Orioles Fall To Marlins 10-4

W – Anibal Sanchez (7-4)     L – Jeremy Guthrie (3-9)

Jeremy Guthrie started out rough again, giving up four runs in the top of the 2nd inning. A lead off walk, three singles, and a double put the Orioles in an early deficit. Guthrie wasn’t locating his fastball very well and his slider wasn’t effective. It looked like things started to click in the 3rd inning as he retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced and didn’t let the Marlins score another run until the 7th inning. Again it was a lead off walk that led to trouble. Gaby Sanchez followed with an RBI double and that was it for Guthrie. Jason Berken came in and immediately gave up an RBI single but retired the next three batters in order. He stayed on for the 8th and got in trouble with back to back singles to open the inning. Scott Moore didn’t help things when he threw away a double play that would’ve ended the inning, allowing a run to score. Matt Albers started the 9th but didn’t make it very far. He gave up three consecutive singles to load the bases before being taken out of the game for Frank Mata. The first batter he faced also singled, scoring two more runs. Back to back groundouts got another run in before the inning ended with a tapper back to the mound.

It was nice to see the offense respond right away to Florida’s four run inning with three runs of their own in the bottom half. Ty Wiggington led off with a double, Adam Jones singled, and Matt Wieters hit an opposite field three run homer. It wasn’t nice that the offense shut down after that, only scoring one more run on a Luke Scott sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. Jones continues his steady climb back to respectability with another multi-hit game. He even looks better at the plate. Hes still swinging at the occasional down and away breaking ball but on one of his outs he stayed on a breaking ball on the outer part of the plate and lined it to the right fielder. Thats the approach he needs to use because hes got plenty of power in his swing. No need to try and crush everything, the ball jumps off his bat. Nick Markakis, aka Steady Eddie, had a single, a double, and a stolen base. I think he has to be the Orioles all-star representative for his consistency alone. Miguel Tejada singled twice while Scott Moore and Julio Lugo each had one. Jake Fox made his Orioles debut when he pinch hit for Cesar Izturis. He sent a shot to deep center field but Cody Ross made a nice running catch.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 1-3, BB, 3 Run HR (6) (.225 AVG)

It’ll be the Marlins’ first game without Fredi Gonzalez tonight as they surprisingly fired him this morning. Ricky Nolasco (5-6, 4.90) pitches for them against Brian Matusz (2-7, 4.67).

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