Early Lead Vanishes In 7-3 Loss

W – Andy Sonnanstine (3-1)     L – Brian Matusz (4-12)

The good luck ended for Brian Matusz in the 4th inning yesterday. He had gotten out of trouble in the 3rd when BJ Upton ran into an out and Carl Crawford grounded out. With runners on first and second Jason Bartlett hit a single into center field but Gabe Kapler stopped at third. Upton didn’t realize that and headed to third himself and Kapler was thrown out at home. Matusz gave up a grand slam in the 4th along with another run but was able to escape the inning when Adam Jones threw out a runner at the plate. That inning was the turning point as the Rays took a 5-3 lead that they wouldn’t look back from. Jones had given the O’s a 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd with a three run homer after Ty Wiggington singled and Luke Scott walked. Scott and Brian Roberts each walked twice in the game. The Orioles had plenty of opportunities in the first two innings to jump out to a big lead but we ended up 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Our only other hits were a Matt Wieters double and a Cesar Izturis single. Matt Albers came in to start the 5th inning and gave up another run but went on to pitch a scoreless 6th. Armando Gabino rebounded from his ugly first appearance and pitched a scoreless 7th before Alfredo Simon gave up a solo homerun in the 8th inning to continue his struggles. The offense went silent in the second half of the game and never posed another threat.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 1-4, 3 Run HR (17) (.282 AVG)

Today is the rubber game as the O’s try to win their fourth straight series. Jake Arrieta (4-3, 5.29) takes on highly touted rookie Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 1.29).

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