Good Pitching Does Wonders, 6-2 Win

W – Jeremy Guthrie (4-13)     L – Kyle Weiland (0-1)     SV – Jim Johnson (1)

– That was the first fun game to watch for a while. We jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and added some insurance runs late when it got close. Mark Reynolds hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 2nd and Nolan Reimold followed with an RBI ground out. Matt Wieters hit one of his two singles in the 3rd inning for an RBI. He also walked. In the 8th with the score 3-2 Derrek Lee hit a two run homer to give us some breathing room and Reynolds followed with a solo homerun. He also singled. Adam Jones singled twice while JJ Hardy, Nick Markakis, and Reimold each walked.
– This is what happens when you get a starting pitcher to go deep into a game effectively, you win games. Guthrie finally snapped out of his funk and pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts against the best hitting team in baseball. That can’t hurt his trade value. If he can keep it up over another start or two he’d really help us get something good for him before the deadline. Jim Johnson earned the save with two perfect innings. The win snapped a seven game losing streak against the Red Sox.

Player of the game: Mark Reynolds – 3-4, R, 2 RBI, double (18), HR (21) (.227 AVG)

Its a get away day Wednesday afternoon in the series finale. Jake Arrieta (9-6, 5.10) looks to turn things around while Andrew Miller (3-1, 5.68) pitches for Boston.

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