O’s Get One In Minnesota 5-1

W – Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26) L – Nick Blackburn (8-9, 4.29)

Guthrie pitched a wonderful game last night. He won in back to back starts for the first time all season. It was nice to see the Guthrie of old back in form for at least one game. It would be a huge boost if he could keep it up. He went 7 innings, allowing just the 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 5. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless 8th, then Jim Johnson followed that up with a scoreless 9th to close the game. It wasn’t a save situation but JJ got the job done once again. Hes stepped into the closers role quite effectively since we traded George Sherrill, despite not having many save chances.

On the offensive side, it wasn’t the usual suspects that scored the runs for us last night. We scored 2 runs in the first inning when back to back singles by Cesar Izturis and Luke Scott put runners on first and second with 1 out. A Nick Markakis ground out advanced the runners, then a Nolan Reimold single scored the runners. The second run scored because of a throwing error on Orlando Cabrera. In the 4th, Felix Pie crushed his 5th homerun to dead center field. Pie also had a pair of walks in the game. Chad Moeller had a good game too. In the 6th, he doubled in a run and he walked with the bases loaded in the 8th. He also had another walk and a single in the game.

Player of the game: Jeremy Guthrie (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 K, W (9-12) (5.26 ERA))

Its back to Baltimore to face the Indians tonight. David Hernandez (4-6, 4.35) starts for the O’s, Aaron Laffey (7-3, 3.42) goes for Cleveland.

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