Scott Feldman tossed seven strong innings, while the Baltimore Orioles offense continued its' rebirth en route to a 7-2 victory Sunday afternoon to clinch a series win over the Colorado Rockies. Chris Davis and Adam Jones each homered for the Birds in the win.
Feldman (3-3) had his best start as an Oriole yesterday and was borderline dominant the entire outing. Through his first six innings, Feldman had allowed just two hits, while not allowing a single run to score. The seventh inning was a different story as Feldman entered the inning with a 3-0 lead, but left with just a 3-2 lead, and an out left to get for Tommy Hunter. All told, Feldman ended his night having thrown 6 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts by throwing 101 pitches, 62 of which were for strikes.
Hunter came in to get the final out of the seventh to secure the Orioles lead, and Darren O'Day came in to pitch a scoreless eighth inning. Once the top of the eighth ended after O'Day tossed a scoreless inning, Jim Johnson began warming up in the Orioles bullpen and was obviously going to come in the game in the ninth inning for the save possibility. Fortunately for the Birds, the offense scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to give them a five run lead and thus it was no longer a save situation, and Johnson sat down to allow Josh Stinson to pitch the ninth before getting optioned after the game.
Orioles101 fans and followers were going crazy once it became known that Johnson was warming up for the ninth.
Baltimore's offense certainly seems to be getting back on track as they pounded out 15 hits for seven runs yesterday. The Birds took an early 3-0 lead courtesy of an Alexi Casilla RBI single in the second and a two run home run from Jones, his 25th of the season. Despite seeing their lead shrink to one, the offense continued to add runs with a two run seventh and a two run eighth inning.
Brian Roberts hit a clutch two run single in the seventh to answer back the two run top of the seventh by the Rockies. Then, in the eighth, Crush Davis made his appearance and crushed a two run blast to centerfield to give the Orioles a 7-2 lead and keep the team out of a save situation. Davis's home run gave him his MLB leading 45th homer and good for his 115th RBI of the season.
Davis (4-5, HR, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Jones (3-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the way offensively for the Birds, while Roberts and Casilla also had multi hit efforts and combined for three RBI in the game.
The offense has put up 15 runs over the last two games and there is not a more perfect time for this offense to potentially get hot as both teams in front of them in the AL Wildcard standings come to town this week in the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A's.
Baltimore begins a HUGE three game set with the Rays tonight and will send Chris Tillman (14-3) to the mound for the start against Tampa ace David Price (6-5). As aforementioned, Stinson was optioned after the game and the Birds will likely call up Danny Valencia to fill his spot as Valencia is 7-10 lifetime against Price.
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