O’s Finally Beat Blue Jays 4-3

W – David Hernandez (7-8)     L – Brian Tallet (2-6)

– Brian Matusz started but only lasted one inning due to a triceps injury after being hit with a line drive. He finished the inning without allowing a run on two hits and a strikeout but was taken out for precautionary reasons. He should make his next start.
– Rick VandenHurk replaced Matusz and retired the first 12 batters he faced before giving up a solo homerun to lead off the 6th inning. Overall he pitched 5.1 innings and struck out three batters. It was the first time VandenHurk had pitched in 10 days and he was impressive. He should receive a couple of starts as the season closes.
– Mark Hendrickson finished the 7th inning but was removed after giving up a single to lead off the 8th. Jim Johnson came in and gave up a few hits of his own, ending with a two run single that tied the game up.
– The bullpen buckled down after that. Koji Uehara pitched a perfect 9th with a strikeout, Mike Gonzalez struck out the side in the 10th inning and got the first out of the 11th, and David Hernandez finished off the 11th earning the win after the O’s walked off with the win in the bottom of the inning.
– Brian Roberts hit a lead off homerun to give the Orioles a very quick lead. He also singled but was later removed from the game after being hit by a pitch. Brandon Snyder got the first hit of his MLB career in the 2nd, an infield single that scored a run. Adam Jones got an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th to make it 3-1. He also doubled, singled, and walked.
– The Orioles won the game in the bottom of the 11th when Luke Scott singled in Nick Markakis. Markakis singled three times and walked in the game, scoring two of the O’s runs.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 3-5, 2 R, BB (.291 AVG)

Jake Arrieta (5-6, 4.96) will try to make the most of the few starts he has left. Tonight he faces Toronto and Shawn Hill (0-1, 5.06) in game two of the three game series.


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