O’s Escape Atlanta With 5-4 Victory

W – Jim Johnson (5-1)     L – Scott Proctor (1-2)     SV – Kevin Gregg (15)

– Despite going 1-13 with runners in scoring position the Orioles were able to put five runs on the board and come back to win after losing an early lead. The offense got their first run in an unusual way. Starting pitcher Zach Britton hit a solo homerun to lead off the top of the 3rd inning. It was the first homerun by an Orioles pitcher since Kris Benson did it five years ago. He also beat out an infield hit and is batting .625 after three games. Later in the inning Mark Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly. In the 5th Nick Markakis hit an RBI double to make the lead 3-0. The Braves took the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th but a two run homer by Reynolds put the O’s back on top for good. It was his 18th homerun of the season and it was crushed. He also walked in the game.
– Markakis was a perfect five for five in the game and has his average almost up to .300 (.296). After the longest slump of his career he might just be on the hottest stretch of it right now. JJ Hardy had a couple of singles and was hit by a pitch. Craig Tatum doubled and Blake Davis walked. Adam Jones has gone into a bit of a slump now. He left eight men on base today and his average is down to .283.
– Britton also pitched pretty well aside from the two hits and homerun. He got through the first five innings without allowing a run and left the bases loaded in the 5th. Unfortunately he couldn’t get anybody out in the bottom of the 6th, walking the lead off batter and giving up back to back singles allowing a run to score. Jim Johnson came in and allowed both inherited runners to score as well as one of his own. Britton’s line ended up being five innings pitched, six hits and three walks resulting in three runs with four strikeouts. Johnson eventually got out of the 6th inning and pitched a scoreless 7th. Koji Uehara labored a bit in the 8th but struck out two batters in the scoreless frame. Kevin Gregg recorded his first save in a good bit of time. He was perfect in the 9th, striking out a batter.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 5-5, R, RBI, double (11), SB (7) (.296 AVG)

Its back to the American League tomorrow night in Texas to face the Rangers. Colby Lewis (7-7, 4.32) pitches for the home team, Chris Jakubauskas (2-1, 5.68) pitches for the Orioles.

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