O’s Squeek Out 2-1 Victory

W – Jim Johnson (4-1)     L – Jamey Wright (1-2)     SV – Kevin Gregg (9)

– Brian Matusz made a triumphant return, holding the Mariners to one run on four hits with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings. The best part of his outing was that he didn’t walk anybody. The one run he gave up very easily could’ve been washed away. Jack Wilson hit a single up the middle with Miguel Olivo on second base and Adam Jones throw looked perfect, except it skipped off the grass instead of bounced and got by Matt Wieters. Olivo plowed into Wieters anyway, even though it was clear the ball wasn’t in his glove and there was an easy path to slide. I don’t think the Orioles will forget that the next time we play the Mariners. Matusz only threw 84 pitches but should be able to do alot more next time out.
– Jim Johnson got the last out of the 6th and pitched a scoreless 7th. Koji Uehara was perfect in the 8th with a strikeout and Kevin Gregg threw a rare clean inning with a strikeout for the save. Jones made an amazing play in center field earlier in the game on a ball Olivo hit. He sprinted straight back towards the center field wall and made a basket catch Willy Mays style while leaping onto the wall. He came down with the ball and was very impressed with himself. Olivo even tipped his cap in his direction.
– This game was all about Adam Jones. He also hit the game winning homerun in the top of the 8th. It was a moon shot into the upper deck in left field. He also had two singles in the game and his average now sits at .296. JJ Hardy hit a solo homerun in the 2nd inning to give the O’s a brief early lead. He singled in the game as well. Nolan Reimold singled and was hit by a pitch and Felix Pie singled.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 3-4, solo HR (7) (.296 AVG)

The Orioles get a day off after flying back home to Baltimore. Zach Britton (5-3, 2.93) will try to wash the taste of his last outing from his mouth as the O’s play Toronto for the first time this season. Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 2.62) pitches for the Blue Jays.

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