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Steve Pearce Blasts Two, Ubaldo Jimenez Stellar as Baltimore Orioles Down Texas Rangers 7-1

July 1st, 2014 at 6:49 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles used four home runs, including two by Steve Pearce to go along with a stellar performance from Ubaldo Jimenez to take game one of a four game series 7-1 on Monday Night.

'Steve Pearce' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Baltimore got the home run party started right away as Pearce turned on a 0-1 pitch and put it into the seats for a two run home run after Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first before the team recorded an out. Two batters later, Adam Jones pulled one down the left field line for a solo shot and a 3-0 lead.

It was Jones' 15th home run of the season, and seven of those 15 have come in the first inning.

It didn't take long for the power hour to continue as JJ Hardy led of the bottom of the second with his second home run of the season, and two innings later Pearce delivered his second two run home run of the game to give the Birds a 6-0 lead and their fourth long ball of the night.

Caleb Joseph would add a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to account for the other Orioles run. Pearce led the way offensively for the birds going 2-5 with two homers and four RBI, while Jones (2-3, HR, RBI, R), Hardy (2-3, HR, RBI, 2 R) and Jonathan Schoop (2-4, 2B, R) all had multi-hit games as well.

The breaking news of course was the offensive eruption for the Birds at home, and even more so was the fact that they gave Jimenez (3-8) some run support, and he did not waste it. It was arguably the best game he has pitched as an Oriole and the win marked his first at Camden Yards this season.

Jimenez allowed just one run, and it was unearned as Chris Davis, who was playing third base last night and did so fairly well, committed a throwing error in the fifth inning that allowed a run to score. The biggest issue with Jimenez this season has been the walks, and last night he allowed just one, to go along with just four hits allowed, the one unearned run and he also struck out seven over a season high eight innings of work.

It was nice to see the Orioles offense do soma damage at home and get back on track as a team with a victory. Baltimore moved to just one game back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East with the victory. The Orioles and Rangers get back to it tonight as Texas will be sending Nick Martinez (1-5) to the mound for the start against T.J. McFarland (0-1), who is making a spot start for the Birds due to last Friday's double header. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


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Tags: Adam Jones, AL East, Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, JJ Hardy, MLB, Steve Pearce, Ubaldo Jimenez

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