Roberts Leads O’s Over Sox 5-1

W – Jeremy Guthrie (8-12, 5.43) L – Gavin Floyd (10-8, 3.98)

Guthrie finally came through with a good start. He did a great job of escaping trouble whenever he was in it. The only run he gave up came on (surprise) a homerun by Jim Thome. Over 7 innings Guthrie allowed 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out a pair. It would help if Guthrie could finish strong and maybe get his ERA in the 4’s before the season ends. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless frame in the 8th, as did Chris Ray in the 9th.

Its been the Brian Roberts show for about the past week, and that didn’t change last night. Roberts homered twice last night, a solo shot in the 3rd and a 2 run shot in the 8th. Hes now hit 5 homeruns in his last 6 games. Also in the 8th, Nick Markakis tripled in a run and Ty Wiggington hit a pinch hit RBI single to round out the scoring. Cesar Izturis had a pair of hits including a double. Hes been worth every penny this year. Nolan Reimold had a single and a walk. Felix Pie had 3 singles in 4 at bats. Since June hes batting .338 and if you take out April hes hitting .308. Even with his abysmal April, which you could account to adjusting to a new league/team/position, hes now batting .259 on the season. Say what you will, but Felix Pie has a future in this game, and on this team.

Player of the game: Brian Roberts (2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR (14) (.293 AVG))

In game 2 tonight its David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) against John Danks (10-8, 3.96).

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