, either later in this season or next year. But for now, we’ll keep giving him starts. Brian Bass had a rough outing. He came in for the 6th and could only get 1 out before giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. One of Bass’ earned runs came when Mark Hendrickson relieved him with the bases loaded and walked in a run on the first batter he faced. Hendrickson got out of the inning without giving up any more runs. Johnson came in and shut down the Mets for two innings, then Sherrill came in and got the save.

The big story on the offensive side was that Matt Wieters hit his first career Major League homerun. It was a 2 run shot in the 2nd inning to give the O’s a 3-1 lead. Wieters also walked in the game. Nick Markakis said “slump? what slump?” as he went 4 for 4 in the game. Aubrey Huff hit what ended up being the game winning homerun in the 7th, his 9th of the year. He also had an RBI single and a walk. Melvin Mora had a pair of singles and Nolan Riemold had a single and a walk. Adam Jones is the guy in a big slump now, but at least he worked a walk. The bats got the job done again last night, looks like we might be clear of that complete offensive funk.

Player of the game: Aubrey Huff (2-3, R, 3 RBI, BB, HR)

Tonight, Jason Berken (1-3, 7.32) goes up against Livan Hernandez (5-1, 4.33) in the series deciding game.

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