Norris (5-5) was nothing short of remarkable on the mound as he had all three of his pitches working and was extremely efficient on the mound. At one point in the game Norris retired 13 straight Red Sox hitters and only one Boston player reached third base. In his eight innings of work, Norris allowed just three hits, three walks, struck out six and needed just 98 pitches to get through those eight frames.
He only faced one real jam on the night, which came in the sixth inning when he walked two of the first three batters of the inning to put men on first and second with one out, but he retired Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia to end the threat.
The eight innings matched a career high for Norris, and he became the first Orioles pitcher other than Chris Tillman to go eight or more innings.
Baltimore's offense scored all four of their runs courtesy of the long ball as Adam Jones got things started for the Birds in the first inning with a solo home run, the 150th of his career, for an early 1-0 lead. It was Jones' fourth home run this month and all four have gone to the opposite field, which is a tremendous sign from Adam.
Nick Markakis increased his hit streak to 14 games with a leadoff single in the first inning, but added a second hit later in the fifth inning when he absolutely unloaded on a hanging slider from Red Sox starter Jake Peavy (1-4) onto the flag court for a two run home run.
Lastly, Ryan Flaherty showed the power that so many believe he has when he smoked the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the right centerfield wall for a solo home run, his second of the season.
Baltimore recorded eight hits in the game, but they only came off of four Orioles' bats as Markakis (2-4, HR, 2 RBI), Jones (3-4, HR, RBI), and Flaherty (2-3, HR, RBI, 2 R) each had multi-hit games and Chris Davis recorded the first bunt single of his career when he dropped a bunt down against the shift. Davis's bunt single was also the 600th hit of his career.
Perhaps the best news is that the Orioles snapped their streak of five consecutive games with at least one error committed.
The Birds will look to secure the series win tonight as they send Chris Tillman (5-2) to the mound for the start against Boston's Brandon Workman (0-0) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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