Reynolds Powers O’s to 5-3 Win

W – Jake Arrieta (7-3)     L – Ricky Romero (5-5)     SV – Kevin Gregg (10)

– Arrieta didn’t have a great night, giving up a run in three of the first four innings, but he kept the team in the game long enough to take the lead. He ended up with a quality start, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks over six innings. He only struck out one batter and those walks are starting to become a concern. I still like Arrieta as a number three pitcher long term but as far as hes come, he still has plenty work to do before he gets there.
– The bullpen quietly continues its nice recent stretch. Jim Johnson was perfect in the 7th, Koji Uehara struck out the side in a scoreless 8th inning, and Kevin Gregg couldn’t resist giving up two hits before closing out the game. He struck out two batters. Buck Showalter will take his chances with those three to hold onto a lead late in games.
– JJ Hardy grounded out in the bottom of the 2nd inning to give the O’s their first run. Derrek Lee singled and Matt Wieters doubled to set it up. Lee finished with two hits in the game, Wieters later added a single, and Hardy singled and walked later in the game.
– The big moment came in the bottom of the 6th. Singles by Vladimir Guerrero, Lee, and Wieters loaded the bases. After Hardy grounded into a force out at home, Mark Reynolds cleared them with the first grand slam of his career. Most fans are down on Reynolds because of his batting average and his fielding at third base but hes still learning the pitchers over here in the American League after playing his entire early career in the NL. Derrek Lee is going through the same thing. But the fact remains that he leads the team in homeruns, doubles, walks, and is right behind Adam Jones for RBI. He strikes out alot but he has long at bats that effect pitchers. As the season goes on I think everyone will see why we traded a very promising young arm for him.
– Nick Markakis singled twice, Robert Andino and Jones each singled once, and Nolan Reimold drew a pair of walks. It was a good win considering Toronto swept us five times last year.

Player of the game: Mark Reynolds – 1-4, grand slam (8) (.189 AVG)

The Orioles can take the series tomorrow with Jeremy Guthrie (2-7, 3.24) on the mound. The Orioles face yet another lefty, Jo-Jo Reyes (1-4, 4.15), who has gotten alot of recognition after he ended his 28 start streak without a win.

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