Jackson Gives O’s Fits Again In 4-2 Loss

Jeremy Guthrie loses his team leading 11th game.

Edwin Jackson has been lights out this year, but especially against the Orioles. On May 31st in Baltimore he shut out the Orioles over 8 innings, giving up just 2 hits. Last night he didn’t give up a run on 2 hits through 8 innings. Sounds familiar… Fortunately we were able to get to him a little in the 9th, but it was too little too late. Adam Jones got the first hit, of the infield variety, on a ball that should have been caught. Nick Markakis singled in the 7th but that didn’t lead to anything. In the 9th Nolan Reimold was hit by a pitch before Jones blasted his 19th homerun of the year to take over the club lead. Aubrey Huff pitched in a single, but was stranded.

Guthrie was cruising as well, matching Jackson for most of the night. He gave up a homerun to Magglio Ordonez in the 5th inning, but that was it until heading into the bottom of the 8th. He gave up 2 singles sandwiched between a pop out and was pulled from the game in favor of Mark Hendrickson, who got the first batter he faced to ground out. But he would be replaced by Cla Meredith, which would end up being a poor choice in hindsight. Meredith would give up 3 consecutive singles to score both inherited runners, as well as a run of his own. Guthrie’s final line would be: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. The Orioles are now 5-14 since the All-Star break.

Player of the game: Adam Jones (2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR (19) (.300 AVG))

A day game today pits two rookies who have had some success in their early ML careers. David Hernandez (3-3, 3.28) pitches for the O’s, Rick Porcello (9-7, 4.36) for the Tigers.

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