O’s Complete Sweep With Walk Off 5-4

W – Jason Berken (3-2)     L – Francisco Rodriguez (0-3)

The magic continued last night. Jake Arrieta threw a gem of a game until the 8th inning when things started to fall apart. But he had a perfect game going until a double with two outs in the 5th inning. He kept the Angels scoreless until the 8th inning. A single, strikeout, walk, and ground out left runners on second and third with two outs. Buck Showalter decided to bring in Mike Gonzalez instead of letting Arrieta try to get through the inning himself. He was at 108 pitches so I understand the decision but Gonzalez gave up a single to score both runners. That finished Arrieta’s line at 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Jason Berken came in and left Jake with a no decision as well as he gave up a homerun to Torii Hunter as soon as he came in. He struck out the next batter to end the inning but the game was tied after the Orioles jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Berken continued on to pitch a scoreless 9th and ended up with the win after the offense scored in the bottom of the inning.

The hero was Cesar Izturis who singled in Julio Lugo to end the game and give the Orioles a 5-4 victory. Matt Wieters led off the 9th with a double and Lugo pinch ran for him. Corey Patterson sacrificed him to third and the rest is history. The O’s first took the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning when Nick Markakis led off with a homerun, his 8th of the season. After a couple of outs Adam Jones doubled and Felix Pie singled him in. We got two more runs in the 7th when Brian Roberts doubled in Patterson who singled and then Markakis singled in Roberts. Ty Wiggington singled and hit his 20th double of the season in the game and Luke Scott continued his hot hitting with a double of his own, his 22nd. The best part of this three game winning streak is that the important pieces to our future are the main reason for it. Guys like Wieters, Jones, Pie, Markakis, and even Josh Bell are hitting the ball with authority and we’ve had great starts from Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta. As long as that continues we’ll be alright and Showalter will be hailed as a genius.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR (8) (.291 AVG)

Brad Bergesen (3-9, 6.63) tries to continue the strong run of starting pitching as we start a four game series with the White Sox tonight. John Danks (11-8, 3.40) pitches for Chicago.

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