Orioles 2, Rays 1
Brian Matusz gave the sliding Baltimore Orioles a huge lift.
Matusz gave up two hits in 7 1-3 innings and the Orioles ended a
six-game losing streak by holding off the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
”Every time I step on the mound, I want to go out there and
compete and bring my best game, but to end a losing streak is
definitely a good feeling,” Matusz said. ”It’s nice to go out
there and get back on the winning side of things.”
Matusz (5-5) didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning. He
struck out seven and walked three.
”I just attacked the zone and got ahead, and the Rays were
swinging the bat so I got a lot of outs early in the count,”
Matusz said. ”When you have a good rhythm and good flow, it’s nice
to just go out there and pound the strike zone with
Reliever Pedro Strop got Ben Zobrist to ground into a
bases-loaded double play in the eighth. Jim Johnson pitched the
ninth for his 17th save, completing the combined two-hitter.
”You know you’ve got a really good one when they can close a
one-run game out on the road against the American League East, and
Jimmy’s done that for us this year,” Orioles manager Buck
Baltimore broke a 1-all tie in the seventh. Mark Reynolds, who
had doubled, scored with two outs when third baseman Drew Sutton
made a wild throw to first on Robert Andino’s grounder. Zobrist
tracked down Sutton’s bad throw in right field and threw out Ryan
Flaherty, who also tried to score on the play.
”I rushed it,” Sutton said. ”I didn’t know how much time I
had. I just kind of spiked it. It didn’t work out.”
Endy Chavez, mired in a 3-for-35 slide, put the Orioles ahead
1-0 in the third with a home run off Jeremy Hellickson (4-2). It
was Chavez’s first homer since last Aug. 9 against Seattle.
”Both pitchers pitched great,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
Elliot Johnson reached with one out in the Rays eighth when
Reynolds misplayed a grounder for an error. After Matusz walked
Carlos Pena, Strop relieved.
Strop’s wild pitch moved up the runners and B.J. Upton walked to
load the bases. But Strop worked out of the jam by getting a
double-play grounder from Zobrist.
”Unfortunately Zoe hits the ball right at the second baseman,”
Hellickson gave up four hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander
struck out eight and walked one.
”Threw a lot of strikes,” Hellickson said. ”Didn’t get deep
Sean Rodriguez got the Rays’ first hit, a double to start the
fifth. He later scored the tying run on Sutton’s grounder.
Zobrist also made a couple nice catches, including a diving
effort to take away a leadoff hit from Flaherty in the fifth.
NOTES: Matusz is 5-2 in eight overall starts against Tampa Bay.
… Hellickson has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of 11
starts this season. … Baltimore acquired OF-1B Steve Pearce from
the New York Yankees for cash and designated INF-OF Bill Hall for
assignment. … Maddon said RF Matt Joyce was out of the lineup
because he is under the weather. …Orioles LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, who
underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery on May 11, is set to
start shoulder exercises.