Saturday, September 11, 2010

O's Tame Tigers in Detroit

The Tigers out-hit the O's, but the Orioles outscored Detroit in a 6-3 victory on Friday night.

Kevin Millwood pitched a good game, going six innings and allowing just three runs (two earned). Millwood allowed a run in the first inning but then held Detroit scoreless until the sixth...Matt Wieters dropped a foul pop-up off the bat of Johnny Damon, who then walked on a full count. The next batter up crushed a two-run shot to knot the score at three and deny Millwood a "W".

The O's bullpen kept putting up zeroes...David Hernandez gave up a lead-off triple in the seventh inning, but struck out two batters and stranded the runner on third base. It was great to see Hernandez back on the mound, and he was rewarded with the win. Jim Johnson allowed a hit in a scoreless eighth, and Koji Uehara pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his eighth save in nine tries.

Jake Fox launched a two-run homer in the fifth to give the O's a short-lived 3-1 lead. The Birds went on to score twice in the eighth inning and added an insurance run in the ninth to give Uehara a comfortable lead to work with...Matt Wieters made up for his defensive miscue with a sacrifice fly in the eighth that put the O's ahead for good.

The Birds are now 3-1 on the six-game road trip, and need just one win to take the series and ensure another winning road trip. The Orioles (54-87) have 21 games remaining this season, and need to win nine of them to avoid a 100-loss year...Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound on Saturday night.

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