Friday, September 23, 2011

O's Just Keep Winning

The Orioles won their third straight game on Thursday night with a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The O's gave Zach Britton an early 5-0 lead; J.J. Hardy slapped his 29th homer in the third and Adam Jones crushed a two-run bomb in the fourth. But in the end, the Birds won by playing "small ball."

Britton (11-10) became the first Orioles pitcher to reach 11 wins this season. Jeremy Guthrie (9-17) will have a shot at win number ten on Saturday night...

Britton didn't look particularly sharp, giving up five runs on six hits, four walks and two wild pitches in just five innings. But the bullpen was magnificent once again, allowing only two hits over the final four frames. Even Kevin Gregg joined in, retiring the side 1-2-3 in the ninth to record his 21st save.

With the score knotted at five in the sixth, Adam Jones led-off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground-out and scored on Nolan Reimold's infield single. After the Birds powered their way to five runs, it was a weak check-swing single that plated the winning run...

Alfredo Simon takes the mound Friday night for the O's.

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