Written by Chris Slade
Baseball finally returned to Baltimore as the game got under way at 4:05 ET with Charlie Morton and Bud Norris on the mounf. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead on an RBI single by Pedro Alvarez in the 3rd inning. The Orioles took a 3-1 lead in the 5th thanks to an RBI single by Steve Pearce followed by a two-run single from Ryan Flaherty. Pearce drove in another run in the 6th on a single and Nick Markakis hit hist first home run in the 7th. The bullpen shut down the Pirates lineup and secured a 5-1 win for the Orioles.
Bud Norris wasn't his sharpest today but he did a grat job of damage control and gave th Orioles a winnable outing. Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez proved to be his nemesis as they combined to go 4-for-6 agaisnt Norris. He was able to limit the damage from those two to just an RBI single from Alvarez. He got several key groundouts to prevent any big scoring innings from happening. With his pitch count running high, Norris was removed with one out in the 6th, falling short of the quality start but picked up the win.
Final Line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 3 K, Win
Ryan Webb took over in the 6th and got two quick flyouts to end the inning. After retiring Gaby Sanchez in the 7th, Zach Britton entered the game.
Britton struck out Ike Davis swinging and got Alvarez to groundout to end the 7th. After recording one out in the 8th, Darren O'Day replaced Britton on the mound and ptiched a scoreless 8th.
Brian Matusz got the first two outs in the 9th but after Alvarez reached base, the O's brought on Tommy Hunter who struck out Sanchez to record the save.
Charlie Morton stymied the Oriole bats early on in the game ut things seemed to take a turn after a brief rain delay in the 4th inning. The bats woke up in the 5th inning and loaded the bases for Steve Pearce, who lined a sharp hit single into left field. Ryan Flaherty got two more in on a groundball that found a hole into left field. Pearce and Flaherty drove in four of the Orioles run with Nick Markakis's homer accounting for the fifth.
Let's give a big cheer for Steve Pearce, who miraculously returned the Orioles lineup today and hasn't played organized baseball over the last ten days. He finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and played great defense over at first base.
Defensive Highlight/ Lowlights
Darren O'Day tried to pick off Neil Walker at second in the 8th but threw the ball away into centerfield.
Steve Pearce made a nice heads up play in the 4th. After a groundout to shortstop which J.J. Hardy fielded and threw to first, Pearce fired over to third base to catch Starlng Marte who tried to take a base on the play.
Pedro Alvarez hit a "Baltimore Chop" that looked like it would end the game in the 9th but it took a wicked bounce past Ryan Flaherty, who probabl should have stayed back on th play.
Key Moments In The Game
Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty coming thorugh with key its in bases loaded situations which gave the O's a 3-1 lead in the 5th.
Other Notes/ Musings
Today was the first game the Orioles have played since Sunday. I can't ever recall a three straight days without a game during the regular season but you can thank the rainstorm that won't seem to leave the area.
Nick Markakis managed the whole month of April without a homer, then puts one out on May 1st.
The Orioles are now a game over .500 with a 13-12 record.
Game 2 starts at 8:10 ET. Chris Tillman and Brandon Cumpton on the mound.
In Game Two
Matt Wieters walked it off after a thrilling comback from a 4-to-0 deficit.
The Orioles scored four times with a two out rally in the sixth to tie it up at four apece.
Nick Markakis homered to tie it once again after the Orioles fell behind in the seventh.
Matt homered to lead off the botton of the tenth inning.
All hands were on deck and Tommy Hunter notched the win.
A full report forthcoming in the AM.
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