O’s Turn Around and Shut Out Rays 6-0

W – Brad Bergesen (1-4)     L – Wade Davis (4-3)

– The starting pitching all of a sudden has been incredible. It had been pretty good but pitchers weren’t getting deep into the game. Then Zach Britton pitched nine scoreless innings on Thursday, Jeremy Guthrie went eight innings in a loss Friday, and now Brad Bergesen threw a complete game shutout yesterday. He only gave up four hits and a walk and struck out five batters. He had a couple jams early on but cruised from there. It looks like him and Chris Tillman are both doing what they can to try and stay in the rotation when Brian Matusz returns. Competition is good, I hope it continues.
– The best part was that we actually scored some runs for the starting pitcher. It had been a while since we’d done that, 17 innings to be exact. We got on the board right away with one in the 1st. Derrek Lee walked with two outs and came all the way around to score on Vladimir Guerrero’s double. Guerrero also singled in the game.
– We waited until the top of the 5th to score again and it was a Mark Reynolds solo homerun that did it. It was only the slugger’s fourth homerun of the season but hopefully that will make something click for him. Jake Fox busted it open in the 6th with a two run homer on the 10th pitch of his at bat. He also walked.
– Adam Jones hit an RBI single in the 7th and Lee had an RBI double in the 8th. I liked seeing us tack on runs throughout the game. Thats crucial to give the pitchers some breathing room and margin for error. Jones doubled earlier in the game.
– The two longest tenured Orioles at the top of the lineup finally got going. Brian Roberts had a pair of singles and a stolen base while Nick Markakis had two singles of his own along with two walks. I’m glad the team quickly bounced back after being shut out on Friday. It seemed like every time we got some momentum, one bad loss would make us spiral back down.

Player of the game: Brad Bergesen – 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, W (1-4) (4.35 ERA)

Jake Arrieta (4-1, 4.17) has many tough acts to follow in the rubber game of the series. Hes facing the injury replacement Andy Sonnanstine (0-0, 2.87) who had been pitching well out of the bullpen.

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