Orioles ride rookie pitcher to win over Blue Jays

BY foxsports • July 12, 2009

Brad Bergesen began the season pitching at the Triple-A level for the first time, uncertain if he would receive an invitation to pitch in the major leagues this season.

Now, as the Baltimore Orioles enter the All-Star break, Bergesen is the most consistent member of their starting rotation. The 23-year-old rookie owns a solid 3.54 ERA, leads the team in innings pitched and is tied for most wins.

Bergesen took a shutout into the seventh inning Sunday, and Baltimore got a home run from Oscar Salazar in a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bergesen (6-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA over his past nine starts.

"Bergesen sure had a great first half for us. I think he has established himself as a real nice story in the American League this year as a starting pitcher," manager Dave Trembley said. "It seems like every time he pitches he gives us a chance to win, and it was no different today."



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