Sunday, October 3, 2010

O's Take Two From Tigers

The Birds took both games in a doubleheader against Detroit on Friday at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman led the O's to a 10-6 victory in the afternoon contest, and Jeremy Guthrie followed with a stellar performance in a 2-1 win later that evening.

Tillman (2-5) allowed just one run (a solo homer) off three hits over seven innings, striking out a career-best seven Tigers while walking two. Mark Hendrickson allowed Detroit to creep back into the game, but Matt Albers closed the door to give the Birds the win.

The Birds used a six-run fourth followed by a three-run fifth to take a commanding lead. Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, and Felix Pie went 2-for-4 with a triple and three knocked in to lead the Orioles offensively.

Guthrie (11-14) took the mound and one-upped Tillman, going eight strong shut-out innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while fanning five. Koji Uehara gave up a solo shot in the ninth but struck out two batters and recorded his 12th save of the season.

Offensively, the O's banged out 13 hits but crossed the plate just twice, once on Nick Markakis' solo homer in the third.

The O's (64-95) have now gone 33-22 under Buck Showalter, and have won more games under Buck in two months than they had won over the first four months of the season. Showalter is the first manager since 1900 to accomplish that feat...

The Birds send Brian Matusz to the mound on Saturday night...Let's Go O's!

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