O’s Win Series Against Mets In Exciting Fashion; 5-4

Matt Albers gets his first win of the year.

Jason Berken pitched his best game of the year through 5 innings, shutting out the Mets with 7 strikeouts. He got into trouble in the 6th and 7th, giving up 4 runs in his last 1.2 innings. He left the game with 8 strikeouts, giving up 7 hits and a walk. All in all it was a good effort and he should keep pitching every 5 days for the forseeable future. Danys Baez came in and let one of his inherited runners score before getting out of the 7th and then pitching a scoreless 8th. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 9th, which turned out to be pretty important, seeing as the O’s came back and won the game in the bottom of the inning.

The Orioles took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd when Robert Andino hit his first homerun of the season and of his Oriole career. In the 5th, Ty Wiggington hit one of his 2 singles and Matt Wieters followed it up with a single of his own. After a failed attempt at a sacrifice bunt, Brian Roberts doubled down the left field line (his 22nd of the year) to score another run. The Orioles didn’t respond to the Mets 4 runs until the bottom of the 8th when Aubrey Huff hit his 15th double of the season, Melvin Mora singled him to 3rd, and Luke Scott grounded out to score Huff and cut the lead to 4-3. With Francisco Rodriguez coming in to close the game, I’m sure most people figured it was over but not so fast. Wieters started the inning off with his 3rd double. Nolan Riemold pinch hit for Andino and worked a walk. Brian Roberts tried to sacrifice the runners over, the Mets tried to get Felix Pie (who had pinch ran for Wieters) at 3rd but he was flying andwas called safe. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Adam Jones walked to tie the game. Nick Markakis struck out before Huff came through for the second night in a row with the game winning hit. This time a line drive single into right field to end it in walk off fashion. It was the first time the Orioles won this year when trailing entering the 9th inning.

Player of the game: Aubrey Huff (3-5, R, RBI, double)

The O’s head to Philadelphia with some momentum on their side to take on the Phillies. Rich Hill (2-1, 5.81) needs a good start, and looks to get one against Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 5.25).

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